Kiefaber, Warner H. Jr., age 92 of Washington Township died Saturday, April 3, 2010. Warner attended Longfellow Grade School and graduated from Oakwood High School in 1935. He was editor of the Oakleaf annual and the newspaper and was an active participant in many sports. He graduated from Dartmouth College, class of 39 and attended Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, class of 40. At Dartmouth he was active in football, baseball, boxing, wrestling and handball. Following graduation he was briefly employed by the W.H. Kiefaber Company before joining the Navy. He was commissioned an Ensign on June 16, 1941 and the next day, on his 24th birthday, married his sweetheart, Annette. WW II was a major part of their lives for the next four years. Warner served in both the Atlantic and Pacific campaigns involving numerous South Pacific battles from 1942 to 1945 including the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay in September 1945. He retired from active duty in 1946 and returned to the Kiefaber Co. where he served as President and CEO from 1965 through 1985. Warner was actively involved in the community. He was one of the early directors of Sinclair College, a director of the Dayton YMCA, a founder and first president of Sycamore Creek Country Club, a founder of the Kettering YMCA, a director of Third National Bank and vice president and treasurer of Moraine Country Club where he was a lifelong member. He was also a member of St. Paulï¿½s Episcopal Church in Oakwood. Warner had a special love for his cottage in the North Channel of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada much of which he built himself. Summers there with friends and family are fondly remembered. Annette and Warner also enjoyed many trips abroad. At home he loved his friends and buddies with whom he worked out at the Dayton YMCA, played golf at Moraine, participated in investment clubs and social organizations including the 39erï¿½s, Dayton Rotary, The Dartmouth Club of Dayton and the Moraine Society. His family and friends will greatly miss his zest for life and his spirit to live each day to the fullest. Warner was preceded in death by his parents, Warner and Jeanette Kiefaber Sr. and sisters, Josephine Corwin and Maryanna McCray. He is survived by Annette, his best friend and wife of 69 years , four children, Warner H. Kiefaber III(Carolyn), Josephine Higinbotham (Randall) of Virginia, Robert W. Kiefaber (Leslie), John M. Kiefaber (Vicky), 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Jane Noland, of Virginia. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, April 9th at St. Paulï¿½s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Avenue in Oakwood. In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to the Dayton YMCA, 316 N. Wilkinson, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Condolences to the family may be sent to: www.routsong.com.
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