David “Allen” Keeling
David “Allen” Keeling, age 77, of Purdy, Missouri, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 at his home surrounded by loving family.
He was born April 11, 1942 in Purdy, Missouri, the son of Oliver and Madge (Dinkins) Keeling. On November 26, 1960 he was united in marriage to Leona Hutton, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, David Keeling of Monett, Missouri, Kevin Keeling and his wife Melanie of Monett, Missouri and Chris Keeling and his wife Kerry of Purdy, Missouri; two daughters, Brenda McNeil and her husband Dwayne of Verona, Missouri and Kim Hammen and her husband Chris of Purdy, Missouri; one brother, Dennis Keeling and his wife Sandy of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Eileen Keeling of Kankakee, Illinois; one brother-in-law, James Hutton and his wife Jennifer of Choctaw, Oklahoma; twenty-three grandchildren, Dak Keeling, Olivia Whetstone, Callie McNeil, Brooke Keeling, Caleb Keeling, Joel Keeling, Elijah Keeling, Taylor Keeling, Methu Keeling, Neika Keeling, Clay Hammen, Colby Hammen, Cale Hammen and his wife Breanna, Cade Hammen, Chad Hammen, Chet Hammen, Katy Hammen, Kloe Hammen, Kori Hammen, Colt Keeling, Lexi Keeling, Cash Keeling and Carter Keeling; two great grandchildren, Ezra Whetstone and Henry Keeling; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, John and a grandson Hunter.
Allen grew up and attended school in Purdy where he graduated from high school. All his life was spent in Barry County. At a young age he starting milking, farming and working dairy cattle, which he continued throughout his life. For several years he was a member of the Purdy School Board. Some of the things he loved the most was his family, quail hunting and watching ball games. He was a member of Longview Methodist Protestant Church in Purdy.
Legacy, patriarch, giving, selfless, pillar of the community, never turned anyone in need away and he never met a stranger are just a few things we can say about this man. The laughter, the scolding’s and leadership will be missed forever. Because of one godly marriage (59 years) and two great parents, he had a bigger impact on hundreds of lives than anyone you will ever meet. We just pray we can continue to uphold the name that he left us.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. Reverend Jerry Nickle and Reverend Mark Moller will conduct the services. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Butterfield.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.
Contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus in memory of Allen.