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John T. Keefe

May 14, 1966 — April 15, 2021

John T. Keefe

John T. Keefe, a life well lived. Work hard, play hard, love hard. The closest thing to perfect. God called home an amazing human.

A life well lived. No regrets. Live every moment. Always be nice.

A life well lived means you touched many. Always the life of the party.

A life well lived gives you gifts: Kate, River and Pearl.

A life well lived gives you gifts of amazing friends, the entire Zaremba Family, and too many others to mentions, but especially loved Marco Garneau, Brett Trierweiler, Dugan Kelly and Kevin Kelly.

John was 54 years old, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

In 1984 he graduated from Gaylord St. Mary Cathedral School. For 28 years, he worked as a truck driver for Gordon Food Service. He lived life to the fullest. His greatest pride and joy was his wife, daughter and granddaughters.

John is survived by his wife of 28 years, Debbie; his daughter who was the apple of his eye, Kate (Marco); two special granddaughters, River and Pearl; his sisters, Julia Enos and Susan Wolski.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sarah Chapple.

A Celebration of John’s life will take place 1:00 PM Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the K of C Hall in Gaylord.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to Deborah Keefe to put towards a college fund for their granddaughters, River and Pearl. Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at

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