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George Keeler, 79, passed away peacefully at home on July 10, 2017 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. George was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Larry Keeler, a sister-in-law Pam Jackson Baldwin, and two brother-in -laws Donald Lipp and Harry Knipe.  

George is survived by his wife of 49 years, Laura (Jackson) Keeler; children, Jon & Janice Keeler, and Rod & Julie (Keeler) Sutherlund; five grandchildren, Katie (22), Mady (19), Travis (14), Ryan (11), and Carly (10). Also surviving are a sister Marlene (Keeler) Lipp; sisters-in-law, Judy (Keeler) & Hank Van Eeuwen, and Linda (Jackson) Knipe; as well as many family and friends. George served four years in the U.S. Air Force after high school.  

After working for four years for Western Union he spent his career with IBM as an Advanced Customer Engineer, retiring after 29 years of service. George enjoyed doing handyman projects, spending time with his grandchildren and especially going to their games. He also enjoyed playing pétanque in Sebring, Florida and crossword puzzles.

Please join the family for visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday and from 11 a.m. until time of memorial services at 12:00 Noon on Friday at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Ave. S.E. at 36th St., Grand Rapids, (one block west of Eastern Ave). Pastor Jack Keeler will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to Spectrum Hospice for the wonderful care they provided or American Diabetes Association in honor of his wife and grandson Travis.

To send a message of sympathy to the family or to sign George’s online guest book, please visit: Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Jim & Fran Rogowski on July 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Deepest sympathies to your entire family for the loss of your dear husband and father.
    George will be rembered for his warm smile, friendly laugh and his many kindnesses. He was a dear friend who will be missed.

  2. Sue Perkowski on July 11, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Dear Jon and Janice, my deepest sympathies go out to each and every one of you. Laura, your husband was a fighter. I am friends with Janice and she shared your husband’s battle with me. He seemed like a wonderful man from what Janice shared with me. Jon I am deeply sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Stay strong no matter how hard that will be. My prayers are with all of you. May loving memories help you through your sorrow. Love, Sue

  3. Sam and Wilma New on July 12, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Laura so sorry for your loss.George will be missed here in Sebring,Fl.It was a pure joy playing games with George.Rest in Peace our good friend and may God bless the Keeler family.

  4. Jo Ann Hatfield on July 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Laura and Family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss.

    Jo Ann & Bill Hatfield

  5. Rich Jakubczak on July 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I’m so sorry for the loss. I will always remember him for his sense of humor and always making me feel like I was home when I visited.

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