In Loving Memory of Steven Blane Keeling
Steven Blane Keeling, age 68, of Appleton, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at home surrounded by his closest family. Steve was born in Lone Oak, KY, on July 28, 1955, a son of the late Ruben and Katherine (Rives) Keeling.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He cherished moments spent with his wife, children and grandchildren, always putting family at the center of his world. He met his loving wife, Cindy (Lueneburg), while studying at Bethel College and got married on September 15, 1979. They enjoyed many activities together and could always make each other laugh over their nearly 44 years of marriage.
Steve will be fondly remembered for his commitment to his family, his passion for sports and his love for the kitchen. Steve's enthusiasm for both watching and playing sports was infectious, bringing joy to those around him. He enjoyed the outdoors, where he would immerse himself in gardening or a long walk. His culinary talents shone through as he delighted in experimenting with new recipes, his family always ready to taste-test his latest creations.
His kindness and warm-hearted nature touched the lives of everyone he encountered, leaving a lasting impact on friends and strangers alike. He embodied the spirit and told us several times near the end, of the famous Jimmy V quote, "Don't give up, don't ever give up," facing life's challenges with unwavering determination until the very end. Steve's memory will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate to know him. His legacy of love, kindness and resilience will continue to inspire us all.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Cindy of Appleton; his children, Kimberly (Craig) Gloudemans of Neenah, Bradley (Angela) Keeling of Sussex; five grandchildren – Claire and Kendra Gloudemans, Bryce, Miles and Sage Keeling; his brothers, Paul and Reuben Keeling; and his sister, Phyllis Jett; and several nieces and nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ruben and Katherine; and his brothers Terry and Wayne Keeling.
A celebration of life gathering will be scheduled at a later date