This fund is being set up in memory of Jeff Keil, loving husband, devoted father, and fantastic Systems Engineer (a true computer geek). Jeff had a huge heart of gold. He was loved by family, friends, and co-workers alike. He will be sorely missed by all who enjoyed his wonderful witt and kid-like, fun-loving personality.
As he was a wonderful brother-in-law and son-in-law, the Pusch Family is setting up this fund to help Jeff's family. Julie, his widow, and two of their three sons, Jeffrey, Jr. and Timmy, relied heavily on Jeff as the sole supporter of the family. Jeff wore that responsibility very well and would not have had it any other way. We would like to help the family with funeral expenses and are asking that memorials be provided through this site in lieu of sending flowers.
Jeff passed away in Lakeland Regional Medical Center after having been admitted through the ER late Saturday evening, December 8th, complaining of throat pain. Jeff rarely complained nor would he ever admit having had a long, hard day at work. Throughout the night, not much of a diagnosis was provided other than he had fluid in the lining of his heart. He was given a nitro drip and his pain eased. He rested better and additional cardio tests were performed on Sunday. Julie stayed by his side and turned on the Buccaneers football game as Jeff and Julie were fans. Jeff watched the Bucs lose in the last two seconds. He joked around with his son, Tommy, about how the medical personnel would be sticking his heart with a needle to drain the fluid and he made reference to a specific movie "The Rock" when Nicolas Cage had to give himself an antidote jab to the heart. This was Jeff: always the movie buff, quick with witt, and joking : no matter what. Shortly after, Jeff began laboring with his breathing and his heart beat dropped very low and was unable to be resuscitated and died around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, December 9th. He was in the hospital less than 24 hours and was gone in the blink of an eye.
This is truly an unexpected tragedy. Jeff was only 51 years old. He would have turned 52 on December 28, 2012.
The memorial service for Jeff will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29th, at Gentry Morrison Funeral Home located at 1727 Highway 98 South (Bartow Road), Lakeland, Florida. We will be celebrating his life and all are welcome to attend.
- Chris Nowell
- Judy Huffman
- Carmen Chapman