Obituary: David Keffer, 55, of Ludington

October 3, 2022

Dave Keffer

Obituary: David Keffer, 55, of Ludington

David Allen Keffer, 55, of Ludington, formerly of Kingsley, passed away on September 28, 2022.

Dave was born on June 1, 1967, the son of Thomas and Susan (Bell) Keffer. He graduated from Kingsley High School in 1985 and received a bachelor of science degree from Central Michigan University in 1990. He worked as a fisheries biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for the past 31 years. On December 28, 1991, Dave married the love of his life, Joann Hanson.

With his love of fishing, especially trout, Dave was recently teaching himself how to fly fish. He spent his down time working on home-improvement projects, enjoying nature hikes and photography. He could often be found watching the sunset with his wife at the Long Skinny Park in Hamlin Township.

Dave was a loving husband and father. Some of his favorite times were sitting at the beach with his family who meant the absolute world to him. As a dedicated father, he arranged his travel schedule as often as possible so he could attend every band concert, football game, and track meet. Although, a generally quiet and reserved man, his quick wit and dry sense of humor were often appreciated by those around him. His children became professional eye-rollers from all of his dad jokes!

Dave is survived by his wife and best friend of 30 years, Joann Keffer; children: Rachael (Andrew) Orlando, Allen Keffer, Rylee Keffer, and Adam Keffer; parents, Thomas and Susan Keffer; siblings: Jessi (Mitch) Sedlacek, Theresa Broad, and Lucinda (Scott) Bellmore; mother-in-law, Margaret “Peggy” Hanson; siblings-in-law: Robert (Paula) Hanson, Julie (Martin) Kelly, and Janet (Richard) Kiesel; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Schneider; grandparents: Merle Keffer, Madeline Fish, Elton Bell, and Marion Bell; and father-in-law, Robert Hanson.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 10, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington with visitation starting at noon.

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Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington.

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