April 8, 1941 – January 3, 2017
Robert George (Bob) Kiefer was born in Akron, Ohio, on April 8, 1941, to Mary Louise (Cobb) Kiefer and Robert Clint Kiefer. Bob graduated from Kenmore High School in Akron, Ohio, in 1959 then served in the Air Force in Germany until honorably discharged in 1964.
He then attended Akron University and worked at Firestone Tire & Rubber before moving to Northern California where he and long-time friend Robert Cipriano worked in the restaurant business together.
Bob found his true vocation mid-life, and attended Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, and Saint Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of San Jose on May 18, 1991, serving at several parishes, eventually becoming Pastor at Saint Frances Cabrini Church in San Jose. He retired in 2011 and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. In Las Vegas, he made a particular commitment to Guardian Angel Cathedral, but helped with Mass and Confessions at many of the parishes in the Las Vegas metro area. Father Bob made himself available to help anytime he was asked, and his personal ministry was to help the homeless and to support Right to Life issues.
Father Kiefer is survived by his daughter, Christa (Kiefer) Marlowe & Randy Marlowe of Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren Michael Hall and Lauren Hall; several great grandchildren; his sister Karen (Kiefer) Smith, and Jim Smith, of McDonough, Georgia; his sister Ruth (Kiefer) Roach and David Roach of Uniontown, Ohio; numerous nephews and nieces; and many friends. People everywhere knew Father Bob to be both joyful and generous; he was well known for his faith, his vibrant personality, and his kindness toward others. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas at 10 a.m. on February 1. Burial will follow at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint Frances Cabrini Parish in San Jose on Friday, February 3, at 10 a.m.