Winfred Carl Keeling, fifth child of the late Claudie and Leta (Kimbrough) Keeling, was born May 20, 1943 in Stella, Missouri. As a young boy, Winfred and his family lived on a farm outside of Stella before moving to Neosho, Missouri. They lived in Neosho for 2 years, moved to Stoutland, Missouri for three years and finally settled in Waynesville, Missouri when Winfred was 10.
In 1961, Winfred married Michele Donald and they were blessed with three daughters: Kelley, Robin and Wendy.
For a time, Winfred worked as a fireman, but most of his working years were spent as a used car salesman. Winfred loved to visit with people and he used that skill in his car business.
In his spare time, Winfred loved any kind of sport, but especially playing golf. In his last few years, he spent a lot of time at the Waynesville/St. Robert Senior Center where he enjoyed playing games and visiting with friends. Most importantly, he loved his daughters and granddaughters and spending time with them. His dear friend, Jane Simmons and he shared many wonderful memories.
About three years ago, Winfred attended Westside Baptist Church and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. Winfred attended Westside Baptist Church when he was able.
Winfred went home to be with his Lord Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 17 days. Winfred had a lot of family and friends that will miss him dearly.
Winfred leaves to cherish his memory two children: Wendy Akins of Knoxville, TN and Kelley Keeling of Crocker, MO; two sisters: Bonnie Schrimpsher of Waynesville, MO and Melba Keeling-Harrington of Republic, MO; three brothers: Floyd Keeling of Waynesville, MO, Dale Keeling of Dixon, MO and Billy Keeling of Columbia, MO; two grandchildren: Skylar and Amanda; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Winfred was preceded in death by one daughter: Robin and one granddaughter: Tyler.
A memorial service was held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 10, 2009 in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. John Shaw officiating. Winfreds sister, Bonnie Schrimpsher, recalled her many wonderful memories of Winfred. Soloist Charlas Bales sang His Eye Is On the Sparrow and People Need the Lord. Serving as escorts were Jim Dodds, Jim Bales, Charlie Hance, Larry Bench, Linda (Weatherly) Seay and Chris Rowell.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Winfred Keeling to the Waynesville/St. Robert Senior Citizens Center and may be left at Waynesville Memorial Chapel.