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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
William R. Kiefriter
August 16, 1922 - November 15, 2017

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Clergy - Calvary Chapel - 13500 Philmont Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116 - 215-969-1520 - Map
Cemetery - Washington Crossing National Cemetery - 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940 - 800-535-1117 - Map
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Donation - Disabled American Veterans - PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 - 877-426-2838 - Map
Donation - Wounded Warrior Project - PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 - 877-832-6997 - Map

William R. Kiefriter of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania died Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Abington Hospital Jefferson Health. He was 95 years old. William was born August 16, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late Russell W. Kiefriter and the late Catherine Kiefriter (nee - Mossop). He is the beloved husband of the late Frances C. Kiefriter; father of Patricia Bispham and her boyfriend Marvin D. Fackenthall; grandfather of Christopher Hoisington and his wife Katherine; great grandfather of Skyler Hoisington and Haileigh Davis; brother of Katherine Tuhacek.

Bill was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia where he attended Olney High School. He joined the United States Army in March of 1943 and was a member of the 7th Army, 70th Infantry Division “Trailblazers.” Bill served in Europe and participated in campaigns in Central Europe and The Rhineland. He drove an ammunition truck, hauling 105 mm shells to US gun emplacements. His decorations included: American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. Bill was honorably discharged in April of 1946 at a rank of Sergeant. Bill’s conversations later in life frequently came back to veteran’s affairs and the service provided by military veterans. After his military service ended, Bill worked as an auto repair estimator for Wolfington Body Company Inc. His connections at Wolfington led to an opportunity to become a claim manager at the Allstate Insurance Company where he stayed until his retirement at 63 in 1985.

In his free time, Bill enjoyed playing the lottery, reading, watching TV, and when possible, going to Atlantic City, NJ to play the slots. He loved going out to “dine” and was a regular at Otto’s restaurant in Horsham. He enjoyed cooking with his grandson Chris, especially eggs and omelets. Bill was a car guy and knew a lot about different types of cars. His favorites were always the “Caddys.” He was known for needing to take photos to document everywhere he went. While out and about, Bill would frequently start up conversations with complete strangers and engage them like they were best of friends. He often drove his car well under the speed limit while in neighborhoods because of “these kids... you have to watch out for them.” His care for the younger generations was clear when he attended every event he could for his grandson Chris. Bill was known by Chris’ friends as “grandpop.” When his great grandson was born, Skyler became the light of Bill’s life.

Relatives and friends were invited to his visitation on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. and memorial service at 12:00 P.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. His graveside service followed with military honors rendered by the United States Army at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

Religious services were conducted by Pastor Gil Trusty from Calvary Chapel, 13500 Philmont Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Family flowers arranged by LeRoy’s Flowers and Gifts, Inc 215-674-0450.

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