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John Daniel Keiffner Jr.

November 5, 1947May 15, 2020
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John D. Keiffner, Jr

72, of Louisville, KY passed from this life Friday, May 15th, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer for over a decade. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Patricia Pinto Keiffner, sons John III (Gillian) and Ryan (Nicole) and grandchildren, Vivienne, Lucia, John IV, Suzette and Kipton; sister Jeanne Keiffner Nohalty (John) nieces Jennifer, Bridget, nephews Larry and Ben Nohalty; preceded In death by his brother Thomas Keiffner (Pat), and brothers-in-law Harry K Strassel(Barbara) and Charlie Pinto (Kathy); survived by nieces Kate Koch, Ellen Keiffner and Amy Cassell; the King and Culver cousins, and predeceased by twin granddaughters Kennedy Parke and Harper Grace Keiffner.

John was born November 5th, 1947 to the late John D. Keiffner and Mary Belle Culver.

His first love as a boy was baseball, playing for Christ the King elementary, Flaget High School and Morehead State University, where he was captain, and semi-pro with Louisville Pleasant Pats. He declined an offer for the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

John studied math and business at Morehead State University and was president of Collegiate Knights, leading the fraternity to be founding members of Phi Delta Theta. He earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

In 1969 John married college sweetheart and the love of his life Pat Pinto and began his 17-year career with Valvoline—Ashland Oil, and his climb up the corporate ladder, with increasingly more responsible positions. The family moved from Ashland, KY, where son John III was born, to Old Bridge, NJ, to Los Angeles, CA, where son Ryan was born, to Dallas, TX. Later to Orange County, CA, culminating with a move to the Corporate Headquarters in Lexington, KY as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales Operations & Marketing.

There, John’s lifelong love and obsession as a University of KY Wildcat fan truly flourished.

John spent the next 32 years in Carmel, IN. He was named Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing with Mayflower Corporation. Fulfilling an entrepreneurial spirit he left to be Managing Partner with wife Pat for 5 years of a startup Midwest division of Magna Graphic, Inc based in Lexington, KY. John then became Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer of global company Australian Gold.

Across oil, transportation, graphics and tanning lotions industries, John’s strategic vision, leadership, team building skills and magnetic personality resulted in impressive successes with product, events but most significantly with people.

For John, tailgating was a passion, crafting menus, hosting friends and family and toasting Maker’s Mark. He was a masterful storyteller about family mischief, college days, and traveling the world. He was proud to be a 29-year Colts season tickets holder, Maker’s Mark Ambassador, UK Fellow and Kentucky Colonel.

By far John’s greatest joy came from his five grandchildren and one more on the way. PaPa lived for sleepovers, picking them up from school, reading their favorite books - and who else but a devoted grandfather provides a dedicated room in his home for an “all world” inflatable bounce house just to hear their squeals of delight. He was larger than life to them and to all he met.

John was a lifelong Catholic and member of St. Luke Catholic Church. He always exuded strength and love so others felt confident and cared for. He is the center of our family’s universe. And from there as we persevere preparing for our lives without him, it is his smile that could light up a room that will be long remembered.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Thanksgiving weekend in Carmel, IN.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Teachers’ Treasures and St. Luke Catholic Church & School. Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel assisting with arrangements and you are invited to visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of John.


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John Daniel Keiffner Jr.

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Ritchie Shewmaker

May 26, 2020


So sorry to learn about John's battle with cancer and passing. I am very fortunate that John hired me and started my career in the transportation business. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Susan Murrill

May 24, 2020

Dear Pat, JD, Ryan and family,
Bob and I are saddened to hear about John's passing. The photos and memories shared here tell the story of a great family man, respected, accomplished and loved. I can imagine the joy he experienced these last years with your grandchildren, friends and family close by, watching sports and holding the hand of his beloved Pat.
When I think of John I picture his positive smile, the sweep of his hand and his words "It's all going to be okay". ..and so it is. . may his loving spirit remain close to each of you and guide you through the years ahead.
Bob and I have many memories that bring huge smiles to our faces. Shared experiences that will never be abandoned.
Hugs and love, Susan and Bob Murrill

Ted Butz

May 24, 2020

John And Patty were referred to me to help them find a new home when they moved to Indianapolis. We developed a great friendship in a matter of a few days. John’s infectious smile warmed the hearts of everyone he met.
After the real estate closing, John and Patty invited my wife and me to their home for a house warming. He posted a flyer on the front door with my picture and the letters “MVP”. This was for the role I played in helping them find their new home. I still have that flyer in my box of real estate memories.

Dubbie Buckler

May 22, 2020

Dear Pat and family, I am so sorry to learn that John has lost his battle with cancer. While his earthly life has ended, may you forever feel his spirit with you as he sends you his love from Heaven. May a lifetime of happy memories help lift you through this very sad time.
With deepest condolences,
Dubbie Buckler

Susan Phemster

May 22, 2020

John hired me at Australian Gold in 2000. He was my boss mentor and friend for over 12 years. My fondest memories are associated with the many venues where we hosted customers : Ft Lauderdale, Trevor's Yacht, Nassau, Las Vegas, Indy 500, Pacers and Colts Suites and fabulous dinners in Indy. John always made sure everything was first class and top drawer. As Chuck Robinson use to say, "He worked hard. He played hard. But, he knew the difference."
John wasn't much for computers and technology, but he was more organized and in control with his yellow legal pads than most were with their laptops. He exuded confidence. If he was ever unsure of a decision or direction, he never let it show. He wasn't one to give many accolades, so when you got an "Attaboy" from John - you knew it was deserved.
John, thanks for 12 years of being a great boss and leader. I shall always miss you and toast you with each Makers Mark!

Tony & Carole Watt

May 21, 2020

We always enjoyed John’s company. We had fun with sports trivia trying to outdo each other which entertained our mutual friends.
May he rest in Our Lord’s loving arms.

James Peoples

May 21, 2020

I first met John at LA fitness in Carmel. It was always a good laugh and great conversation when I saw him. I will always cherish those moments of you. God Bless your wife and family through this difficult time. You will definitely be missed.

Harold Joyce

May 20, 2020

So sorry to learn of John’s passing. I was fortunate enough to have been a classmate, teammate and friend. The world lost a good person. Prayers for the Keiffner Family.

Michael Potter

May 20, 2020

It is this short phrase from John's eloquent Obituary:

"...it is his smile that could light up a room that will be long remembered."

Never saw John without that smile. That is how we will remember him.
John's entire family is in our thoughts and prayers!
Mike Potter

John D. Cooke

May 20, 2020

John was always larger than life. He was my fraternity brother my golf partner and my good friend. We had much fun doing whatever. His love of horses in the Kentucky Derby was always a pleasure. He and Pat were guests at our house in Florida and you could always count on John to be the chef of one of the very best meals during the week. He fought one of the longest cancer battles that I have ever seen. I will miss him. Sincerely John Cooke


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