Robert Charles Keil, 91, of Bear Creek died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following an illness.
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Born in the Hudson section of Plains Township on Feb. 5, 1921, he was a son of the late George and Catherine Bowman Keil. He grew up in the Plains Township area and was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School.
Robert served his country in the Army during World War II. He attained the rank of staff sergeant in the 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division. He served under Patton's 3rd Army fighting through the European Theater. Robert received numerous medals and was honorably discharged after his service.
Returning home, Robert was employed by the Stress Steel Co. of Wilkes-Barre. He was a machine operator until his retirement.
Robert married Rosemary Ruddick in 1951 and they happily celebrated 53 years of marriage until Rosemary passed in 2004.
Robert was an avid hunter and loved bowling. He was also a past member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, George, Jack, Albert and Charles, and sister, Ruth Jenkins.
Mr. Keil is survived by his daughter, Debbie Peduto and her husband, Louie, Bear Creek; granddaughter, Shannon Hernandez and her husband, Eric, Mountain Top; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Kadyn; and his furry faithful friend, Oliver.
Mr. Keil's funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday from Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Township, with the Rev. Peter Kuritz, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Donations, in honor of Robert Keil, may be made to Hospice Community Care, a division of Celtic Healthcare, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.
For condolences to the family and directions to the funeral home, please access www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 28 to Jan. 29, 2013