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216 3rd Ave. SE.
Independence, IA 50644
Phone: 319-334-2501
Fax: 319-334-2502
Russell Kiefer

Russell Warren "Rusty" Kiefer

Thursday, August 23rd, 1979 - Sunday, January 6th, 2019
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Russell W. Kiefer, 39 of Independence, Iowa died Sunday January 6, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, Iowa.

Rusty was born on August 23, 1979 in Independence, IA, the son of Russell W. Kiefer, and Kathleen M. Hinde (Hocken). He was a 1997 graduate of the Independence High School. Following graduation, he became employed as a District Manager for MCI and later as an investment counselor with Heartford.

Rusty was an avid reader and philosopher, one would often find him immersed in a book trying to broaden his knowledge. He loved spending time with his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his parents: Kathy (Ron) Hocken, Independence, Russell W. (Linda) Kiefer, Oxford Junction, IA; six siblings; Jacob (April) Kiefer, Waterloo, IA, Dustin Hocken, Wilmington, NC; Jason (Molly) Hocken, Independence, IA, Erica Miller, Tiffin, IA, Hannah (Andy) Potts, West Liberty, IA, Darci (Daniel) Young, Independence, IA, and his grandparents; Sharon Hinde, Independence, IA, Sharon Lentzkow, Independence, IA, Don and Ruth Ann Leith, Garnavillo, IA.

Rusty was preceded in death by a infant brother; Matthew W. Kiefer, an Uncle; James Kiefer, and grandparents; Joseph W. Hinde, Ronald Lentzkow, Warren and Rosaltha Kiefer, and an Aunt Pamela Morse.

A Celebration of Rusty’s Life will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday, January 19th at the Hope Wesleyan Church in Independence, IA. Rev. Robert Solon will be presiding. Inurnment will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends from 10 AM to services at the church.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 | 10:00am - 1:30pm
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 10:00am - 1:30pm
    Hope Wesleyan Church
    505 4th Ave NE
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 1:30pm
    Hope Wesleyan Church
    505 4th Ave NE
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Bob Solon


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Wendy Melka Griswold

Posted at 04:32pm
Heaven gained one awesome soul! Rusty never had a negative thing to say about anything or anyone. His smile was an instant mood changer. You couldn't help but be happy when he was around! I know he's up there with Grandpa Joe, probably playing a game of pepper! I'm SO sorry Kathy, Ronny, Russ and the rest of your family. Cherish all the good times and memories that you all had with him. Love you all 💙 Wendy Melka Griswold


Posted at 11:37am
My deepest condolence for the family of Russell Warren Kiefer. Please know that God promises a resurrection of our loved ones that have died ( John 5:28). May your memories of him help with your grief till the time when all that have fallen asleep in death are resurrected.

Welsh Family

Posted at 08:31am
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Sherry Kern

Posted at 08:22am
My heart goes out to rustys family and friends. Hes touched so many peoples lives. Love thoughts and prayers.

Dixie Hansen

Posted at 04:16am
I didn't know Russell Kiefer but I know his family (Mom, Kathy Hocken, Stepdad Ron Hocken along with his siblings Darci Young and Dustin Hocken). Prayers with all effected by this loss of loved one. Sincerely; Dixie Hansen

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