Creg Mervin Keefer, 63, of Osseo, Mich., died at home Feb. 19, 2017.
He was born June 15, 1953 in Wauseon, Ohio, to Carl A. and Carrol (Brandeberry) Keefer.
Creg was a 1971 graduate of Hillsdale High School. He earned varsity letters his junior and senior year on the football team where he played center and also on the wrestling team. During the summer of 1971, he lost control of his legs while bailing hay. Within a year, he underwent a medically "first ever" spinal cord surgery at the University of Michigan where doctors removed a 17-inch malignant tumor from inside his spinal cord which started at the base of his brain down. After six months of morning-to-night rehabilitation at U of M, he wheeled his wheelchair in a 26-mile marathon. Creg continued to improve, eventually walking with a long “stick.” Over the course of the last 10 years, his spinal cord continued to atrophy, eventually returning him to his wheelchair.
Creg enjoyed hunting, fishing, promoting for Buffalo Jams and watching Michigan State University athletics. Creg had many lifelong friends that he dearly loved. Creg will also be fondly remembered by the hundreds of friends he made while working at area convenience stores where he was employed for more than 20 years, most notably Team One Food Store and Broad Street Market.
He is survived by his father, Carl A. (and Alice) Keefer; three siblings, Carl L. (and Karen) Keefer, Coe (and Karen) Keefer and Cristen Keefer; two nephews, Isiah (and Alison) Keefer and Noah Keefer; five nieces, Amanda (and Wesley) Frazier, Katie Keefer, Allyson (and Jarrod) Konz, Tonya Keefer and Clarrisa Rogers; three great-nephews, Conner Frazier, Mason Konz and Kamden Konz; and one great-niece, McKinley Keefer.
Creg was preceded in death by his mother, Carrol, and two nieces, Charity and Jillian Keefer.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 25, at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale, with Steve Wismar officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Hillsdale.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Perennial Park Senior Center.