Dr. D. Keith Ferrell, 62, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Guy V. and Phyllis (Manera) Ferrell, and his beloved Labrador retrievers, Snickers and Brandy.
Dr. Ferrell was a graduate of both Dallas High School and Luzerne County Community College, where his father served as the first president of the college. He received his bachelor's degree from Wilkes University and his post-graduate degrees from Marywood University. In addition, he was one of the first Pennsylvania Certifications Board's certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors. He was also a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), an internationally certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and held a certificate of proficiency in the treatment of alcohol and other psychoactive substance use disorders from the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Ferrell was the founder and director of the Forensic Assessment and Counseling Unit at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility until 2003. He worked in private practice with Ferrell and Associates Inc. since 1990, with offices in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton. He was also the program director for Pennsylvania Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy and a Fellow and Certified Supervisor associated with the Albert Ellis Institute, New York, where he worked as an associate professor.
Dr. Ferrell was an antique car enthusiast, motorcyclist, and banjo and guitar player. He was also a skeet and clay shooting and indoor target shooting enthusiast. He was one of the founding members of the Crossroadz Motorcycle Club, Frackville, and also a member of the Nescopeck Hunting and Rifle Club, the PGA National Golf Club, and the Palm Beach Yacht Club. He was also a member of the Irem Shiners Lodge No. 61.
Keith is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marylee Brennan Ferrell; his beloved dog, Bella; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Funeral services for Dr. Ferrell will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of St. Mary's Cemetery, 1594 S. Main St., Hanover Township, followed by entombment in the cemetery's mausoleum. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township.
Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.