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March 20, 2014
I'm trying to send Mike's wife, Kathy a note... if (as I assume you are his family, if not Kathy, Mike's wife)... merely send my regards, again, and advise if she cannot get a good size photo of the pictures of our USMC Boot Camp Graduation Picture (which incidentally is the anniversary date for our joining was March 25, 1965... a couple days ago... 51 years ago) Anyhow again, my best regards from / to Kathy and the rest of his family. Kind regards/ Semper Fi... Rob "Krag" Kragulac.
March 19, 2014
To Kathy... (see showing graduation from USMC Boot Camp c May 12, 1963 picture of platoon added)

Semper Fi Mike... It was a cold, “wet” night outside, for several days, the snow had fallen, ultimately turned to slush, on this particular February 1963. We were 2nd semester freshmen at Indiana University, Bloomington (main) campus- engulfed in campus life, contrasted from our respective high school days in “the Region” (Lake County)- Mike his days of high school football, me- previously playing on our Senators team basketball for the State Championship basketball game (ECW v. Evansville Bosse), then as a freshman walk-on at IU's BB team, Clearance (Fauber) we regarded the “brains” of our seemingly in retrospect, spurred, no doubt (as we all a fate) by an exploring wonder-lust gagle of teenagers . Then ages 18-19; huddled around my bed, playing cards, in my dorm room –“C-214”, i.e., with our brand new Martin building dorm, in Foster Quadrangle on Fee Lane- playing cards. Restless, sensing collective comments amongst the others, I recall … “I'm going to join the Marine Corps!” With little no longer than a breath of time to reflect… not now recalling the order… each of the other said, “yes”, “sure, why not”, “yeah… me too”.
We shared our “teenage limited considerations, perceptions and aspirations” and we were off. or consequences”. In particular, and if not incessantly, for Mike… would say: “I'm ready for some excitement”. We left Indianapolis on an 8 hour prop-driven TWA non-stop flight landing, at about 12:20 am in San Diego, CA… and right next to the US Marine Corps Depot (“USMCRD”)- for “Boot Camp”- there for 12 weeks, and follow-up at Camp Pendleton (north of San Diego, at Oceanside) for Advanced Infantry Training (I recall that for an additional grueling 4 weeks). Although we were split up from different companies/ battalions – which necessitates our further respective training – called then “MOS” (military jargon: Military Operation Specialty). Originally and following Camp Pendleton, following leave (respectively we went back home to the Region) for 30 days. Then, coincidentally, we all returned to MCRD- San Diego, for training for Mike, Clearance and Danny for Communications School; me to Special Services – Military Police section for the base). Because we were all stationed there in San Diego, as I was enrolled and taking night school classes, commuting at San Diego State College, at night, we decided to “chip in” and had an apartment, on campus. As we most were scheduled “8-to-5 days” we relished the weekends together on campus matters. After Mike and the others finished their schooling “The Corps” our separate ways.. I seem to recall.. Clearance went to El Torro Marine Corps Air Base (Air Wing – near then, Tustin, CA (near Disneyland), Danny was assigned to Administration to a battalion based in Las Pulgas (adjacent to Camp Pendleton- on the ocean), a few months later to Hawaii (USMC Air Wing Kaneohe base), Mike (I was led to inform was transferred to the East Coast, near or at Camp LeJeune, NC). While we were together (especially) in San Diego, and Oceanside areas we remained in touch. Most important here was the resounding theme… How much Mike expressed his love and affection for Kathy. It was remarkable… it was as though whatever life was going to avail for him… for him… he adored, and soul-loved (if that is possible… so great the profession of his love) and they were going to be married for the rest of his life.
Mike got his desire fulfilled. I always over the years have made comment, when the subject came up, both professionally when practiced family (divorce) law providing counsel as well, and as non-professionally as casual comment about marriages and “love” as an institution, commitment and “just right” couples… I would mention Mike and Kathy…. Ie., That the magic of life gave Mike, and I know Kathy, too, had really had that “magic” that came and happened upon the two of you…. and truly had the “gift of love”. That is the treasure of life that seems to all-too-often eludes the intentions of “…best laid plans of men…”. Your life in and during while with physically is no less than together as they are now… no breath of thought and time can be any further from each other – for all time. You have, you are and remain blessed. For Mike… an via you, Kathy… may you always be..
Lastly I forever remember being emblematic of the sound and music/lyrics Mike would say and sing to us while together in the Corps- while the song was popular: by the Chiffons: “He's So Fine” (I'm going to try to affix for you… If not you may have it or want to hear it.). God Bless… s/me

Semper Fi. s/ Rob "Krag" Kragulac (see platoon MCRD Graduation Photo I have attempted to add)
February 18, 2014
I was so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. what a great guy. I can well imagine he was a great husband, father and uncle. Great strength and best of luck to Kathy and Joe going forward. Mike Keyak was one of the really, really good guys I've been fortunate to know. Everyone in the class of '62 and many others valued his friendship and will surely miss him.
February 17, 2014
Ann and I just heard about Mike. We are so sorry. Lost touch with you guys after we mover from Chicago in '94 but we will always remember Mike's sense of humor and the good times we had with you two. What a great guy to have known all the way back to my Whittaker Metals days right out of college.
February 13, 2014
I will remember the standout leadership of Mike with football and him being part of a fine family. My regards to all....barney halaschak
February 10, 2014
Joe & Kathy- Thinking of your families at this hard time in your lives.
February 09, 2014
Kathy -- so sorry for your loss of Mike. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts thru your loss ---
February 08, 2014
Dear Kathy & Mike Jr. I'm not sure if you remember me or not, it's Joe McMullins I just heard the news 10 minutes ago & I'm greatly sadden & I send you my deepest condolences. Mike was a great guy to say the least.I have pictures of Mike & I together hanging in my office. He will be truly missed. Sincerely, Joe McMullins
February 08, 2014
Kathy, Mike Jr., Judy, Joe and all family members. I LOVE YOU. Mike will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Rest in peace, my brother. He was so PROUD TO BE A MARINE. I LOVE YOU MIKE
February 08, 2014
Aunt Kathy & Michael - I'm so sorry and wish I could be there with you today. Sending hugs and kisses to you both.
February 08, 2014
Aunt Kathy & Michael - I'm so sorry and wish I could be there with you today. Sending hugs and kisses to you both.
February 08, 2014
I will miss you forever Uncle Mike.. Love, your little Lisa
February 07, 2014
Love you Uncle Mike! You will be greatly Missed!
February 06, 2014
R.I.P Mile God has a angel Kathy and family our in my thought and prayers
February 06, 2014
I went to school with mike God has a angel thoughts and prayers for the whole Keyak family
February 06, 2014
Keyak family I'm so sorry for your loss. Mike was a very good friend to me ever since I joined the marine corp lg and I had so much respect for him, mike will be missed a lot. God bless and SEMPERFI
February 06, 2014
Dear Kathy, Mike Jr, Judy, Barb and Joe,
We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember Mike as a great guy. We know he will be missed by many. May memories of good times with Mike help comfort you now and in the days ahead. Love, Terry and Margo (Levenda)
February 06, 2014
Deepest sympathies.
February 06, 2014
I salute Sir for serving your country as a proud American.
A donation: Wounded Warriors Project is in order.
February 06, 2014
Kathy and family so sorry for your loss of such a nice Guy in school. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers for all of you Linda jones
February 06, 2014
Kathy and family,
So sorry to hear about Mike.Still remember riding the bus to and from football & baseball games.If you weren't happy,he would make the whole bus happy.A very special guy.He will be missed by many.
February 06, 2014
From early 1968, when Mike (& brother Joe)opened a brokerage account with me, until I retired in 1999 - it was a pleasure knowing and working with Mike. He was a good man who knew what he was doing. My condolences to Joe and to the rest of Mike's family.
February 06, 2014
Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
My prayers and thoughts are with you always.
Karen & Mike Jankowicz
February 06, 2014
Dear Kathy and family, Please accept my sincere sympathy on Mikes passing. He was a great guy and loved by many including me. Lonadelle
February 06, 2014
Kathy and family,

My deepest sympathies on Mike's passing. I've really missed him these past few years. Mike would always have me cracking up about something. Great sense of humor he had. Great guy, period.

Alas, Mike is now standing his final post.

Semper Fidelis,

Brian Fesko
Howlin Mad Detachment
Marine Corps League
[Lifetime Member]
February 05, 2014
RIP Mike. We will miss your wit and humor. Another angel in heaven to watch over us.
February 05, 2014
Dear Kathy and Mike Jr,
Our hearts are broken over hearing of Mike's passing. Having wonderful neighbors like the Keyak's my entire life was a true honor, and the house I drive by everyday is still, and will always be, "Keyak's house!" Our little girl was so sad that the "Halloween Dollar Bill Man" went to Heaven, but she will always remember how exciting he made Halloween night for all the kids with those crisp $1 bills! All our love and prayers to the entire Keyak family.
February 05, 2014
Kathy, Mike and family. I can't tell you
how sorry I am. Mike was truly the most generous man I have every met. It did not matter if it was bussiness or personal he was always willing to help out. My God give you strength at this most difficult time.
February 05, 2014
Kathy, we are so sorry about mike,he was one great marine, and was pleasure to have known him. al and Marilyn chlupacek.
February 05, 2014
My condolences what a guy it would take too many words to describe my buddy and pal Mike I will truly miss you. Jerry Harber. Ft Myers Fl
February 05, 2014
mike was truly a very kind & unique person. I will remember him always as a good friend.
February 05, 2014
Dearest Kathy and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
May Mike rest in peace.
God's Best
February 05, 2014
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