|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1923|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1944|
Pfc. Ervin J. Keefer, Jr., 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin J. Keefer, 402 Main Street, McSherrystown, was killed last Thursday night near Ferguson, Mo., in the crash of a training ship based at Scott Field, Ill., according to news dispatches from Scott Field.
Keefer who volunteered for Army duty on April 1, 1943, formerly trained as a crew mechanic and only recently had begun flying training according to a letter received at his home last week.
Private Keefer is a graduate of the Delone Catholic High School in the class of 1942. Before entering service last year he was employed by the Canon Shoe Company in McSherrystown.
Pfc. Keefer was the only son of Ervin J. and Fannie (Topper) Keefer of McSherrystown. The only other survivors are two sisters, the Misses Anna Jeannette and Rita Keefer, both at home.
A military funeral mass was celebrated in the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, McSherrystown, on Wednesday morning. The Rev. Anthony L. Topper, of Rosary church, Mount Alto, an uncle of the deceased, was celebrant at the mass. The Rev. Vincent Topper, cousin of the deceased, who is assistant rector at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mt. Carmel, was deacon and the Rev. Cyril J. Allwein was sub-deacon. The Rev. Daniel J. Crawley, pastor of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Buchanan Valley, served as master of ceremonies. An honor guard and bugler was provided for the military funeral by Hanover Post Veterans of Foreign Wars. Interment was made in the parish cemetery, McSherrystown.
The remains of Pfc. Keefer, a crew mechanic, arrived Monday by train. The flag-draped sealed casket was accompanied by a comrade from Scott Field, who served as a guard of honor.
Ervin John Keefer (1894 - 1978)
Fannie Topper Keefer (1889 - 1977)
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery
Created by: Misti Adams Unger
Record added: May 11, 2013
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