Leo Berl Keech, 75, of Trenton died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington, N.C.
He was born in the Free Union Community of Beaufort County Dec. 24, 1936. a son of the late Leva Benjamin Keech and the late Cora Webster Keech.
He was a 1955 graduate of Pantego High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years, including during the Vietnam Era.
Following his military career, he was an electronics technician with the Federal Aviation Administration and gained his private pilot license. He loved music, playing the piano and also wrote music for songs. He was a member of Full Gospel Outreach in Fanning Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Shelby Jean Hill Keech of Trenton; two daughters, Deidre Beryl Keech of Winter Springs and Tracy Keech of Clearwater; a granddaughter, Danielle Morales of Winter Springs; a brother, J. T. Keech of Washington, N.C. and two sisters, Ruby Dunbar of Danville, Va. and Meredith Carowan of Pantego.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Rudolph Keech and a sister, Sally Woolard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests for memorial contributions to be made to the Pantego Academy Historical Museum, c/o William R. Baynor, 975 Daw Rd., Pantego, NC 27860.
A graveside funeral service was held Oct 10 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
On line condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland.