Ora Kieffer, age 95, of Midland, S.D., died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Ora Elaine Sheely was born November 9, 1916, near Midland, the daughter of Joseph Spencer and Mayme (Schilling) Sheely. Her mother died from influenza in 1918, and Ora and her brothers lived with her uncle and aunt, Anthony and Myrtle (Sheely) Alcock. She attended school at the Little Prairie Dog School. In 1931, she attended Midland High School, boarding with her mother’s parents, Harry and Elizabeth Schilling, in Midland for three years. Her senior year she lived with her father and attended Rapid City High School, graduating in 1935.
Ora was united in marriage to Orland Kieffer on June 12, 1935. They made their home in the Rockerville, Rapid City, and later Midland. While in Midland, they owned and operated the Midland Club. They later bought a small grocery store in Rockerville from Orland’s mother, and moved back to Rockerville. They added several additions, installing a filling station, a large addition to the store, and living quarters. In 1966, the State Highway purchased their business so they could construct Highway 16. They moved to Rapid City until June 1973, when they moved back to Midland.
Her husband, Orland, preceded her in death on March 11, 1988. She continued to make her home in Midland, until moving into the Philip Nursing Home, where she has since resided.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Ervin of Denver, Colo.; one grandson, Michael Stark of Springfield, Miss.; and a daughter-in-law, Judy Kieffer of Bossier City, La.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Orland, Ora was preceded in death by a son, Floyd Kieffer; her parents; and three brothers, Harry, Charles and Frank Sheely.
Closed casket visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Open Bible Church in Midland, with Pastor Andy Blye officiating.
Ushers are George Stroppel and Tyler Nemec. Pallbearers are Gene Jones, Randy Nemec, Reuben Vollmer, Jr., Dean Block, Dick Nemec and Roy Hunt.
Interment will be at the Midland Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com