Keeler, Nelson H.
Nelson â€œNedâ€ H. Keeler, 76, of New Bern, NC, passed away on 6 November 2018 in Tarpon Springs, FL.
Visitation will be 11:00 AM â€“ 1:00PM November 9, 2018 at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 701 East Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Friday November 9, 2018 at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 701 East Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 with Pastor Steve Epperson of Cherry Point Baptist Church officiating. Burial Arrangements will be at Arlington Cemetery at a later date.
Ned Keeler was born in New London, Connecticut to Lillian Miller Keeler and Nelson Keeler on January 26, 1942. He went on to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He married Maurine Hall in 1963 in New London, Connecticut. In 1999 he married Sheril Cheatham Keeler and they remained happily married until his passing. He served our nation as an officer in the United States Coast Guard for 32 years. After his retirement he moved on to continue his service to our nation for another 22 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the Federal Government. He was a dedicated and decorated veteran of the War in Vietnam and served in the United States Coast Guard as an aviator. He was awarded multiple medals and accommodations for heroism in the line of duty as a USCG Search and Rescue Pilot. In addition Ned received the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service. Ned was an active member of Cherry Point Baptist Church, Havelock, NC where he was involved in The Bridge Loaves and Fishes Ministry and the North Carolina Baptist Menâ€™s Mission Appalachian Christmas Outreach. He lovingly served in the childrenâ€™s room helping children living in poverty-ridden homes in West Virginia choose just the right gift to give their parents for Christmas.
Ned Keeler is preceded in death by his devoted mother Lillian Miller Keeler, his father Nelson Keeler, his maternal grandparents â€œGram and Popâ€ Louis and Beatrice Miller, his first wife Maureen Hall Keeler, His mother-in-law and father-in-law William and Mary Cheatham, and a half-brother Buzz Keeler.
Ned Keeler is survived by his wife Sheril Cheatham Keeler, daughters Deborah (Thomas) Flanagan of Tarpon Springs, FL, Michele Bert (Jeff Duncan) of Palm Harbor, FL, Sherri (Jeremy) Adams of Huntsville, AL; five grandchildren, Katie, Brendan and Brian Flanagan, Tyler and Ayden Adams; Sister-in-law and brother -in-law Karen and Fred Baumbach of Sandy Springs, GA; half sister Bobbi Keeler (Dennis Burtick), Athens, GA; cousin Sue Franzosa, Bridgeport CT; dear friends who are family and dearly loved Cheryl and Jack Adams, Pennsburg, PA, Donna and Bill Nielson of Crystal River, FL, Ralph Azersky, New Bern, NC and all of our dear friends at Cherry Point Baptist Church, Havelock, NC.
Pallbearers will be Nedâ€™s sons-in-law, Thomas Flanagan, Jeff Duncan and Jeremy Adams and his grandsons Brendan and Brian Flanagan and Tyler Adams.
The Keeler family wishes to request that in lieu of flowers donations be given to Nedâ€™s favorite mission ministries, which are The Bridge (Loaves and Fishes) and Appalachian Christmas Outreach. Donations can be given in Nedâ€™s memory via the following website: http://www.cherrypointbaptist.com/donate.html