Clifford B. Kiefer
Clifford B. Kiefer, 92, of Urbana, passed away peacefully at Carle Foundation Hospital on Friday, November 6, 2015.
Mr. Kiefer was born on December 31, 1922 to George Kiefer and the former Bertha Hopkins at Foosland, Illinois. He grew up in Fisher, Illinois, graduating from Fisher High School. Mr. Kiefer served with the United States Infantry in the European Theater during World War II, participating in the Central Europe Champaign. He left active service as a Pfc, subsequently attaining the rank of Sergeant in the Army Reserves.
On January 2, 1949, Mr. Kiefer married Shirley M. Anderson, who predeceased him in 2004. A devoted family man, Clifford was relied upon by immediate and extended family members. He was an elder of his church, and played a leadership role in the Supportive Families for the Mentally Ill. At the time of his retirement he worked for the Illinois State Mental Health Department. He enjoyed mystery novels and crossword puzzles.
Mr. Kiefer was predeceased by his parents, his wife and an infant son, by a brother and a sister. He is survived by a son Jerry, of Olean, NY, a daughter Susan of Paxton, and a sister Betty Kirby of Champaign.
By his request, there will be no service nor visitation. If desired, memorials may be made to the NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill).
Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
I have been the grateful recipient of the past work of Mr. Kiefer through the NAMI Champaign County chapter. My brother, Ken, has major depression and Asperger Syndrome. Five years ago or so, I moved him from our childhood home in Morton, IL to our current home in Champaign, IL. NoI can be reached via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org having any knowledge of mental illness, I struggled with little hope until finding the NAMI chapter here. The members of this caring organization brought HOPE to our lives. Fast forward to today: Ken is doing well and I am trying to assist others in finding help and hope in my current position as NAMI Champaign County president.
I wish I could have met Mr. Kiefer, but I saw his name on our state of Illinois correspondence many times. It's hard to change names on the state of Illinois forms.
NAMI Champaign County would like to honor Mr. Kiefer with a living tree donated in his honor to the Champaign Park District as we are also doing for Mr. Dan Perrino. Mr. Kiefer and Mr. Perrino were two of NAMI Champaign County's initial founding members. I would like the permission of the family to honor him in this way. Park selection and plaque acknowledgment wording would also be at their preference.