Edward Franklin Keeler – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report

Edward Franklin Keeler, 73, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and systems analyst, died of a respiratory ailment August 22, 1998 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. He had Parkinson's disease.

Colonel Keeler retired from the combat development command at Fort Belvoir in 1970 and continued there for 19 years as a systems analyst in the Mobile Equipment Research and Development Center.

He was a native of Ford Cliff, Pennsylvania, and a 1968 graduate of the University of Maryland. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II and entered the Army after the war. He served as a tank commander in Korea during the Korean War and was assigned to logistics work in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

His honors included a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Metal and six Air Medals.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Eileen Keeler of Alexandria; three sons, Craig Keeler of Herndon, Gary Keeler of Falls Church and Brian Keeler of Mechanicsville; a brother; and seven grandchildren.


Died on Saturday, August 22, 1998, at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Beloved husband of Eileen B. Keeler; loving father of Craig A., Gary L. and Brian E. Keeler; brother of Kenneth K. Keeler and the late William E. Keeler.

Also survived by seven grandchildren.

Services will be held on Monday, August 31 at 9 a.m. at Fort Myer (Old Post) Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 1000, Falls Church, Virginia 22042

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