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Frank William Keeler

Frank William Keeler

Frank W. Keeler, 52 of Watersmeet, MI, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN with his family at his side.

Frank was born in Chicago Heights, IL on October 31, 1970, the eldest son of Patricia J (West) and Frank W Keeler.  Frank attended St Joseph School, Menomonie, WI and graduated from Regis High School, Eau Claire, WI 1989.  At that time, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the organization formerly known as the Boy Scouts of America.  He furthered his education at St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History 1993.  Frank then completed his Master of Arts degree in American History while at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 1995.

Frank began his teaching career at Florence High School, Florence, WI and finished at Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua, WI teaching Political Science, AP Government, AP Comparative Government, and Sociology.  He also served as an active advisor for school clubs Teen Court, Mock Trial, and Model UN, leading students to regional, national, and international competitions and conferences.  Dedicated to student achievement through academic rigor and experiential education, he gave maximum effort to that cause, and expected nothing less in return.

Frank worked summers near his home at Bent's Camp Resort on the Cisco Chain of Lakes, educating a different kind of student on the ways of the walleye.  Frank loved the independent lifestyle at his home in the UP of Michigan, but also loved travel, tripping from the Canadian Shield wilderness to the canyons of Lower Manhattan and many points in between.

Frank is remembered for his strong work ethic, independent mind, and dedication to excellence, both in himself and in those he taught.  His legacy is written in the hearts and minds of those he influenced.  He is survived by his parents, younger brother, John, and sister, Megan, close friends, and countless former students.

Catholic Funeral Mass will be 12:00 PM Friday December 2, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie, WI, Father John Mano officiating.  Visitation will be in the church from 10:00 AM to the time of service.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to fund an academic scholarship in Frank’s name.

 

Condolences

  1. Lisa R

    While I did not have the personal pleasure of knowing Frank, I’ve come to know some of the beautiful person through his sister, a friend of mine. I’m sending my love and condolences to his family and to all the students and friends he worked with during his career.

  2. William and Bonnie DeHoff

    Words cannot express the depth of our sympathy.

  3. Howard Campbell

    Frank was an outstanding young man and I know he was a great teacher.I feel terrible at his passing as do those who knew him at Regis. He is in my prayers. Howie Campbell

  4. Vincent Bradley

    Condolences to the Keeler family and thanks to John for reaching out. Frank is an old friend from our days at Marquette University. Frank impressed me as exceptionally bright, hard-working, and possessed of a great laugh and wonderful sense of humor. I spent quite a bit of time talking history, politics and sports with Frank. He was great company and an extremely loyal person. I know he became a demanding, kind, and forward-looking educator who went above and beyond for his students. Frank will be missed by myself, and so many others, who were fortunate to know him during his days at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Frank was an exceptional person and I count myself blessed for having known him.

  5. Pam Bowe

    Although I did not have Frank as a student, I definitely was aware of how intelligent, hard working, and creative Frank was as a student at Regis. I was fortunate to have taught John and Megan and to get to know his parents so I know how much your hearts are hurting. It is evident Frank influenced so many lives as a teacher and example of how to live life to the fullest.

  6. Sherri Murdza

    I’m so sorry to hear about Frank. Sadly, I didn’t get to meet him until July of 2020. He was helping my uncle & aunt a great deal & always without hesitation. He was a genuine, reliable & humble man & will be missed tremendously!

  7. Cheryl Slind

    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Frank. Thinking of you and sending prayers.

  8. Mark Noll

    So sorry to hear this news. I want to send my Condolences and prayers to the Family.

  9. Bill Eckerstorfer

    Sympathies to the Keeler family. Tremendous lose for the students of LUHS and all of the Lakeland communities. Frank put the utmost time and effort into developing knowledge based learners.

  10. Steve and JoAnn, Trever,Brent

    Sending Prayers and hugs your way

  11. Cheryl Hovde

    So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Our sympathy and prayers for your family.

  12. Mary Lansing

    So sorry to hear of your son's passing. Your family is in our prayers. May God grant you peace.

  13. Lori Siegler

    I had the privilege of working with Frank for many years. I was in his classroom supporting students with special needs. I loved the way he taught students to think and to use their voices. He was an amazing teacher he will never be forgotten.

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