Ian Raymond McKeever, 20, of Lynn Haven, Florida, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 from injuries sustained in a car accident.
Ian was a life-long resident of Bay County, FL and graduated from Mosley High School in 2011. His love of the outdoors and the open water led him to adventures with Southern Transport Service as a seaman. He acted upon his desire to serve others by joining the United States Coast Guard when he was only 18. He earned the rank of Boatswain's Mate Third Class. Ian was a spiritual person and was Episcopalian by faith. He was chosen by his peers to be the Company Chaplain for his recruit training Coast Guard company in Cape May, NJ. Ian's giving spirit will continue because he chose to be an organ donor.
Ian enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, shooting, music (especially the guitar), and physical fitness. Ian often volunteered in local and presidential elections for the Republican party. He was always ready to defend his Second Amendment rights.
Ian is survived by his parents, Raymond and Naomi McKeever, his sister, Emma McKeever, his maternal grandmother, Jacqulyn Snyder, uncle, Jay McKeever (Donna), aunt, Georgia Hauffe, uncle, Philip Griffitts (Jerrilyn), close mentor, Frank McKeithen (Diane), cousins, Frank McKeever and Ryan Phillips, and a host of other family members and friends.
He had given his heart to a very special woman, Camille Johnson.
His passing was preceded by paternal grandfather, John P. McKeever Sr., paternal grandmother, Raye McKeever, and maternal grandfather, James W. Snyder.
A Celebration of life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 23rd in the Southerland Family Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a scholarship account set up at Panhandle Federal Credit Union. Condolences may be expressed or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com.
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Published in Panama City News Herald from Aug. 20 to Aug. 23, 2014