Richard H. Keilig Sr.

WILTON - Richard H. Keilig, Sr. of Wilton passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at age 92. He was born in Wilton, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II (1940 - 1945), in the Pacific Theatre. In 1944, he married Martha M. (Griffiths) Keilig, of Queensland, Australia, who served in the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF). He was a life-long Wilton resident and was the president of the 1938 graduating class of Wilton Hill School.

Richard continued with military service, which included call-up for the Cuban Missile Crisis (2ndHwBn, 172nd Artillery) and service as Chief Warrant Officer of the Hillsborough Armory-National Guard transportation unit and retired with the rank of CW04 in 1979. He served as Post Commander (1947 and 1967) of the American Legion N. H. Post 10 in Wilton (he was the first WWII service Post Commander), and also was a Past Master of Clinton Lodge No. 52 of the Free and Accepted Masons.

Richard later married June L. (Haas) Keilig (U. S. Navy), his loving wife of 42 years. He and June were active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and this brought them great happiness. He and June were sealed for eternity in the Temple.

Richard is survived by his wife June and by four children: M. Joyce Keilig, RN (ret.) of Manchester, Lt. Col. (ret.) Richard H. and his wife Carol J. Keilig, Jr. of Moravia, Iowa, Roger. B. and his wife Carolyn H. Keilig of Hopkinton and Lisa M. Paquette and her husband, Steven L. Paquette of Roanoke, Va. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is pre-deceased by his first wife and a grandchild. Richard will have final rest in Wilton.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family and friends.

The arrangements are in the care of the Michaud Funeral Home, 32 Maple St., Wilton, NH. To view an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit our web site

Published in The Concord Monitor on Jan. 19, 2013