Elmer Hill Kiehl, 91, Navy captain served 33 years

Cpt. Elmer Hill Kiehl, U.S. Navy (retired), 91, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away on June 30, 2016.

Cpt. Kiehl was born in Annapolis, Md., the son of the late Elmer and Nelle Kiehl. He was a proud graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Navy for 33 years and retired as a captain in 1976.

Elmer Hill Kiehl
                   Elmer Hill Kiehl

Cpt. Kiehl served and commanded on many ships and submarines, including the USS New Jersey (BB-62), LSM (397), the USS Seafox (SS-402), the USS Tilefish (SS-307) and the USS Carp (SS-338). He commanded the USS Bergall (SS-320), the USS Bonefish (SS-582), COMSUBRON 14, COMSUBDIV 22, the USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29), and COMPHIBRON 4. He served in the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance, commanded the Naval Amphibious School in Little Creek Va., and attended the U.S. Army General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth Kan. He was awarded the following medals: Legion of Merit, Army Commendation, Meritorious Service (two awards), WWII Victory, Korean Service, Expert Rifleman, and National Defense Service Ribbon (with one star).

He was preceded in death by a beloved son, Alexander G. Kiehl.

Survivors include his loving wife of 69 years, Aroostine “Dar” Riddle Kiehl; four sons, Frederick W. Kiehl (Emilija) of London, England, Thomas H. Kiehl of Norfolk, Va., Timothy R. Kiehl (Anne) of Bethesda, Md., and Grant L. Kiehl (Cindy) of San Diego, Calif.; a brother, William A. Kiehl (Carol) of Alexandria, Va.; seven grandchildren, Marian Kiehl-Kearney (Chris) of Virginia Beach, Allison R. Kiehl (Sarah) of Asheville, N.C., Alexander L. Kiehl (Wenny) of London, Nicholas H. Kiehl (Lucy) of Los Angeles, Calif., Robbie L. Kiehl, Nick E. Kiehl, and Meredith A. Kiehl, all of San Diego, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Allie M. Faison, Kaitlin A. Kearney, Kyleigh A. Kearney, and Colin C. Kearney; as well as dear nieces, cousins, extended family and good friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Galilee Episcopal Church, with a reception to follow in the church social hall. Interment will be private, preceding the funeral service. The casket will be open for viewing from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Georgia Tech University “In Memory of Alex Kiehl and Scholarship Fund.” Information available at: http://laxteams.net/gt/page.html?page=1926.

Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.

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