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Louis Vincent Kiefor

January 4, 1942 August 26, 2019
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Louis V. Kiefor, born in 1942, was a lifelong resident and business owner within Calumet City. 
As a young boy and adolescent, he encountered economic and emotional hardship amid the
early loss of his father and the extended hospitalization of his mother.  But Louis persevered
despite these life circumstances to graduate high school and attend college.  With having
graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in history, he began teaching social
studies, history and civics at Lincoln Junior High School in his hometown of Calumet City. 
Upon his encounters with former students over the years, they often extended words of thanks
and gratitude for the positive influence and inspiration which he had provided as their teacher.
It was while teaching that Louis met his late wife of 48 years, Shirley May.  Throughout their
marriage, Shirley served as his emotional anchor and compass.  Louis carried with him a sense
of sadness and felt deeply the gravity of her absence since her passing in 2015.  When Louis
and Shirley were married, both having known the effects of absent parents within their own
lives, they were committed to raising children with a parent in the home.  Louis would continue
to work as a teacher full time while attending law school at night at the Illinois Institute of
Technology.  Louis graduated law school and began his family law practice which he sustained
nearly to the end of his life.  This career allowed Shirley to leave teaching and devote herself to
raising their children which she always considered a great gift her husband had made
Louis’ law career began with fighting an instance of political corruption in Calumet City—a case
that was ultimately argued and won in the Illinois Supreme Court.  Invited to participate in
politics himself and to work within the context of a law firm, Louis preferred to work in his own
fashion and remained self-employed throughout his legal career.  While always committed to
argue for fairness, equity and protected rights, Louis’ sensibilities steered him away from the
negative moment of the law and its adversarial aspect particularly that which is involved in
criminal defense. Instead, he appreciated most the positive and generative horizon of the field
of jurisprudence and labored throughout his life to apply his knowledge and capacities to
protect the assets, real estate and small businesses of working families. 
Louis celebrated the concept of an 'American dream' to be achieved through the
industriousness and entrepreneurship of the individual but occurring in the context of a sense
of civic responsibility.  Having been a student of history, he believed in the American
experiment as a historical example combining both the institutions of a democratic republic
committed to the rule of law and vitally functioning free markets.  Louis derived a sense of
satisfaction in his life and work to the extent that he was able to facilitate and protect, through
the law, this historical project both at the level of process and principle.  He did this work with a
pragmatic sense grounded in a realism but with an honesty and integrity that served as his
ideal. In his later years, despite his own limitations due to health, he continued his labor
bringing legal services to people confined to their homes, hospitals or nursing facilities.  There
is a way of living and working that will remain lost in his absence.
Louis V. Kiefor is survived by his three children: Elizabeth, Christopher and Louis along with his
sister Marcia Klein.  Louis had expressed a wish to be cremated without funeral service.  The
family will hold a small memorial service later this year for both Louis and his wife Shirley.  If
anyone should wish to offer a gesture in memory of Louis, they would be encouraged to make a
donation in his name to the St. Joseph’s Carmalite Home for Families in East Chicago, IN. 
During his life, Louis had supported the Carmalite Home for Boys at its former site in Hammond

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