Obituary of Edward Allen Keefner

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Edward Allen Keefner, 82, of Great Barrington died peacefully Saturday August 12, 2023 in the home that he built surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born on April 7, 1941 in Hillsdale NY son of Rosemary (Decker) Hand and the late Raymond Keefner Sr. After graduating from High School Ed proudly served his country in the US Army during Vietnam from April 1958 to March 1961 then in the reserves till April of 1964 where he was a Bridge Specialist, Construction Equipment Operator and Military Police. He attained the rank of SP4 (E-4)(T) and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. After his service Ed worked as a carpenter for Kane and Melvin and as a cutter grinder for Clark Aiken-Matik, retiring in December of 1992. In his younger years Ed enjoyed hunting, deep sea fishing, golfing and playing pitch. Ed’s wife Sharon L. Kane whom he married on September 6, 1969 predeceased him on July 11, 2020. Ed is survived by his mother, Rosemary (Decker) Hand of Albany, his son Brian M. Keefner and wife Collen Torrant, his daughter, Shannon Wellauer-Devergilio and husband Robert, his brother Raymond Keefner Jr, his sister, Rosemary “Midge” Crine, his six grandchildren, Kayne Wellauer, Keegan Wellauer, Brady Devergilio, Kealy Devergilio, Aden Keefner and Devon Keefner as well as several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Ed’s wishes there are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Ed’s memory may be made to the Great Barrington Fire Department in care of the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South St. Great Barrington MA 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.

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