Keith A. Jakel, 55, of Highland, Ill., born March 19, 1957, at St. Joseph Hospital in Highland, Ill., died Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
Keith was a field service engineer for Vaisala, Inc. for the past 15 years. He provided training for many of the field service engineers, and was loved by his customers.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, Ill., the Moose Club, Knights of Columbus, Highland, Ill., ABATE, and Sportsman's Club. He managed a ladies softball team for 15 years. Keith didn't know a stranger. He loved to ride. He finally met the love of his life, Dottie, and her son's, Josh and Logan. He was a sports fanatic, especially, NASCAR. He didn't miss a Sunday taking his dad to church. He was a big guy, with a big heart and he loved his new Harley!
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty J., nee Wagner, Jakel; a brother, Dennis Jakel; and many aunts and uncles.
Surviving are his father, Vincent Jakel of Highland, Ill.; a brother, Terry (Susan) Jakel of Alhambra, Ill.; fiancee, Dottie Ratliff of Highland, Ill.; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and a host of riding buddies.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul Education Foundation or ABATE.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, Ill., with Rev. Father Charles A. Edwards officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Highland, Ill.
MERIDITH FUNERAL HOME, Highland, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 22, 2012