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George A. KEEFER

March 13, 1939 ~ December 26, 2018 (age 79)

George A. Keefer of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, died at his home on December 26, 2018, at the age of 79. The last days of his life were spent celebrating the Christmas season with loving family and friends. George grew up in Sunbury, Pennsylvania and moved to Quakertown after high school. Shortly thereafter, in 1960, he met and married the the love of his life, Janice Hoffert. George worked at the U.S. Gauge division of Ametek for approximately 42 years, repairing aircraft parts, and making air travel safer for all while working hard to provide for his family. After retiring from “the Gauge,” George opened his own small flag business, Top of the Pole, and donated many U.S. flags over his years in business. If he spotted a flying U.S. flag in distress, he was often known to deliver a new flag to the owner/facility free of charge. George was extremely active in the community, taking on leadership roles in many of the organizations he was part of. He, along with Jan, enjoyed spending time during the summer season at the Ocean Sands seasonal community in Seaville, NJ where George served as President of the association for 12 years. George also liked working with wood and spent a fair amount of time tinkering in his garage, making picture frames and other items for his family and friends when he wasn’t in front of the television rooting for various Philly sports teams. George and Jan enjoyed bowling and George served as President of the Gauge bowling league for many years. In 1980, George joined Sellersville Moose Lodge 1539 and remained a member for life. He was especially proud of the Lodge’s support of Mooseheart (for the benefit of youth whose families are unable to provide for their wellness or success); and over the years of his membership, George served in almost every leadership position at the Lodge, including Governor. At the time of his death, he served as the Lodge’s Prelate. This past September, George received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Moose, for his extraordinary service to the Lodge. Despite his cancer diagnosis several years ago, George continued to be as active as possible, and he and Jan enjoyed the special everyday moments in life, watching the birds outside their window at breakfast, going to the Moose on Wednesdays for a game of longboard and lunch, bowling on Thursdays, spending time with their children and grandchildren, visiting with their siblings, chatting with the neighbors, attending church on Sundays, and always making themselves available to lend a helping hand to whoever needed one. Son of the late Stella M. (Hamilton) Keefer and George C. Keefer, George is survived by his wife of more than 58 years, Janice; his two children, son Jeffrey G. Keefer and daughter, Michele K. Dietrich and her husband, Thomas; and four grandchildren, Lucretia Seaman, Stephanie Keefer, Kasey Dietrich and Tyler Keefer; and his sister, Virginia Keefer. He was predeceased by his brother, J. Paul Keefer. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but remembered for his loving heart, loyalty and willingness to help all in need. George was an active member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served as Vice President of the church council. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the church located at 4 South Main St., Richlandtown, PA. Friends may visit with family members from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the church at: 4 South Main St, P.O. Box 459, Richlandtown, PA 18955. Funeral home website:

Donations may be made to:

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
4 South Main Street, Richlandtown PA 18955

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