A lifetime resident of the area, Marvin Keeler passed away at the Brockville General Hospital on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, following a brief illness. He was 69.
Marvin was born in Matilda Township on June 5, 1943, to his parents Garnet and Effie Keeler (nee Robinson).
As a teenager he began working for a local farmer but his main interest was doing mechanical work so he got a job working at Gib Strader’s junk yard when he was only 15 years old.
On July 2, 1966, he married Connie Howe and together they had one son Jeff. Marvin worked for Gib Strader for a number of years before going to work on the big boat engines at Prescott Machine and Welding.
When he was laid off in 1981, he, Connie and Jeff moved to Alberta where he worked on the heavy equipment in the oil fields.
The family returned to the Iroquois area in 1989.
Marvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, doing woodwork and repairing lawn mowers. He loved the outdoors and his small farm animals which are now being taken care of by his grandson Rylee who shares his grandfather’s love for animals.
Marvin will be fondly remembered by his family and the many friends he made locally, in Alberta and in Nova Scotia.
Marvin is survived by his wife Connie (nee Howe), his son Jeff and his wife Debbie of Williamsburg.
He will be fondly remembered by his siblings Edna Roskell (late Frank) of Hanesville, John (Joan) of Prescott, Linda Beckstead (William) of RR1 Iroquois, Basil (Debbie) of Nova Scotia, Tim of Nova Scotia and Tony (Della) of Hanesville.
He will be sadly missed by grandchildren Michael, Rylee and Raven. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Marvin was predeceased by his parents Garnet and Effie Keeler and his brother Garnet.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of the service. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Friday, July 27 at 1 p.m., with Rev. Doug Carnegie officiating. Cremation followed.
Donations to the BGH Palliative Care would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.