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William Paul "Bill" Kefes, Jr
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Birth: Nov. 29, 1893
Cincinnati
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 1964
Kenosha
Kenosha County
Wisconsin, USA

William Paul Kefes, Jr. was the son of William Paul Kefes, Sr., who was the son of the emigrant, William Kefes from Bavaria, Germany. His ancestry on his father's side includes a combination of German from Bavaria (Kefes) and Austrian from the Tyrol region (Schwemberger). On his mother's side it is Irish (Scully), his grandparents, John and Katherine Scully emigrated to Cincinnati in the mid 1800's. William was born in Cincinnati, OH, moving with his parents to Chicago as a young boy. His family moved to Kenosha in about 1915 where he met a beautiful daughter of a candymaker; he married Katherine Harbaugh in Gettysburg, PA while in training with the U.S. Army Tank Corps before going overseas in 1918. His first child, Virginia was born June 28, 1919----his son, Donn, was born in October 6, 1930. They lived in a lovely two story house In Kenosha for a number of years. There was a lot of squabbling between Bill and his wife Kathie, and ultimately Kathie and Bill divorced in the early 1930's. Bill's daughter told a story about her father who was strict and somewhat distant: one Sunday afternoon Bill stood with Virginia and her mother at the end of the wharf in Kenosha. He jokingly looked down at Virginia, and said "Jump in." She did! Much to Bill's consternation, he had to jump in the water in his "Sunday Best" to retrieve his dutiful young daughter.

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Kenosha News article about the passing of William Kefes in April 1964:

William P. Kefes, Jr., 70, 4535 Wilson Road, a long time and well known employee of American Motors Corp., and its predecessor companies, died at Kenosha Memorial Hospital Tuesday noon following a long illness. Mr. Kefes joined the Thoms J. Jeffrey Company cost accounting department in 1915. On May 15, 1918 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and he served in the Tank Corps, 304th Battalion Company C and was with the A.E.F. overseas. Following his honorable discharge on June 4, 1919, Mr.Kefes returned to Kenosha and was made supervisor in charge of car scheduling at Nash Motors. In 1948 he was named superintendent of planning of American Motors Corp., a position he held until his retirement in December of 1958. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Nov. 29, 1893, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Paul Kefes. The family moved to Chicago when he was a young boy. He spent his early life there and was educated in Chicago schools. He was a graduate of the North Chicago Business College. On July 10, 1948, Mr. Kefes married Helen Seymour who survives him. He was a member of St. James Church. Mr. Kefes also was one of the organizers and a past president of the American Motors Corp. Supervisors Club, a member of Kenosha Lodge 750 of the Elks, a member of American Legion Paul Herrick Post 21 and of the Last Man's Club. Surviving besides the widow are a son, Donn of Los Angeles; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Vine of Van Nuys, Calif; a sister, Mrs. Helen K. Callahan of Los Angeles, Calif. and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marie, in 1915.

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Paul Kefes (1868 - 1955)
  Katherine Gertrude Scully Kefes (1871 - 1944)
 
 Spouses:
  Katherine Jeanette Harbaugh Fitzmartin (1893 - 1970)*
  Helen Rose Seymour Hansen (1915 - 2013)*
 
 Children:
  Virginia Marie Vine (1919 - 1993)*
  Donn Emerson Kefes (1930 - 1967)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Paul Kefes (1893 - 1964)
  Marie Kefes (1896 - 1915)*
  Helen Kefes Callahan (1898 - 1974)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint James Cemetery
Kenosha
Kenosha County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Created by: Valarie Vine
Record added: Jun 21, 2010
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William Paul Bill Kefes, Jr
Added by: Valarie Vine
 
William Paul Bill Kefes, Jr
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William Paul Bill Kefes, Jr
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