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Marvin "Bum" Kieffer

February 26, 1925 — October 31, 2020

Marvin "Bum" Kieffer, 95, of St. Charles died Saturday, October 31, 2020 at home, with his family by his side. Bum was born, February 26, 1925 to Edwin and Hildegaard (Gratto) Kieffer in what is currently the Elba House. He grew up and went to school in Elba until he enlisted in the Army. Bum served in the United States Army during WWII, stationed in the islands of the South Pacific. While at on home on leave, he met Elizabeth "Betty" Lubinksi. They married on May 26, 1948 and made their home in Elba. In the early 1950's, Bum and Betty moved their family to St. Charles. Bum worked as a livestock dealer buyer and seller, working through sales barns in Lewiston, Lanesboro and Zumbrota. He also owned and operated Kieffer Trucking for many years. Bum and Betty loved horseback riding, camping, jeep riding, and snowmobiling.
He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion and the St. Charles Moose Lodge.
Bum is survived by his children; Dennis Kieffer, Brenda Guitreau, Pam (Tom) Vega, Janel (Terry) Stevens and Donna Kieffer; grandchildren, Jamie Johnson, Brandt (Lindsey) Stevens, Michelle Keeran, Reece (Cassandra) Vega, Reggie (Bridget) Stevens, Brittany Vega, and Dante Selke, great-grandchildren; Tayler VanSickle, EricKa Keeran, Jackson and Isabel Stevens, Vaughn and Davis Stevens, Sami, Mona and Malik Abdallah, siblings; Edward "Dutch" Kieffer, Jeannette Kautz, LeRoy "Shum" Kieffer and Elaine Stoning. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty in 2017 and five siblings; Janice Ball, Irene Tottingham, Kathleen Diderrich, David and Wayne Kieffer.
A Funeral Mass will be 12 noon on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with the Reverend Tim Biren officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the church. The St. Charles American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Posts will provide military honors at the cemetery. Social distancing and face masks are required. Please share a memory of Bum and view his video tribute, when it becomes available at

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