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“My wife and I are so very sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy, a good friend of my brother, C. Thomas Wright and my Mother, Margaret Wright.. ...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Bruce C. WRIGHT - Rock Island, IL

“Tom,I am so sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers.Lisa Rowe ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Lisa Rowe

“ALWAYS ENJOYED HAVING COFFEE AND VISITING WITH TOM. WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS IN SCHOOL SHE WOULD WALK TO TOM'S AND RIDE THE HORSE. HE WILL BE MISSED ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: RICK-STARLA SMITH - BOONE, IA

“Mary Jo and family, your dad was a familiar presence in the community of Ogden. He was always lending a hand for whatever or whomever needed help....Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Laurie Fontanini - St. Charles, MO

“OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU--GREAT NEIGHBOR--LOVE FROM US BOTH ROY AND EVELYN STOCKMAN ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: EVELYN AND ROY STOCKMAN - OGDEN

“Steve and family, we are all so very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. We just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and your...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: FAREWAY MEAT DEPARTMENT CEDAR FALLS - IA

“Mr. Kieffer taught several of the most popular classes; drafting, design, and woodworking. In a crowded classroom full of sometimes rowdy male...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Kelley - Perry, IA

“Mr. Kieffer was a wonderful teacher and mentor. He possessed immeasurable patience and tolerance. I never once heard him raise his voice in a...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Kelley - Perry, IA

“Steve and Family,,We are very sorry for your loss. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Mike Koll & Family And The crew @ 639 - IA

“Sorry for your loss. Your Father's legacy,in addition to his service to our country, is his wonderful family and the many student who passed through...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Jack and Donna Rusnak - Boone, IA

“I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Kris (Ricke) Sees - Irene, SD

“We were blessed at Westhaven to have had both Dorothy and Tom as residents. Tom was always the gentleman, became a regular attender in our chapel...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Chaplain Jeff McDowell - Boone, IA

“Condolences to the family, Tom was a sweet man who truly cared about people. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Sharon Swanson-Geisinger - IA

“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Tome was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Hold on to...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Tim & Vicky Lonergan - Boone, IA

“Sorry for yas loss, enjoyed visits when he would come up to VFW ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Dallas Wisecup - Boone, IA

“Mary Jo and family, prayers and sympathies to you as you celebrate your dad's life. He touched those of many in such positive ways. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Kim Downs - St. Charles, IA

“Sorry for your loss,Prayers and thoughts with you and yours,God Bless! ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: John Sorenson - Boone

“So sorry to hear about Tom he was a great man our hearts go out your family and lots of prayer ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: DeAnna & Sam Nicklos - IA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you! He will be greatly missed by all. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Denise (Zunkel) Van Pelt - Ogden, IA

“Tom will be greatly missed but his warmth, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever. Our heart goes out to all of you at this difficult...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: larry & Deanna Leichliter - Ogden, IA


Tom Kieffer was born in Waverly on January 3, 1932, the son of Herman and Mary (Holland) Kieffer. He passed away peacefully with his family at his side on September 24, 2017, at the age of 85.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 28, 2017, at St. John's Catholic Church in Ogden. Father James Bruch will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Ogden. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the church, with a Scripture reading at 7:00 p.m. Military graveside rites conducted by the Boone Veteran's Council. For online obituaries and condolences please visit: www.carsonstappfuneralhome.com

Tom attended schools in Waverly and graduated from Waverly High School in 1949. He attended West Point and Iowa State Teachers College before joining the U. S. Navy in 1950. He served with the Navy during the Korean War in the Pacific on various ships. He continued in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. He returned to college at Iowa State College and completed a Masters Degree with major work in Industrial Technology and General Engineering.

Tom and Dorothy Heman were married on September 15, 1956, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dedham. They celebrated nearly 58 years together before Dorothy's passing in 2014.

He was an industrial technology, mathematics and physics teacher in at the Ogden High School for 38 years. He saw all seven of his children graduate from Ogden High School. He was instrumental in starting the Ogden Student Loan Foundation in 1964 that continues to assist Ogden students with college costs. For many years, he was associated with the Kieffer Manufacturing Company in woodworking and construction. He and his six sons worked together on many projects in the Ogden area. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; ISU Alumni Association and the Knights of Columbus.

Tom is survived by six of his children: Mary Jo (Tom) Hromatka, Urbandale; Bob (Lisa) of Ogden; Jim (Linda) of Spencer; Tom (Michelle Laughman) of Indianola; Steve (Traci) of Ogden; and Don (Alison) of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota; Fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy in 2014, son Bill in 2016, parents and
one brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Westhaven Community in Boone where Tom was given wonderful care the last few months of his life.