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Jeffrey L. Keefauver

Jeffrey L. Keefauver, 56, of Astoria, passed away at 7:02 AM on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Mason District Hospital in Havana. He was born on August 8, 1963 to Charles Keefauver and Jean (Vollmar) King.

Surviving is his mother, Jean King and step-father, Cecil King; four children, Kyla, Sadie, Cally, and Gavin; one granddaughter, Waylyn Dabney; two brothers, Brad and Curt Keefauver; one sister, Carla Summers; and Aunt, Esther Keefauver.

He is preceded in death by his father.

Jeffrey enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his family and was a great dad. He also served in the National Guard.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019. Details of the service will be shared by the family. Memorials can be made to As Good As Gold Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois. To make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

19 Comments

  • Bob and Susie Bucher

    Reply November 29, 2019 10:06 am

    So very sorry, a very nice guy gone to soon. Bob & Susie Bucher

  • Dan Ristau

    Reply November 29, 2019 1:33 pm

    So sorry and prayers for the family. He was a great guy and I enjoyed the time I worked with him at Mitsubishi.

  • Max & Lucille Latimer

    Reply November 30, 2019 9:10 am

    We send hugs of condolences and prayers to all of the Keefauver and King families. May your beautiful memories give you peace, comfort, and pride in all of your tomorrows. Jeff always gave me (Max) the feeling that there was no one that loved his family more than he did.

    “Angels are always near to those who grieve, to whisper to them that their loved one is in the arms of God”.

  • Chuck and Linda Oprian

    Reply November 30, 2019 9:55 am

    May he RIP and God bless his family.

  • Kermit and Sharon vollmar

    Reply November 30, 2019 9:55 am

    Jean king and family. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Carol Parrish

    Reply November 30, 2019 11:34 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. You have the sincere sympathy and prayers of our family extended to yours. Your Dad was so proud and loved his children so much. Hold tight to the wonderful memories you had with him. Bob and Carol (McCoy)Parrish.

  • Jack. Hickok

    Reply November 30, 2019 2:10 pm

    To the Family. Jeff and I worked together at MMNA for years. He was an excellent Supervisor and respected by Associates and Staff alike. Many of us would like to attend a celebration of Jeff’s life or some other event. Please let me know when it will be and where if you would like us to attend. Jack Hickok. 309 287 4943

  • Marilyn Ryan

    Reply November 30, 2019 5:57 pm

    I knew him from Mitsubishi. Always heard him talk about his family. A really good man. Gone too soon. Marilyn Ryan

  • Roy Gamber

    Reply December 1, 2019 12:11 pm

    Jeff and l met in high school and have been lifelong friends eversince.l have countless memories of the many hunting and fishing trips we made together. I can’t really imagine my life without him in it.
    Jeff always talked about his kids,he was so proud of how they all turned out. I don’t think there’s anything he wouldn’t have done for them.
    Jeff loved his Mom as well. I remember a few years back him saying that she was like the matriarch doe, leading the herd. He said she was the glue that held them all together. I have no doubt she will lead them through this as well.
    Enough of the sappy stuff, Jeff would say dying is part of living and the rest of us need to get on with it.

  • Robert Wade

    Reply December 1, 2019 7:47 pm

    I also worked with Jeff at MMNA. We had some great times outside of work, hunting, cutting firewood, and shooting archery. He helped me move, only a true friend helps you move. Jeff loved his kids and talked about them often.

  • Murphy

    Reply December 2, 2019 7:33 pm

    I knew Jeff as a most capable and willing co-worker who served his people and advocated for them personally as well as professionally. We spent a lot of hours talking and he loved most and spoke most about his beloved family and his outdoors activities. I admired his optimism and his ability to tell hilarious stories. A true good-timin’ man. Fear not, he rests with angels and those he loves who went before. Godspeed, Keefauver.

  • Terry Lee Williams

    Reply December 3, 2019 11:38 am

    It has been days now since I learned of Jeffery’s passing. I just couldn’t think of what to say. I always called him “ Jeffrey” instead of Jeff! I would always tell him to pick his feet up when he walked! I could hear him coming from a mile away! He was my group leader at Mitsubishi but more than that he was my friend. He loved his family. He was easy going. He was laid back. Never mad or agitated. He was a great human being. The world is somewhat dimmer without him in it! Fly high my friend.

    God grant that I may live
    to hunt until my dying day.
    And when it comes to my last shoot,
    I then most humbly pray,
    When in the Lord’s safe gamebag,
    I’m peacefully asleep.
    That in his mercy, I be judged
    A fitting trophy to keep.

  • Crystal Deppert

    Reply December 3, 2019 4:26 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you.

  • Deena Reichert

    Reply December 4, 2019 4:59 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss, my prayers and thoughts go out to each of you as you go through this difficult time.

  • Randy Payne

    Reply December 4, 2019 7:28 pm

    Jeff was such a hard working man and a good friend of mine at MMNA. I always enjoyed speaking with him about our families…..he was so proud of his children. My deepest condolences to Jeff’s family.

  • Cally

    Reply December 4, 2019 9:13 pm

    I appreciate all of the kind words here about my father. He was truly the best. He taught us all of life’s important lessons. It hurts beyond belief to think of living our lives without him, but he raised us to be strong enough for this. He taught us to be independent, to be kind, to laugh at ourselves, to be generous, to be respectful, and to persevere. Most of all, he taught us the importance of family. That is our guiding light through this terrible heartbreak, and I am so thankful that he taught us to look out for each other.

    We love you, dad. As my sister said, you were the sun around which the four of us orbited. We miss you than words can say.

  • Jesse Endsley

    Reply December 6, 2019 6:48 pm

    I enjoyed working with Jeff at NTN Bower, he was a good guy and will be missed. Sorry for your loss

  • Brian Bohm

    Reply December 8, 2019 12:25 pm

    Rest In Peace Jeff. Remembering back to those day’s when we were young supervisors at Mitsubishi. We had some really great times together. You will Be missed my friend.

  • Jack & Laurie Brasher

    Reply December 10, 2019 8:47 pm

    To our friend – Rest in Peace, you are gone to soon and although your time with us is over, you will live in our hearts and memories forever.

    Your friendship over the years has given me many memories from working together at MMNA, hunting (thank you for getting me started), fishing and two trips to Canada, camping at Gamber’s Cove, and just hanging out. I know there are many other lives you have touched over the years in similar ways because you were a good man and an awesome friend.

    To your family – We are so sorry for your great loss. Jeff loved and respected all of you and spoke of you often. He was a very proud dad and loved to talk about all of his kids and their many accomplishments. You all made him smile with true joy.

    We will miss you.

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