Obituary for Ronald Keefer
H. (Harry) Ronald Keefer, age 82, of Providence Place, Chambersburg, late of Mercersburg, passed on January 19, 2018, of natural causes. He was born on April 15, 1935 in Mercersburg. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Barbara Tritle Keefer on June 24, 1956 who passed on May 15, 2017.
Ron was proceeded in death by his wife of 61 years, Barbara, son Douglas R. Keefer and parents Ralph E. (Tommy) Keefer and Ruth M. Keefer.
He is survived by his son, Michael R. Keefer and wife Cathy of Clarion, one grandson, Travis R. Keefer and wife Caitlin of San Marcos, TX, and by his brother C. Randall (Butch) Keefer and wife Phyllis of Mercersburg as well as by two nieces and one nephew and their spouses and many grand nieces and nephews. Special appreciation is noted for Tina and Milfred Hornbaker and Thomas B. Steiger, Jr., Esq. for their continued caring and compassion over many years.
After high school graduation, Ron began his professional career as a tool and dye maker at Waynesboro Tool Company while he completed night school. He then was one of the earliest employees hired at Mack Trucks in Hagerstown, MD as a draftsman. He spent the rest of his career there retiring in 1989 as a senior engineer of the plant.
He was a life member of the Mercersburg Sportsmen’s Club and volunteered there for many years. He later turned to Boy Scouts, mainly Mercersburg Troop 28 where he held every volunteer post available including Scoutmaster for many years, seeing both his sons reach the rank of Eagle. In later life Ron served as a member of their advisory committee and continued as a merit badge counselor. He took scouting seriously and advanced his own training by earning his Woodbadge certification. He was honored by his induction into the Order of Arrow and later by the local Boy Scout district with the Silver Beaver Award, the district’s highest volunteer honor.
Ron was also a very active Mercersburg Lion, following in his father’s footsteps. He served in many capacities over the years including President and was once again honored for his service by the Lions Club as a Melvin Jones Fellow.
Ron was a life member of the First United Methodist Church of Mercersburg having served in many volunteer capacities over the years. Most recently, Ron assisted with the supervision of the construction of the church expansion and the new parsonage in Lenwood Heights.
Both he and Barb also volunteered with the local Meals on Wheels.
In addition to his volunteer service, he had many personal interests including history and model railroading having constructed a large display in his home. He was an avid hunter spending many days hunting at the family cabin near Ft. Louden and then near Clarion, PA with his son Michael and daughter-in-law Cathy. He and Barb also enjoyed camping and boating at Raystown Lake and spending time with relatives from Ohio. Finally, his love of Christmas was well known, even in July where it was not unusual to hear Christmas music in their home. Most notably, he created extensive seasonal light displays everywhere they lived. He also played Santa for many charities and schools.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM January 24th at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., Mercersburg, with Reverend Michael Baughman officiating. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg. Viewing 6 to 8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are recommended to BSA Troop 28 of Mercersburg, the Mercersburg Lions Club charities, or the Charles T. Brightbill Environmental Center of Mercersburg.