HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – George Edson Keeler, 89, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House of Huntington, W.Va. He was born May 10, 1924, in Springfield, Mass., and raised in Bangor by his late parents Frank and Mae Colburn Keeler.
George was a devoted husband and a loving, kind and gentle father. He never met a stranger and if you were his friend, you were a friend for life. George was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps having received a Purple Heart during World War II and he was a member of the American Legion Post 16 of Huntington, W.Va., and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a fireman for the City of Huntington retiring on July 1, 1976. He designed the No. 10 fire station and drew the route map for that district which still hangs in the station today. He designed and drew many posters and advertisements over the years for the Huntington Fireman’s Parade. For three years he was the men’s individual state figure skate champion during his high school years in Bangor. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and artist.
George was the youngest of three children born to his late parents and he was predeceased by both his brother, Franklin Keeler; and sister, Gertrude Bussell. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ruth V. “Butch” Keeler; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sara (Earl) Simmons and her husband, Harry Simmons, and Gena and Charles Hart all of Huntington, W.Va.; grandchildren, Scott and Beth Earl, Christina and Stephen Collins, Brian Hart and Brett Hart; and great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Charity and Blaine Collins, Kole and Atina Earl and Brynlee Hart. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, at Reger Funeral Chapel by Pastor Scott Byard. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Reger Funeral Home. The Huntington Fire Dept. will provide an honor guard during visitation and conduct the Fireman’s Memorial Bell service Thursday, at the funeral home. The Veterans Honor Guard of American Legion Post 16 of Huntington will conduct military graveside rites. Condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.