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Thomas Q. Keeler, II

March 31, 1942 January 26, 2012
Thomas Q. Keeler,  II
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THOMAS Q. KEELER March 31, 1942 - January 26, 2012 Vero Beach, FL Thomas Q. Keeler II, entered into rest unexpectedly at home in Vero Beach, FL on January 26, 2012. He was 69. The son of the late Thomas Q. Keeler and Fern and Walter Grimm, he was born on March 31, 1942.

He proudly served in the United States Air Force. He was formerly employed as a train dispatcher for New York-New Haven Railroad, Main Line Division. He was the former owner of Pat and Tom's Diner in Milford, CT and General Trucking in Middletown, NY. He was a lover of 1950s Rock and Roll music, convertible cars and antique Lionel trains. He was a precision craftsman and a modeler with an eye for detail, as well as a master mechanic.

A family statement reads, "Our dad was a kind, humble and loving man who never had a harmful word to say. He had a love for life and felt most content living by the ocean. Dad always said ’life is all about the journey and adventure.’ He did not like to experience the same thing twice and believed that life is for the living, not to dwell on loss because we will be together again. He will be sadly missed by all as he travels on his next journey. His faith in God will guide him to our dear Lord. We love you dad."

He is survived by his wife, Annie Williamson-Keeler, and his former wife and mother of his children, Patricia Ann Keeler. He is also survived by his loving children: Kim Wilson and her companion, Charles DeMartino, Thomas Keeler III and his wife, Arnel, Dawn Keeler and her companion, Walter Wentland, Jennifer Keeler and her companion, Rick LaChance; stepdaughter, Rena Pvarr; brother, James Keeler and sister, Ellen Raddel. He is also survived by grandchildren: Brittany Weisbeck and her husband, Steven, Thomas Keeler IV, Casey Wilson, Amber Wentland, Nicholas Wentland, Walter Wentland Jr., Skylar LaChance, Faith LaChance; great-grandson, Mason Weisbeck and many extended family members. He was predeceased by his sisters-in-law, Linda Walsh, and Jacqueline Keeler, and his brother-in-law, John P. Jones.

Visitation hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. Pastor Bryant Vasquez will lead a funeral service at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening. Cremation will be private and burial of ashes will take place in Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Craigville Road, Goshen, NY 10940.

Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc. Visit to post a condolence or view the online obituary.

Visitation hours are Thurs., Feb. 2 from 7 to 9 pm at fuenral home. Service at 8:30 pm Thurs.

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