Van and Aino Keeler
Van O. Keeler, 85
Van O. Keeler, 85, formerly of Otsego, peacefully passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014. He was born Oct. 25, 1928, in Hamlin Township, Eaton County, the son of Lloyd and Bertha (Kikendall) Keeler.
After graduating from Highland Park High School, he served in the United States Army in Japan. In 1952, he married high school sweetheart, Aino Raty.
In 1955, he completed Wayne State University's Medical School. Following internship in Lansing and residency in Lafayette, La., he opened his medical practice in Otsego in August 1957, where he worked for 24 years. He became a specialist in Family Practice, and mentored many students.
Dr. Keeler was a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians from 1961. From 1980 to 1988, he was the associate director of the Family Practice residency program at Michigan State University's Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. He then joined Allegan Medical Center until retirement in 1994. In 1988, he achieved subspecialty certification in geriatrics.
He served on the Otsego Board of Education from 1959-1978.
After retirement, Van was a locum tenens physician in many states, including Alaska. He fulfilled a boyhood dream as ship's physician aboard the World Discoverer, an expedition cruise ship that took him and Aino throughout the Pacific, including the Aleutians, Siberia, French Polynesia, The Cook and Easter Islands, South America, and Antarctica. They traveled to every continent except Africa.
In addition to his lifelong study of medicine and compassion for people, Van was also a technology, photography and wildlife buff.
Van is survived by four children; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Keeler of Springport and Robert (Erlene) Keeler of Jackson; sister-in-law Emogene (Ronald) Keeler of Hickory Corners; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Aino; his parents; sister Carrie; and six brothers, Arthur, Roy, Lewis, Forrest, Howard and Ronald.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Honoring his request, cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be Monday, Aug, 18, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon visitation following at Otsego United Methodist Church, 223 E. Allegan St. His final resting place will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation or the charity of one's choice.
To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Van's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, visit www.michigancremation.com.
Aino Marian Keeler, 83
Aino Marian (Raty) Keeler, formerly of Otsego, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Grand Rapids, at the age of 83.
As the second daughter of Jaakko and Aili (Mattson) Raty, she was born on Dec. 3, 1930, in Detroit. She graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and went on to marry her high school sweetheart Van O. Keeler in 1952. They made their home in Otsego in 1957, where they raised four children.
She managed bookkeeping for her husband's family medical practice, as well as several rental properties. She was accomplished at needlework. In 1987, she opened her own shop, the Needle Niche, in Kalamazoo. Over the years, she graciously opened her home to family and friends from across the globe, including seven exchange students and numerous medical students.
At her death, Aino was survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Dr. Van O. Keeler, who died a few weeks later.
Aino is survived by her four children, Helen (Thomas) Ruggeri of Otsego, Kathleen (Ken Newton) Keeler of Colorado, Carol (Reinhard) Falk and Paul Keeler of Byron Center; 10 grandchildren, Brian and Matthew Ruggeri, Coleman and Keneka Newton, Janelle, Daniel and Emily Falk, Joshua, Jacob and Alexander Keeler; her sisters Ruth E. Rich of Berkley and Helen M. Arntz of Mt. Clemens; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honoring her request, cremation has taken place.
A short memorial service will be Monday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon visitation following at Otsego United Methodist Church, 223 E. Allegan St., Otsego.
Her final resting place will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery along side her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation or the charity of one's choice.
To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Aino's online guest book or to share a favorite memory, visit www.michigancremation.com.