Douglas R. Keffeler

Douglas Ralph Keffeler, 45, Alkali, SD, died Friday, February 9, 2007, at his residence in Alkali.

A public prayer service will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, February 16, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Arnold Kari officiating. Burial will follow at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

Doug was born on June 2, 1961, at Sturgis, SD, to Ralph and Betty (Harwood) Keffeler. He grew up in Alkali and attended Lower Alkali Grade School. Doug graduated from Sturgis High School in 1979.

Doug married Sharon "Shari" Walker on June 15, 1991, at Sturgis. Their son, John, was born on March 30, 1993.

He worked on the family ranch, drove truck, worked construction, and also worked for the Sturgis Livestock Exchange throughout his life.

He was a member of Alkali Troopers 4-H club, FFA, Black Hills Troopers, and the Sturgis High School Rodeo Club.

Survivors include his wife Sharon Keffeler, Alkali; son, John Keffeler, Alkali; parents, Ralph and Betty Keffeler, Alkali; three sisters, Linda and her husband, Mike Howie, White Owl, SD, Donna Keffeler, Littleton, CO, and Tammy Lorenz, Belle Fourche, SD; one brother, Travis Keffeler, Alkali; numerous nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and nephew, Trent Howie.

Memorials have been established for an Education Fund for his son, John, and the American Diabetic Association.

He will be remembered by the saying, "Once a friend, always a friend forever."