Sunday, July 31, 2016

Obituary: Walter F. "Walt" Keck, Sr., 76, Austin

“beloved husband, father and grandfather”
AUSTIN, PA---Walter F. “Walt” Keck, Sr., 76, a lifelong resident of Austin, passed away in his home with his loving family by his side, on Saturday, July 30, 2016, under the care of the VNA of Northwest PA Hospice, after a long illness.
Born on April 2, 1940 in Coudersport, he was a son of Frederick and Madeline Dumahosky Keck.  On July 20, 1964 in Kane, he married Nancy L. Austin, who survives.
He was a graduate of Austin High School, Class of 1958.  Walt proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961.  He was employed by Emporium Specialties Company in Austin from 1961 to 1987.  He was also employed by Keystone Automatic Technology in Emporium from 1987 until his retirement.
Walt was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, where he volunteered many hours in the maintenance of the church.  He was the former sexton of the St. Augustine/St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Costello.  He served on the Austin School Board for many years.  He enjoyed hunting.  One of his favorite pastimes was “walking the mountains of Austin”.  His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 52 years are a daughter, Lori A. (Scott D’Angelo) Keck Dynda of Roulette; a son, Walter F. (Sheela) Keck, Jr. of Coudersport; his beloved grandchildren, Tye and Ryan Dynda and Haley and Hayden Keck; two brothers, Frederick (Ruth) Keck of Bradford and Joseph (Sara) Keck of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.
Walt was predeceased by his parents.
In keeping with Walt’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.  A private graveside service will be held in the St. Augustine/St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Costello, with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty, pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Walt’s name may be made to VNA Northwest PA Hospice, 1223 East Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701 or to St. Augustine Catholic Church, c/o 111 Germania Street, Galeton, PA 16922.
Walt’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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