CAPE CARTERET NC - Robert John Kieber, 90, died Sept. 15, 2009. Born June 30, 1919, in Buffalo N.Y., to John and Anna (Ruhland) Kieber, Dr. Kieber resided in Cape Carteret N.C. for the past 15 years.
Dr. Kieber graduated from Bennet High School in Buffalo and the University of Michigan. He served as a pilot in the European Command during World War II.
After the war, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. During his academic career, he published several papers summarizing his research in bacteriology. For many years he worked as a chemical engineer in New Jersey. Dr. Kieber received several patents for his work, notably for his research on fermentation processes.
An active and devout Catholic all of his life, many people expressed a deepening of their faith after attending one of Dr. Kieber's religious education classes that he taught in prison, in the parishes he attended, and at Mater Dei High School (New Monmouth N.J.) where he was faculty member for eight years.
He was also active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars ROMEOS group, volunteered at Meals on Wheels, and several other community groups. For many years, he supported youth sports through coaching. An early environmentalist, he was past member of the Izaac Walton League, White Oak River chapter.
Known for his love of thoughtful discussion, his wry humor and sharp insights were appreciated by his many friends and large family. An avid ice hockey player when young, Dr. Kieber also enjoyed golf, tennis, photography, reading, fishing, boating, gardening and tinkering.
Dr. Kieber is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Priscilla (Lasecki) Kieber. Also surviving are nine children, Gregory of Stamford, Conn., Marie Kieber-Emmons of Little Rock, Ark., Carolyn Grady of Fredonia, N.Y., Rabi of Riverdale, N.Y., David of Manlius, N.Y., Susan Prusinski of Warsaw, Poland, Robert Jr. of Wilmington, Joseph of Chapel Hill and Thomas of Brooklyn N.Y. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Mildred's Catholic Church on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Baribeau officiating. Burial will follow at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Jones Funeral Home in Swansboro Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mildred's Building Fund, 616 East Sabiston Dr., Swansboro, NC 28584.
Published in Jacksonville NC Daily News September 16, 2009
Priscilla Helen Lasecki Kieber