Horace Keesey Iii
1928 - 2019
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Horace Keesey III

York - Horace Keesey III, age 90, of Spring Garden Township, died peacefully in his sleep at 1:45 P.M., Monday, February 25, 2019. He was married for 40 years to the late Kathryn Louise Hamme Keesey, who died in 1995.

Born October 22, 1928, in York, he was the oldest child of the late Horace Keesey Jr. and the late Mary Dalrymple Schmidt Keesey. He was one of five Horace Keeseys: all were relatives, none had a middle name, and one was an older cousin.

Mr. Keesey attended York Collegiate Institute and Deerfield Academy and graduated from The Gilman School and from Lafayette College, with a degree in Engineering.

Mr. Keesey spent most of his life in the paper business, beginning with a summer job in 1945, at age 16, at the Schmidt & Ault Paper Company on King's Mill Road. John C. Schmidt (Mr. Keesey's grandfather) and Robert Ault purchased the old King Mill in 1897. Henry D. Schmidt (Mr. Keesey's uncle) took over the business in 1924 and began transitioning the mill from producing paper made from rags and wood pulp to recycling paper in 1929. Schmidt & Ault was purchased first by St Regis Paper Company, second by Champion International, and finally by Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation. Mr. Keesey retired in 1993 as Vice President of Production and Sales for Smurfit- Stone Container Corporation.

In 1964, Mr. Keesey and four friends -- Jake Barnhart, Albert G. Blakey, Irvin S. Naylor, and W.F.O. Rosenmiller -- started Ski Roundtop. The company grew to include other ski areas. He remained on the Board of Directors until the ski company was sold in the fall of 2018.

He served on the Board of Directors of The York Water Company, including in the position of Chairman of the Board. He was a member of St. John Episcopal Church, the Country Club of York, the Rotary Club of York, and the former Lafayette Club. He was also actively involved in SCORE after his retirement.

Mr. Keesey was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed lacrosse, wrestling, ice hockey, skiing, tennis, golf and bird hunting. He enjoyed his dogs and took credit for his wife Kathy's training of them. Mr. Keesey thought no one noticed when he and his dog Charlie, or later, his dog Max, tried to sneak across the fairways at the neighboring Country Club of York. He did not like cats until Charlotte wandered into his backyard and stayed for the next 19 years. He told everyone he was training her too, but all of his friends noticed who was really in charge.

Mr. Keesey is survived by his four children: Horace Keesey IV of Winooski, Vermont; Sallie Hamme Keesey Francis, and her husband Steve, of York; Mark Latimer Keesey, and his wife Julia, of York; and Alice Virginia Keesey deBergen, and her husband Christophe, of Versaille, France. He is also survived by his three grandchildren: Benjamin deBergen, Anna deBergen, and Maxfield Francis; his brother, James Carson Keesey of Salem, Oregon; and his sister, Mary Keesey Pelletier of Port Angeles, Washington.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 9, 2019, at St. John Episcopal Church,140 North Beaver Street, York, with the Reverend Canon David W. Lovelace officiating. Private burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 South George Street, York, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary Club of York, SCORE, or Parkinson's Foundation.


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Published in York Daily Record on Feb. 28, 2019.
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Julia Ann Blakey BUTLER
March 12, 2019
Bud Blakey (my bro) & me. 10 yrs.ago +
Julie Blakey BUTLER
March 12, 2019
Brother Bud & Me 10 + years ago.
Julia Ann Blakey Butler
March 1, 2019
March 1, 2019
Hans and Roberta Geier
March 1, 2019
Hi Sallie,

I'm sorry to see your dad passed but I am sure my dad, Don Orcutt, was waiting for him with a Manhattan in one hand and a golf club in another! I had seen your dad several times during the last year of my dad's life. He was such a good and caring friend to Dad.

In friendship,
Beth Orcutt Drude
March 1, 2019
All ways a true gentleman. Had lots of fun over the years at Ski Roundtop social gathering.
Maurice Bobst
February 28, 2019
Horace was an amazing gentleman and I was blessed to have known him and visited with him over the last 7 years or so. He will be greatly missed.
Scott Bohlen
February 28, 2019
So sorry to read that Horace has gone. We had heard that his health had deteriorated, so perhaps this was a blessing. We had many good ski trips with he and Kathy and always enjoyed our times with Horace. Our best to Ivan, Sallie, Mark and Alice.
Mike and Peg Paules
Hilton Head SC
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