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Mar 3, 2013 - Staff
Melvin "Mel" Kiefel, of Riverton, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He was 68 years old.
At his request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Church of Christ. Pastor Ed Murray will officiate.
Melvin Val Kiefel was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Cheyenne, the son of Valentine Kiefel and Esther (Heberlein) Kiefel.
He was placed in the Wyoming State Training School at a young age, and he worked on the farm while he was there. When he got older, he gained his independence and lived in Riverton for many years. Community Entry Service became a part of his life in the mid-1990s, and he lived in a group home.
He was always busy and worked with CES at the Neat Repeat, in the fiber arts department, at a local businesses shredding papers, and for a short period of time, worked on the bottle contract.
His family and friends said he loved crafts, including crocheting, making quilts, making jewelry out of beads and sewing. During the last two years, he took art classes at Central Wyoming College, where he painted and made pottery. He also enjoyed cooking and gardening. Animals were his passion. Throughout his life he took care of numerous dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and a variety of farm animals. He usually entered some kind of food and crafts in the fair. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his friends at CES and his sister, Linda Miller, and her husband, Everett, of Billings, Mont.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Valentine and Esther.
Memorial may be made to PAWS through Davis Funeral Home.
Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. Online condolences for the family may be made at www.TheDavisFuneralHome.com.