James Louis Kiefer at the age of 81, passed peacefully on Friday, May 29, 2020 at his Sun Lakes, Arizona residence due to health issues. He was born February 25, 1939 in Piqua, Ohio to the late George Charles & Margaret Jane (Schneyer) Kiefer, Jr. He married Teresa Louise Kiefer on November 12, 1983 in Anaheim, CA; and she survives.
Other survivors include a son David L. Kiefer of Riverside, CA, two stepsons Thomas J. Woodburn, Jr. (Wendy) of Carlsbad, CA, and Todd M. Woodburn (Heidi) of Spring Valley, CA. Also, two stepdaughter’s Melissa Kopp of Cottonwood, AZ, and Kim Kopp Stump (Gregory) of Magalia, CA along with 14 grandchildren. Three brother’s Thomas S. Kiefer (Shirley deceased), William J. Kiefer (Debby), Robert Kiefer (Delores) all of Piqua, OH; a sister Mary Gail Kiefer of New Orleans, LA; and many nieces and nephew. His deceased brother George C. Kiefer (Kathy survives).
Jim went to the Piqua Catholic High School in Ohio. Afterwards he worked for the Container Corporation of America and Rachelle Inc. in Piqua, Ohio. In 1966, he moved to California and worked for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Co. and Thatcher Glass Co. Jim meet Teri in 1977 and they married in 1983. Jim worked for American Linen & Supply Co (ALSCO) in 1978 until he retired in 1996. He was honored the “Safe Driver’s Award” as a Route Salesman for 18 years. Jim and Teri moved to Sun Lakes, AZ in 1996 where he worked on the Cottonwood/Palo Verde Patrol for 14 years till he retired. Jim in his younger years, loved riding motorcycles, dirt biking, camping, playing basketball, tennis, pool and bowling. In his later years Jim loved playing golf. He also loved watching his Ohio State “Buckeyes” along with INDY cars, NASCARS, Laker’s, Diamondbacks, and cowboy shows were his favorite. Jim and Teri through the years traveled and cruised to many wonderful places. Their main destination was California quite often to be with their children and grandkids and watching them grow.
Jim was a loving, kind, caring, easy going and amazing man. He was a loving husband, Dad, Papa, Brother, Uncle and Friend. He is Gone, yet not forgotten. Forever in our Hearts. His presence we miss. His memories we treasure. Loving him always, forgetting him never.
A service to honor his life will be held privately at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity in Jim’s name. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.
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