HANCOCK – John H. Kief Jr., 79, passed away April 24, 2014 at Mount Desert Island Hospital after a two year battle with numerous health issues. He was born June 20, 1934, in Bar Harbor, to the late John H. and Mary Jeannette Kief.
John attended Bar Harbor schools and served in the Korean War. He worked at Thorsen Machine Shop, Display Concepts, and also had a small dairy farm. John wore many hats as he built three houses, enjoyed lobstering, gardening and cutting wood. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved to go dancing at the VFW hall.
He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his wife of 40 years, Joanne, of Hancock; four daughters, Laurie Troyer and her partner, Earl Endrich of Old Saybrook, Conn., and Sharon Liebig and her husband, Johann of Londonderry, N.H.; Sherry Kief and her partner, Jerry LeMmon of Hancock and Lisa Wharff and her partner, Paul Suyama of Freeport; five grandchildren, Nathan Troyer of Millersburg, Ohio; Amber Adkins of Londonderry, N.H.; Corey Kief of New Castle, Ind.; Jennifer Wharff of Brighton, Mass., and Katie Jo Wharff of Portland; two great-grandchildren, Samantha Kief of New Castle, Ind., and Alexis Adkins of Londonderry, N.H.: sister-in-law, Jane Alley, brothers-in-law, Jon Perkins and Mert Knowles; several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by a son, Michael Alan Kief; his parents, John H. and Mary Jeannette Kief; two sisters, Phyllis and Marilyn; and two brothers, Kenneth and William. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, especially Mike Butler, Michael and Michelle Biermann, and Bill and Bunny Emerson.
There will be no funeral services at this time. A private celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.