|Birth: ||Jan. 10, 1889|
|Death: ||Mar. 17, 1964|
Area Mourns Loss of Noted Leslie Kefgen
Cass City paid special tribute to a famous son Friday by flying flags when the funeral entourage carrying the body of Leslie Kefgen passed through the village for interment services at Elkland Cemetery.
Kefgen, 73, Bay City and Saginaw businessman and civic leader for a number of years, died Tuesday night, Mar. 17, , at the home of his sister, Mrs. Harper F. Zoller in Grand Rapids. He had attended Mr. Zoller's funeral Monday.
He was born in Cass City January 10, 1891, and was a graduate of Alma College and was a trustee on its board. Prior to World War I, he was superintendent of schools in Newberry.
His latest service to Cass City was as a major contributor to the Hills and Dales General Hospital building fund. He was a room donor.
During World War I, he spent 14 months overseas, four months as flight commander of the 20th Aero Squadron, a reconnaissance and bombing outfit in the early days of military aviation. He was cited for bravery in action by General John J. Pershing.
He joined forces with Oscar M. Anderson and formed the Northern Supply Co., automotive parts distributors, in Bay City in 1922. He went to Saginaw about 15 years ago to take charge of the firm's branch business there, but sold his interest in 1962 and retired.
He served as president of both the Bay City and Saginaw chambers of commerce during his long civic career.
He served as a member of the state prison commission and Michigan State Aeronautics Board, in addition to his activities in the American Legion and its work in Americanism. He was also active in state and national probation, conservation and educational bodies.
Kefgen was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Masonic and Elks lodges. He was one of the original trustees of the James R. Clement Airport in Bay City and was also active in Bay City politics at one time.
It was at his suggestion that the U.S. Defense Department and the FBI instituted the plan of spotting American Legion members in defense plants during World War II. Also during the war, he spent most of his weekends flying to Washington, D.C., to report to the FBI on the results of anti-Communist activities.
Funeral services were held in Saginaw with Rev. Melvin Vender of Cass City officiating. Active pallbearers were: Fred Gregory, Carl Beck, Edward Ambs, Clarence Howell, Fred Savage, and Frank Lusher.
Among the notables who were honorary pallbearers were: Hon. Wilbur Brucker, A.F. Anderson, O.M. Anderson, H.E. Braun, Stanley Bean, Dr. Andre J. Cortopassi, J.D. Frost, M.W. Lamson, James Jerome, John Lucas, Harry Lund, Chester Miller, J.A. McDonald, George Miller, Dr. A.P. Moon, R. Perry Shorts, Carl Smith, Arthur Spence, Dr. Robert Swanson, J.W. Symons, F.G. Titus, Donald Valley, and H.L. Ziegenbein.
(Cass City Chronicle, March 26, 1964, p. 3.)
Phillip A. Koepfgen (1846 - 1924)
Elizabeth Morton Koepfgen (1856 - 1956)
Beryl M. Koepfgen (1883 - 1967)*
Leslie P. Koepfgen (1889 - 1964)
Beatrice Koepfgen Zoller (1898 - 1975)*
1889 - 1964
Elkland Township Cemetery
Plot: Section 3, Block 3, Lot 80, Plot 3
Created by: Joann Geybels
Record added: Oct 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99763233