Keefer John Bernhisel, 24, of Mt. Holly Springs, died Friday, November 29, 2013, in Mt. Holly Springs.
He was born November 25, 1989, in Carlisle, a son of Kelly J. (Jones) Sowers and Timothy J. Bernhisel.
Keefer was a 2008 graduate
of Boiling Springs High School, where he played linebacker on the football team. As a sophomore, he was
a member of the “Bubbler” football team that went undefeated in league play. In July of 2008,
Keefer entered active military service with the United States Army. He was a combat engineer in Afghanistan.
Keefer earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Combat Action Badge, National Defense Service
Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge and the Certificate of Achievement.
Keefer was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, weightlifting
and hanging out with his friends.
He is survived by his mother, Kelly (Jones) Sowers of Mt. Holly
Springs and with whom he lived, his father, Timothy J. (his companion, Anna Stone) Bernhisel of Carlisle, one brother, Lance
B. Bernhisel of Mt. Holly Springs, his best canine friend, Cinnamon, maternal grandparents, Joe and Rose Bishop of Carlisle,
paternal grandfather, John Bernhisel of Landisburg, paternal grandmother, Loretta Bernhisel of Gardners, maternal great-grandfather,
William Miller of Carlisle and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be
held on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Pastor
Tim Wheeler officiating. Burial with military honors by Cumberland County Honor Guard will be in Mt. Holly
Springs Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 12 noon until time of services. Memorial
contributions may be made to his mother, Kelly J. Sowers, 309 Pine Rd., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065.
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sincerest condolences to the family.
May God keep you all in his loving arms during your time of sorrow.
Karen (Speck) and Nathaniel Wilder
Keefer no lomger has the struggles of
life and the term oil he must have felt he will be missed by all
I was so sorry to hear of Keefer's passing. My heart aches for you. I wish there were words
of comfort I could give to you to help you through this tragic time.
My thoughts are with you.
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. I just met your son once but what a sweet and polite
young man you raised. Our prayers are with you all May God Bless You All.
Alan & Ruby Hass
My sincerest condolences on the lose of your son Keffer he and my son Donald were good
friends and I know he will be missed,
only met Keefer a few times years ago when he played midget football with my son, Tim. He was a supportive mentor to my son's
only year that he played football. May God's strength give you unending peace and comfort at this very difficult time
in your lives.
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