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Dennis K. Keefer, 71, of Marshall, Illinois, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Union Hospital at Terre Haute, Indiana, with his wife of 51 years by his side.
He was a retired business manager for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He was a 1966 graduate of Marshall High School and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Eastern Illinois University.
Dennis was born Dec. 31, 1948, at Mapleton, Oregon, the son of Wendell and Earline Shonk Keefer. He married Faye Douglas on Nov. 29, 1968, at Marshall, Illinois.
Surviving are his wife, Faye; two sons, Ross Keefer of Paris, Illinois, and Jason Keefer of Marshall, Illinois; brother Jerry Keefer of Marshall; and a very special friend, Bill Duke of Paris, Illinois, who gave one of his kidneys to Dennis in 2001.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Don Keefer, Phil Keefer and Gary Keefer; and two half brothers, Ben Rowe and Bob Rowe.
He was a member of the Community Bible Church of Paris. He had previously pastored churches at Kingman and Cates, Indiana, and two local, Asbury United Methodist Church and Oliver United Methodist churches. Dennis served this nation in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam era.
Services in honor of his life will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Pearce Funeral Home, with Pastors David Laborde and Bill Duke officiating. Burial will be in the Forsythe Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Bible Church.