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Juneau resident Richard Charles (Rick) Kiefer, 74, died May 28, 2005, at home in Juneau, surrounded by family.
He was born November 14, 1930, in Rochester, Minn. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1947. After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1951, he received his B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He lived in Rochester and Minneapolis, Albuquerque, N.M. and Vashon Island, Wash. He came in September 1970 to Alaska and moved his family in January 1971 to Juneau.
He worked in television news, public relations in aviation and for the state of Alaska, and as the head of his own public relations firm. He was a member of the American Society of Travel Writers and the Aviation and Space Writers Association. In 1980, he was president of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. He belonged to Chapel by the Lake Presbyterian Church.
He contracted multiple sclerosis in 1976. His mobility decreased, but he still enjoyed traveling across the country to visit family and friends. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marilyn; his son, Scott and wife Sherry Simpson of Anchorage; his daughters, Kim and partner Pat McLear, and Kari and husband Pat Monagle; his grandchildren Katie and Travis Monagle of Juneau, and friends all over the world.
A memorial service will be held 7:30 p.m., June 4, at Chapel by the Lake. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, the Alaska chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or any charity of choice.