Lawrence chose not to go into the family business, but went to college and became an engineer. He worked for GE in Cleveland, OH for most of his working life where he and Lulu raised their children.
After retiring, they moved back to the Robinson area where he enjoyed playing golf, gardening and was quite involved in the Rotary Club.
When he was in college the registrar had his surname spelled Keiffer instead of the true spelling of Kieffer. He tried to get them to change it but finally decided to "just go with it" and used Keiffer from then on, as did his children.