John Joseph Kiefer passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at his home. John was born February 27, 1932 in Independence, Missouri, the son of Robert Joseph and Catherine (Smith) Kiefer. After graduating from De La Salle Military Academy in 1949, John entered the military and served in both the Missouri National Guard and the United States Army. Following his military service, he attended the University of Kansas. In 1957, he married Doris Jean Pratt and made Lawrence his permanent home.
John opened Kief’s Record and Stereo Supply in 1959 and spent the next 54 years “bringing music to the people.” He always attributed his many successful years in retail to the expertise and commitment of Kief’s employees. He truly valued the store’s many loyal patrons.
On April 14, 1978 John married Helen Brown. John is survived by Helen, his son, Michael, and daughter, Alison. Other survivors include daughter-in-law, Gail Kiefer and step daughters Heather Wingate (Steve) and Hilary Brown. John’s grandchildren are Baylie Kiefer, John Robert Kiefer, Laughton Wingate, Addy Wingate and Nello Allegrucci. He was proceeded in death by his parents and brother, Robert, and by his much-missed son, Rob.
No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s honor to LMH Health Foundation in support of Oncology Services or Douglas County Visiting Nurses Hospice in care of Warren McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.