Linus Clark "Jeff" Keal, age 87, a former resident of Fort Scott, Kan., and more recently of Overland Park, Kan., died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Edwardsville, Kan. He was born Nov. 6, 1923, at Fort Scott, the son of Charles Keal and Maude Lockridge Keal. Jeff graduated from the Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Junior College. Jeff had served for three years with the 12th Air Force during World War II and had served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Following his military service, he married Virginia Carol Jackson on Oct. 26, 1946, in Fort Scott. Jeff began a career in sales soon after military service and remained in sales and sales management for the rest of his working life, most of which was in the insurance and securities profession. He began in life insurance sales in 1955 and continued to be licensed up to the time of his death. After his official retirement in December of 1985, Jeff and his wife spent much of their time traveling, spending winters in Arizona and California where they both enjoyed year-round golfing. They also enjoyed several cruises to many different parts of the world.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of the home; three granddaughters, Angela VanAnne, Tonganoxie, Kan., Amy Vaughan, Kansas City, Mo. and Emily States, Kansas City, Kan., and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Sarah K. Jackson, Grandview, Mo., and a brother-in-law, Bob Jackson, Fort Scott, Kan. He was preceded in death by a son, Bryan Kent Keal; two brothers, Charles Keal and James Keal and his parents.
Pastor Tim Davish will conduct a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time on Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the St. Bonaventure Indian School and Mission and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.