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Harry Wilfred Keel

August 14, 1962 ~ August 29, 2020 (age 58)

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Harry W. Keel

Retired second lieutenant Harry Wilfred Keel, 58, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida departed from this life on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Harry was born in West Point, NY, on August 14, 1962 to Harry and Nellie Keel.  Harry attended Niceville High School where he played football and baseball and was also a member of the ROTC program. Harry went on to earn his bachelor degree in Sociology at Florida State University and was again dedicated to the ROTC program for an additional four years. After graduating, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant.  Harry would later go on to train for his helicopter pilot license with the army at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

His military service was tragically cut short by an automobile accident that left Harry in a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.  Harry was passionate about politics and was an avid fan of Florida State University Seminole football team, as well as the Atlanta Braves baseball. When Harry wasn’t watching sports or his favorite political shows you would find him reading a book or the daily news paper.

Harry leaves behind to cherish his memories, his mother, Nellie Mae Keel, son, Anthony Jamaal Keel, his two brothers, Victor lashay Keel, Renwick Lamar Keel and two sisters, Tonda Laya Frierson (Willie) and Donna Renee’ Causey (Kenneth), three grandchildren, Nadia Marie O’Neal, Nyiema Melanie Keel and Gabriel Anthony Keel, four nieces, four nephews, two great nephews and four great nieces.  He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Keel. We will miss you and always love you dear Harry!

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
September 5, 2020

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Funeral Service
Saturday
September 5, 2020

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Private Interment

Barrancas National Cemetery
1 Cemetery Rd, Naval Air Station
Pensacola, FL 32508