Alden C. Kefauver Jr., 65, a retired D.C. deputy fire chief and past president of Local 36 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, died of cancer Oct. 19 at his home in Keedysville, Md.

Mr. Kefauver spent more than 30 years with the fire department before retiring as head of the apparatus division in 1976. He had been promoted to deputy chief in 1974. During his years on the force, he earned two D.C. Commissioners Bronze Bar Medals, the 1955 Fireman of the Year award of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Community Service Medal.

He had served on his union local's legislative committee for 20 years and as local president for six years. Since 1979, he had served on the D.C. Retirement Board, a city agency.

Mr. Kefauver was a native of Washington and a 1939 graduate of McKinley Tech High School. He served with the Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans during World War II. He became a D.C. firefighter following his 1945 discharge from the Navy.

Since the late 1970s, he had lived and farmed in Washington County. He was a member of the Retired Fire Fighters Association, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Salem United Methodist Church in Keedysville.

Survivors include his wife, the former Grace Margaret Ingels of Keedysville; two sons, Richard Allen and Lewis Michael Kefauver, both of whom are D.C. firefighters and live in Washington; a daughter, Connie Grace Tracy of Wheaton, and a grandchild.