Death of Jack D. Keeling

Jack D. Keeling, 82, of Eleanor passed away after a long illness Thursday, September 22, 2011 at Hubbard Hospice House with family and friends at his side.

Born January 28, 1929, Jack was the son of the late Leonard and Della Keeling. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Nolan.

He was a graduate of East Bank High School and Morris Harvey College. He earned his master’s degree from Marshall University.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 62 years, Helen Davis Keeling; his daughter, Susan (John) DesMeules of Eleanor; his son, Jack D. “Jay” Keeling Jr. of Eleanor; his granddaughter, Holly DesMeules, who is a student at High Point University, High Point, N.C.; and his grandson, Kameron Keeling, who is a student at the Art Institute of Ohio. Also surviving are his brother, Wilbur Leon (Mona) Keeling of Teays Valley and his sister, Janet Carpenter of Columbus, Ohio.

Jack was a member of the Eleanor Presbyterian Church. He served as an elder, deacon and clerk of session of various Presbyterian churches. He was a member of Kanawha Valley Masonic Lodge #36, Buffalo; Jack was looking forward to receiving his 50 year Masonic pin in March 2012. He was also a member of the Tri-County #51, Kanawha Commandry #4, Scottish Rite Bodies KCCH Valley of Charleston, Beni Kedem Shrine Temple and was past president of Ohio Valley Shrine Club, Parkersburg. Jack drove over 100,000 miles taking children to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and also made over 35 trips to the Cincinnati Burn Center.

During his lifetime, he was employed by United Fuel Gas Company and Union Carbide, Institute Plant. After graduating from college, he was employed as an instructor for the Pleasant and Wood County boards of education, at the vocational centers, until retiring in 1991.

Service will be 7 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2011 at Chapman Funeral Home, 3624 Winfield Road, Winfield with Pastor Jean Summerfield officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502, or to Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25312-2536.

The family would like to thank the Hubbard Hospice House staff for their love and tender care for the family and our loving husband, father, brother and friend.