Raymond John Kiefer, age 96, of Abbotsford, passed away November 25, 2018 at Dycora Transitional Health with his family by his side under the tender care of Hope Hospice. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford. Father Charlie Hiebl will officiate. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.
Raymond was born April 11, 1922 in the town of Holton to John and Ottilia (Steger) Kiefer. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Delores Brill on June 12, 1946 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. She preceded him in death on May 2, 2016. Together they had 8 children and farmed in the town of Holton until 1984.
Ray was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Raymond enjoyed dancing with his wife, riding his bike, playing the accordion and making lawn ornaments from wood. Ray and Delores traveled all over the world like; Hawaii, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and all 50 states. Ray was the treasurer of the Town of Holton for many years, and also was a member of the Catholic Family Insurance and building committee for St. Bernard’s in 1960.
Raymond is survived by his five sons; Ronald of Colby, Larry (Cheryl) of Hawaii, Dan (Robyn) of Abbotsford, Tom of Marion, and Mark (Krish) of Waconia, MN, and three daughters; Rose (Ken) Solberg of Medford, Trish (Brad) Podevels of Colby, and Michelle (Jeff) Wellsandt of Colby. He is further survived by 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores and two brothers, Gilbert and Aaron.