Harold “Hal” D. Keefner, 91, of Warren passed away Friday, September 3, 2021, at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by family after a brief illness.
He was born on September 14, 1929, the son of Ralph and Mary (Doutt) Keefner in Southington, the youngest of six children.
Harold was a 1947 graduate of Howland High School. His first job was as a caddy at Old Avalon Golf Course and that started his passion for golf. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
Harold worked at Ohio Lamp and attended Youngstown State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1967. He taught health and physical education in the Newton Falls Exempted Village School District before retiring in 1991. In addition, he coached basketball and golf for the school district.
In his younger years, he participated in softball, bowling, and boxing. He treasured family fishing and boating trips in Canada. He especially loved golfing and was on several leagues. Hal also enjoyed playing volleyball at the YMCA. He liked crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, traveling, and eating out at his favorite restaurants, O’Charley’s and Perkins. Hal enjoyed telling stories and was very passionate about politics and current events. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Harold is survived by his children, JoAnn Michelakis, James (Alicia Goett) Keefner, Amy (Shawn) Mark, Christine (Aaron) Keefner-Hull; grandchildren, John (Liz Montecalvo) Michelakis, Joseph (Nicole) Michelakis, Jeffrey (Stephanie Conrad) Michelakis, James Michelakis, James Keefner, Kayla (Joe Wilkinson) Keefner, Rachel, Allison, and Caitlin Mark, Charlotte, Maeve, and Molly Hull; great-grandchildren, Emmanuel and Eleni Michelakis, Thalia Michelakis, and James Keefner; brothers, Robert and Ralph (Roberta) Keefner; and his special friend, Ruth Rogers. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Sandra, whom he married on November 8, 1969, and died August 21, 1998; brothers, Earl and Clarence Keefner; sister, Bertha Gates, and son-in-law, John Michelakis.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls.
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