Gerald “Jerry” Keil

1938-2014

Jerry unexpectedly passed away from here on earth to his Eternal life with our Lord on June 2, 2014. While he will be missed terribly, he is walking with Jesus. He was born in Hoisington, KS, to Elsie (Keil) Herber. He grew up on a farm in Kansas, where his love of toy (farm toys) collecting began as a young boy. He loved playing baseball. He graduated from High School in Otis, KS. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army in 1956. He enjoyed his time out of the country as he was stationed in Germany.

Soon after his return from Germany, he met, Karen, his wonderful wife of 55 years. They resided for many years in Kansas with their 3 children. In July of 1972, they moved to Oklahoma. They resided in Edmond since 1973.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Karen; his 3 children, Mishelle (Keil) Handy and husband Rusty of Edmond, Keli (Keil) Bennett and husband Dan of Tulsa, and Jeff Keil of Edmond; and his grandchildren, Taylor, 22, and Tanner, 17, Handy

of Edmond, and Hunter, 13, and Sydney, 9, Bennett of Tulsa. Jerry was an only child and was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie. He is also survived by his Aunts Alean (Keil) Sanders, LaFern (Keil) Trent, and by his Uncle Glenn Keil and wife Helen, and Lee Keil (deceased) and wife Roberta.

He was a loving Father and Grandfather known as Papa. Papa loved dearly all of his children and grandchildren. They all had a lot of fun together and Papa was always available if someone needed something. He loved coaching his girls’ softball team and did so for many years. He spent many years every weekend hauling one of his daughters to numerous horse shows. More recently, with the computer and technology age and the occasional frustration it generated, Jerry appreciated spending time with his son and the help he received with any computer problems he encountered. Jerry also loved to ride along with his  other daughter as she delivered wedding cakes for her business.

He was a huge pet lover. He had a Cocker Spaniel (or two) almost his entire life. He loved his friendly companion, Daisy, his Cocker Spaniel. Daisy is part of the family. Also, he and his granddaughter loved to play with his granddaughter’s guinea pig, Sweetie Pie.  He had a huge love for baseball (and the St. Louis Cardinals) and grew up playing baseball and continued playing through part of his adult life fast-pitched softball. He was an avid KU Jayhawk fan. He attended several KU basketball games. He was also a K-State fan. Jerry continued, since he was a young boy, to collect toys. After he retired, he became a huge Toy Collector. For many years, he traveled throughout many states attending Toy Shows. He also organized and held his own Toy Shows in several states. He found a lot of enjoyment in collecting. He owned Kyle Collectibles, Inc., and Jerry’s Tours.

He was a kind and giving man with a wonderful heart. He liked to help those in need often buying gifts for those less fortunate or buying anonymously for those in need of a meal. He also liked to purchase a meal for a Veteran in recognition of their service.

As a family, we find great comfort in knowing that even though for us his time here was too short, he is now in a glorious place walking with our Lordand Savior Jesus Christ.

We will all miss Jerry, Dad, Papa, Uncle Jerry and friend, but we will see him again someday. A Military Service will be held 10:00 AM, June 16, 2014, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galatia, KS. In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to Karen Keil for the Memorial Fund handled by the family.

Comments

  1. I am so very sorry for your sudden loss of Jerry. I pray God’s comfort to you Karen, and all the family!!!! Certainly remember fondly his toy collections. Such a loving man!! God Bless!!

    • Carol, thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your prayers — especially at this time in our lives. Blessings to you and yours,

      Karen

  2. I am so blessed to have had the friendship of this dear, dear man and his family for 32 years. I will miss him so much. God bless all of you and give you peace as you work through your grief.

    • We too will miss him. We loved the many hours we spent together. Those memories will be cherished and are especially meaningful as we work through our grief. Blessings.

  3. Jerry was the best part of the Deines family-always fun and challenging. He added so much joy to our gatherings and his passing leaves an empty hole but a smile in all of our hearts. The notes above capture the Jerry we all knew and loved. We gladly share him in his new heavenly home.

    • Jerry loved being with my siblings. He was in the middle of planning a trip to Kansas the week that he took his final ambulance ride. His plan was to have as many as could meet at someone’s house or a restaurant to have a good time. We can be sure he is having a fun time in heaven too!

  4. Jerry was wonderful person. He was fun to be around. Lots of good memories. He always made you smile and made you feel special. He is going to bring greatly missed. But think about all the fun they are having in Heaven with him there.

    • You are right — he’s having fun and making it a fun time with others. Sydney loves the rhyme game that he made up. Yes, we have lots of good memories. Thanks for sharing.

  5. We want to express our sincere Sympathy to you & your Family. Our prayers are with you.

  6. Dear Karen

    just heard the news from Leland yesterday and send prayers to you and your family during this difficult time Had just thought about the two of you last week . Give
    condolences to your family

  7. Elaine, how good to hear from you. We appreciate your kind thoughts. We have lots of good memories, but realize that our lives will be taking a turn. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Karen and family

  8. Karen, just saw this about Jerry. Oh, I am so sorry and saddened by your loss. I always liked Jerry. He was always so friendly! Also loved hearing about his toys! May God surround you with peace, love, and comfort! I know your family has wonderful memories that you will cherish! Love to you and your family!

    Marianne Foster

  9. So sorry to hear about Jerry Keil. I remember him when We used to come and see his family there in Edmond,Ok. My prayers are with his family.

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