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Darrel L. Kiefner, 69, of Vincennes, passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Good Samaritan Hospital surrounded by family. Darrel was born July 12, 1948, in Indianapolis, the son of Vernon "Bud" and Geneva Hiam Kiefner. He was a 1966 graduate of Barr-Reeve High School and he attended Vincennes University and Indiana State University. He served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army, having attained the rank of E-4. He married Gloria Shappard on Oct 9, 1971, and they made their life together for nearly 47 years. Darrel was a union millwright for over 35 years and he owned the Australian Connection Emu Ranch. He held memberships in the Gold Wing Riders Assn., he served as chapter director of IN-M White River Wings of the Gold Wing Road Riders, the American Legion and the VFW. He enjoyed rides with the G.W.R.R.A. friends, going on cruises with Gloria at various ports of call, playing euchre with family and model trains.
Darrel is survived by his wife, Gloria Kiefner; his brother, Dennis Kiefner and his wife Nancy of St. Charles, Missouri; his sister Darlene Kiefner of Newport, Tennessee. He is also survived by his sisters- and brothers-in-law Carol Sievers and her husband Randy of Newburgh, Susan Mutin and her husband John of Cordova, Tennessee, Francis Shappard and his wife Julie of Roswell, Georgia, Beth O'Dell and her husband Tim of Vincennes and Mike Shappard and his wife Ann of Jasper. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews, 11 great-nieces and nephews and his two faithful dogs, Bashful and Ingrid.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the St. John Catholic Church, with Rev. David Fleck officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, with military honors presented by the All Weather Firing Squad. The family will received friends Thursday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Welch Diabetes Center at the Good Samaritan Foundation.
Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home was honored to assist the family in their time of loss. Online condolences can be made at duesterbergfredrick.com
Published on February 9, 2018
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