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Leo Berl Keech

Published 12:04am Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mr. Leo Berl Keech, age 75, a resident of Trenton, FL, died Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington, NC.
A graveside funeral service will be held 1:30 PM Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
Mr. Berl was born in the Free Union Community of Beaufort County on December 24, 1936, son of the late Leva Benjamin Keech and the late Cora Webster Keech. He was a 1955 graduate of Pantego High School. Mr. Berl served his country in the U.S. Air Force for fourteen years having served in the Vietnam Era. On August 2, 1965, he married the former Shelby Jean Hill who survives. Following his military career he was an Electronics Technician with the Federal Aviation Administration and gained his private pilot license. He loved music, playing the piano and also wrote music for songs. When a pianist was needed Mr. Berl would be the first to volunteer. He was a member of Full Gospel Outreach in Fanning Springs, FL.
Surviving along with Mr. Berl’s wife Shelby of the home are two daughters: Deidre Beryl Keech of Winter Springs, FL, and Tracy Keech of Clearwater, FL; a granddaughter: Danielle Morales of Winter Springs, FL; a brother: J.T. Keech of Washington, NC, and two sisters: Ruby Dunbar of Danville, VA, and Meredith Carowan of Pantego. Mr. Berl was predeceased by a brother: Rudolph Keech and a sister: Sally Woolard.
In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests for memorial contributions to be made to the Pantego Academy Historical Museum, c/o William R. Baynor, 975 Daw Rd., Pantego, NC 27860.
Condolences may be offered by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com.
Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington and Hiers Baxley Funeral Service of Cheifland, FL, are both honored to serve the Keech family.

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