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.