Deborah Lynn Kieffer

1949 - 2019

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Deborah Kieffer, 70, of Arlington, passed away at 9:20am on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at her residence. She was born on Feb. 20, 1949 in Bluffton, Ohio. She married John W. Kieffer on May 30, 1967 and he survives. Also surviving are two sons: John A. (Amy) Kieffer and James W. (Selina) Kieffer; five grandchildren: Lucas, William, Benjamin, Brennan, and Chloe; a brother, Douglas (Nancy) Van Atta; and two sisters: De Anna Morton and Donna (Steve) Zoll. She was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Brandy and Tracy; and her parents: James Van Atta and Betty (Davis) Rensch. Deb was a 1967 graduate of Findlay High School. She received her LPN from BGSU (1980) and her RN from Owens Community College in 1988. She retired in 2013 from Bridge Home Health and Hospice. She was a member of Arlington United Methodist Church, collected dolls, and enjoyed genealogy. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, August 5, 2019 at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington, with Pastor Mark Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00-4:00pm on Sunday, August 4 at the funeral home, and for one hour prior to the service (1:00-2:00pm) on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials can be directed to Bridge Hospice. Online condolences can be shared with the family by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    Sunday, August 4th 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Monday, August 5th 2019 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, August 5th 2019 - 2:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    620 North Main Street
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Final Resting Place:

    Arlington Cemetery [Map]
    18470 Twp Rd 71
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

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To : Uncle John and family
Date :Thursday, August 1st 2019
From : Chris and Glenn
Uncle John... so sorry. Aunt Deb was an awesome Aunt; my favorite! ❤️❤️

To : Uncle John and family
Date :Friday, August 2nd 2019
From : Tom and Sarah
Aunt Deb was an amazing and caring woman and will be missed very much.. I'm so sorry

To : John and All of the Families
Date :Friday, August 2nd 2019
From : Kay and Don Harvey
We are deeply saddened to hear Of Deb’s passing. She can breathe freely now and have no pain. We have so many awesome memories together: School days, weddings, pizza parties and playing cards, attending her nursing school graduations, and more recently breakfasts at Southside. Our hearts go out to you all as you go through this, but remember and celebrate the good times you all had with her over the years.
Love, Kay & Don

To : family of Dev Kieffer
Date :Saturday, August 3rd 2019
From : Tanya Tuttle
I had the pleasure of working with Deb as a fellow nurse at a local nursing home. She was a wonderful nurse and a delightful friend. My condolences to her family.

To : John family
Date :Saturday, August 3rd 2019
From : Pastor Larry Whatley Ret Doris Whatley
Deb will live in our hearts forever. She’s that kind of person, loving & kind, thoughtful & true - always had that beautiful smile. Our hearts are sad yet we rejoice knowing that we will see her again in heaven. Know that we love you & pray God’s strength & the comfort of the Holy Spirit be yours. God bless you all. Larry & Doris Whatley & Family

To : the Van Atta Family
Date :Sunday, August 4th 2019
From : dljthomsyahoocom
Bethany, Dad and Mom,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead. I truly hope you find some peace in your family and stories you will share. Memories are healing.
Love you all,

To : Deb kieffer Family
Date :Sunday, August 4th 2019
From : Annie and Gabe Hollister
So very sorry for your loss Deb was a wonderful funny person with a huge heart,And always a smile for me,whenever I saw her.Much Love to you all,Annie and Gabe