Joseph W Keffler

April 7, 1921July 23, 2014

Joseph W. Keffler was born on April 6, 1921 in Malvern, Ohio. He passed away on July 7, 2014 in Midland, Texas. He grew up with many siblings including his last surviving brother, David. Joe graduated from Malvern High School where he was a celebrated left handed quarterback. In 1939 he attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana until he dropped out to join the army. In the army he was a member of the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles), 502nd Parachute Regiment, and 1st Battalion Easy Company. General Dwight Eisenhower personally presented him with a distinguished service medal for his courage and valor in the Battle of the Bulge. After his honorable discharge he enrolled in the Petroleum Engineering program at Ohio State University and played clarinet in the Buckeye Marching Band. He graduated from O.S. in 1947 with a degree in Geophysics. Joseph began a thirty two year career with Phillips Petroleum and moved to West Texas with the first love of his life, Ruth Koehler. They were married until her death on July 20, 1999. In his early career Joe and Ruth moved fifteen times including multiple moves to Borger, Texas, Brownfield, Texas, Ft. Stockton, Texas, Houston, Texas, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and four times to Midland, Texas where Joe and Ruth raised three sons Bill, John, and Rob. After his retirement from Philips in 1978, Joe Keffler opened his own oil exploration company and worked as an oil exploration consultant until he closed his office in 2011. Joe met the second love of his life, Jo Francis and they married in 2003. A lifelong Catholic, Joe was active in Knights of Columbus and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was a Scout Leader and Little League Coach. In addition to his brother David and his beloved wife Jo, Joe Keffler is survived by children and their spouses, Bill and Chrissie Keffler, John and Donna Keffler, and Rob and Louise Keffler; step children and their spouses, Kenneth and Judy Terry, Susan and Tom Hatfield, and Sharon Roberts; grandchildren, Abby, Joey, Sam, Ellie, Will, Jeffrey, Louie, Natalie, Nancy, Martha, Matthew, Jack, Michelle, Kimberly, Heather, Michael, Justin, Robin, Ben, and Adam; grand in laws include Shane, Hunter, Paxton, Andi, Stephanie, Mark, Darin, Jane, and Nicole; and great grandchildren, Libby, Keagan, Kristen, Elizabella, Lizzie, Madison, Jack Henry, George, Peter, Lucy, Angeline, Matthew , Jordan, Joshua , Issabella, Vyden, Kaelyn, Macon, Chapman, Eleanor, and Celilia. A visitation will be held at 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Ellis Funeral Home, a rosary will be conducted during the visitation hours at 7:00p.m. at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 10:00a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • Rosary Service Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • Graveside Service Monday, July 28, 2014

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Dave Sponseller

August 9, 2014

Bill, John and Rob. I had a chance to speak with your Dad just a few weeks before his passing to let him know about your Uncle Bill's failing health. 'Uncle Joe' was an incredibly humble man of few words but much depth, one of the last of the truly Greatest Generation to whom we owe so much.

Kay Seale

August 8, 2014

Sharon, I was so sorry to learn of your stepfather's death. You know I am keeping you and your Mother in my thoughts.

Gayle Snure Ingle

August 3, 2014

I am sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Mike Sura

July 29, 2014

I first met Joe when I officed in the Mid America building. We became good friends and attended SIPES meetings together. I am proud to have known Joe and will dearly miss him. Thank you, Mike Sura

Steven Wright

July 29, 2014

Rob, Louise and entire family, I only met your father through the stories you shared with me last week. It is clear he was a man with a big heart, love of family and god. Be gentle with yourselves and each other and know I'll hold Joseph and your family in my prayers.

July 28, 2014

Bill, John and Rob, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Charlie and Machelle Knight

Kathy Welp

July 28, 2014

Bill and Family,
My deepest condolences on the passing of your father. You and your family are in my prayers.

July 28, 2014

I'm sorry to learn of the passing of your Dad. They are just so special. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sandra Moudy

July 28, 2014

Dear cousins, Sorry to just find out about our Uncle Joe passing. wow, the Keffler siblings sure went close together. I am glad to have talked with him when our Mom, Betty died in December. Deepest sympathy and prayers.
Patty Preusser Dalsky Massillon, Ohio

Beth Rodgers Murphy

July 28, 2014

Bill, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Though I did not know your father, I have seen the wonderful men he raised and know he must have been a very fine man himself. May your memories keep you warm and laughing.