James Leon Keifer

April 23, 1930January 1, 2019

KEIFER, James Leon, 88, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Jim was born on April 23rd 1930 in Cleveland Ohio to parents Charles B. Keifer and Josephine Compatore. Jim was raised and loved by his father Charles and step-mother Bessie Keifer. Jim married his wife Elaine on February 2, 1959. He served in the US Navy, worked as a butcher for A&P and was a quality control inspector for Honeywell Electronics. Jim & Elaine moved to Largo, Florida from Akron, Ohio in the 1960's. Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating & hunting. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #2159 and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Advisory Board. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend!

He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine V. Keifer; stepson, James B. Ward; daughter-in-law, Penny Ward; daughter, Linda Plennert; grandchildren, Erica and Wayne Gibson, Sasha and Keith Collins and many great-grandchildren.

Jim's smile, presence, sense of humor and hugs will be missed. His laughter will forever shine in our hearts and where it leads we will follow.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.


  • Elaine V Keifer, Wife
  • James B. Ward, Stepson
  • Penny Ward, Daughter-in-law
  • Linda Plennert, Daughter
  • He is survived by his grandchildren, Erica and Wayne Gibson, Sasha and Keith Collins and many great-grandchildren.


  • Graveside Service Monday, January 14, 2019

James Leon Keifer

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Sasha Collins

January 8, 2019

You are my one and only grandpa I grew up to know. Your love for us kids was so true. I remember you flying to come get us to take us to Florida. I remember our flight. I remember the day I hit my head on the side of the pool and had to get staples, you were right there with me. I will never forget all the amazing stories you told me. I will never forget being outside with you while you worked in the backyard or the time we all watched that long movie together. You are one of the most amazing men in my eyes... I love you grandpa.

Penny Ward

January 5, 2019

I remember the 1st time I met gave me the biggest smile and a warm made me feel loved & welcomed me into your family right from the start. Thank you for being the best Father in Law a girl could ask for. You are so loved & missed