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In Memory of

Ricky Lynn Keeling

January 25, 1949 - August 1, 2017

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Ricky Lynn Keeling (68)

Rick passed away at his home in Florence, AZ on August 1, 2017. Rick was born on January 25, 1949 to Leonard and Lucille Keeling in Spokane, WA. He grew up in Spokane, spending much of his youth at his Gramps and Grannie's farm in Addy, WA. He graduated from North Central High School in 1967 and enlisted in the United States Army shortly after. Rick served a tour in Vietnam as a Radio Operator and spent his time in the Army as a Cryptographer. He was Honorably Discharged after...

Ricky Lynn Keeling (68)

Rick passed away at his home in Florence, AZ on August 1, 2017. Rick was born on January 25, 1949 to Leonard and Lucille Keeling in Spokane, WA. He grew up in Spokane, spending much of his youth at his Gramps and Grannie's farm in Addy, WA. He graduated from North Central High School in 1967 and enlisted in the United States Army shortly after. Rick served a tour in Vietnam as a Radio Operator and spent his time in the Army as a Cryptographer. He was Honorably Discharged after his enlistment. Rick then went on to Eastern Washington State College where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.

Rick joined the Spokane Valley Fire Department in 1974 as an EMT and was part of the first Paramedic Team in the Valley. He loved the challenge, the job, and the brotherhood of the fire department over his 28 year career with SVFD. He retired in 2002 as a Battalion Chief.

Rick and the love of his life, Elaine spent their retirement enjoying their flower gardens, cooking, quilting and watching the Seattle Seahawks.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Leonard and nephew, Jeremy Garinger.

He is survived by his wife Elaine Keeling; children, Eric Keeling, Kimberly Pardue, Kristina (Jason) Hester; and step-children, Happy (Mike) Newton; and Kyle (Nedra) Drexel; mother, Lucille Keeling; brother, Gail (Roberta) Keeling; and sister, Kerrie Garinger, 7 grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Lester.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14 at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Road. A reception will immediately follow.