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Wednesday January 5th, 2022
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Gary Raymond Keefer
Gary R. Keefer, age 68, of 144 Elysburg Road, Danville (Riverside) died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.
Born in Bloomsburg on December 27, 1953, he was a son of the late Raymond and Dorothy (Newbury) Keefer. He spent his life in the Danville/Riverside areas and was a 1971 graduate of Danville High School. He later graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Gary was employed by Geisinger Medical Center for 36 years, retiring in 2015. At the time of his retirement he was the Director of I. T. and Tele Communications.
He was of the United Methodist Faith.
Gary loved to bowl and bowled a perfect 300 game. As a youth he participated in Little League baseball. He was a follower of Bucknell sports, especially the basketball team. An avid golfer, he scored a hole in one. In observance of his 50th birthday, he traveled to Ireland to play golf. He followed his nephew’s and great nephew’s baseball teams.
He was a longtime member of the former Danville Elks Lodge. Gary also belonged to the Continental Fire Co. and Friendship Fire Co.’s in Danville. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys Football fan.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Dolores Croker and a brother-in-law, Daniel Doyle.
Gary is survived by three sisters: Barbara, wife of Jim Beshore, Bloomsburg, Sherry Doyle, Atlas and Debara, wife of Michael Chyko, Bloomsburg (Lightstreet); 10 nephews and nieces and 22 great-nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 11 a. m. in the Bloomsburg Christian Church, 107 Deussen Drive, Bloomsburg, with Church pastor, Eric J. Miller, officiating. The family will greet friends from 10-11 a. m.
Gary was a pet lover and friends may remember him with a contribution to either of the following: Danville S.P.C.A., 1467 Bloom Road, Danville, Pa 17821; PA P.E.T.S., 203 E. Fifth St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or to the Animal Resource Center, P. O. Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Roat-Kriner Funeral Home, 1133 Bloom Road, Danville.
I played well over 800 rounds of golf with Gary, almost 125 a year some years, shared many after work late hours on the Bucknell Golf Course, he will be missed very much by my wife, Kathy and I.
Dave Dye Sep 6 2022 4:05 PM
Deb and Barb: I don't have many childhood memories that don't include Gary in them. Playing golf, going to baseball and basketball games and our discussions of Steelers vs. Cowboys and who was the best. RIP Gary. Scot Long
Scot Long Jan 5 2022 1:32 PM
The many years I was blessed with the unequaled friendship of Gary Keefer were something I will never again experience in my life. I thank you for that, my friend, and can only hope that we will meet again. All of my love, Judy Rohland
Judy Rohland Jan 3 2022 5:48 PM
What a truly wonderful blessing to have your brother as your best friend. May all the moments you spent with him be a treasured keepsake in your heart forever until you meet again someday. Love and friendship to you Debbie. May God bless you and your family with peace. Sharon and Jim Lewis
Sharan and Jim Lewis Jan 3 2022 12:00 AM
Gary was my Uncle and Godfather. Born the same year he graduated high school, he was very often my babysitter when I was a little tyke. Over the years, he always held a very special place in my heart even though the miles had separated us. Every time I came home, he was always there and usually the last one to leave whenever we had family get-togethers. I will remember him always for his loving, kind and generous soul. RIP Uncle Gary. I Love you forever more and I hope to see you again one day in Heaven.
Michelle Beshore-Inman Jan 3 2022 12:00 AM
Deb. So sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers are with you and you family at this difficult time.
Marion and Jim Bush Jan 3 2022 12:00 AM
I was a nurse at Geisinger x30 years and knew Gary as a great employee and team member. Please accept my sympathy and peace for your family.
Barb Scaran Gingher Jan 3 2022 12:00 AM
My condolences and sympathy for his family
Kathy Linn Davis Jan 2 2022 12:00 AM
R.I.P. GARY he will deeply missed by many Thoughts and prayers to the Keefer Family God Bless you all
William Gerst Jan 2 2022 12:00 AM
In the four elementary schools in Danville, First Ward through Fourth Ward, plus Riverside elementary and Mahoning Cooper elementary we boys played basketball on Saturday mornings which Walter “Whitey” McCloskey oversaw. We at First Ward knew after our fourth grade who were the good players and who to be afraid of beating us. There was Donnie Wertman from Second Ward. There was Benny Linker from Third Ward. It was Mark Gatski from Mahoning-Cooper and Gary Keefer from Fourth Ward. I hope my memory of these recollections serves me well. I am thankful for knowing many of these basketball stars at 68 years. Thank you Gary for playing!! Kind regards and condolences to the Keefer Family, Randy Hummer
Randy Hummer Jan 2 2022 12:00 AM