Melvin V. Keil, 92, died Nov. 10 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born Aug. 9, 1921 in Rush County, he was the son of Siegmund and Ernestine Karoline (Becker) Keil. On May 5, 1951, he married Elizabeth Jane Parish in Great Bend. She died on June 10, 2012. A resident of Great Bend since 1942, coming from Rush County, he was a heavy equipment operator, working for Knupp Construction and Nichol Construction.
Mr. Keil served during World War II as a Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class in the United States Navy. He was a member of the American Legion Argonne Post #180, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3111, a charter member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, and a life member of the D.A.V., in which he served as Past Commander.
Survivors include two sons, Allen Keil and wife Rebecca of Tucson, Ariz. and John Keil and wife Bonnie of Marana, Ariz.; two daughters, Mary Keil-LeRoy and her husband Danny LeRoy of Great Bend and Judy Cooley and her husband Dean of Wichita; one sister, Leona Crotty of Garden City; two brothers, Luther Keil and Arnie Keil, both of Great Bend; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother, Herbert Keil; and two sisters, Milda Hopper and Esther Kruckenberg.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend with the Rev. Adam Wutka officiating. Burial, with Navy honors, will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St. Mark Lutheran Church Building Fund, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, Ks. 67530
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Nov. 12, 2013