Herbert F. Kiekhaefer

Herbert F. Kiekhaefer, age 93, of Madison, died on Nov. 26, 2016. He was born Aug. 25, 1923, in Manitowoc, the son of the late Fred and Lillie (Winter) Kiekhaefer. Herbert served in the U.S. Army during World War II for three years, with the final rank of Technician Fifth Grade Headquarters, V Corps. It was there that his interest, aptitude and talent for accounting began. He graduated from UW-Madison in 1949 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. On May 1, 1948 he married Joyce Lukken of Mount Horeb, who predeceased him in 2013. After graduation Herbert and Joyce moved to Appleton, where they raised their family and lived for over 50 years before moving back to Madison in 2002. Through hard work, Herbert was awarded partner status at the CPA firm of Pusch, Larson, Seifert & Co., Appleton WI. After several mergers, he eventually became a partner with Grant Thornton, a national accounting and management consulting firm. Herbert was well respected among his clients and his expertise was in heavy demand. He was a past member and officer of the Northern Chapter of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also taught accounting courses for a number of years at Lawrence University, Appleton. He semi-retired in 1985 and did consulting at Badger Plug in Greenville, a manufacturing company, working well into the 1990s. Herb was a natural athlete, playing many different sports in high school and the Army. He was also student manager for the high school basketball team. His love for tennis and golf continued long into his life. He remained an avid Badgers and Packers fan, having attended the infamous "Ice Bowl" with his son. Herb was a true and life-long friend to many people he met through his work and personal life. He remained very close through the decades, with three very special Manitowoc grade school "buddies". He was generous, hard-working, honest, and enjoyed people. He loved his brother, sisters, family and extended family very much, praying for them all to the very end. He was a member of West Middleton Lutheran Church and formerly a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Appleton, where he served as officer and council member for many years. He is survived by his daughter, Jane L. (Mark) Kopp of Middleton; son, John H. Kiekhaefer of Bartlett, Ill.; daughter, Ann M. (Rick) White of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Fred Kiekhaefer of Greenfield; sister, Florence Foreman of Poway, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; newborn twin sons and daughter; and his sisters, Doris Walker and Helen Thomas of Manitowoc. Funeral services will be held at WEST MIDDLETON LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3763 Pioneer Rd., Verona, at 11 a.m., on Wednesday Nov. 30, 2016, with the Reverend Ted Lindquist presiding. Lunch to follow at the church. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday. Private burial will be in Appleton Highland Memorial Cemetery, Appleton. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the West Middleton Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at

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