Robert F Keil
04/18/1937 - 05/09/2022
La Crosse, WI
Bob Keil La Crosse, Wisconsin / Mesa, Arizona

Bob Keil, age 85 was granted his angel wings May 9, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona. Bob was born April 18, 1937 in La Crosse to Urban and Laura Keil. He graduated from Central High School in 1955. He then joined the Army Reserves for six years. After his military service he returned to help his dad on the family dairy farm where Bob continued to farm his entire life. As a lifetime resident of the town of Medary, he knew everyone in town. He was known for riding on his antique tractors and lifting his arms up high, his way of saying hi. This was followed by his boyish smile that everyone loved. It was later in life that Bob decided to get more active in the community. He was elected on the La Crosse County Board from 2006 to 2016 where he served on the La Crosse County Zoning Department, Department of Aging and Disability, La Crosse County Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee and the La Crosse County Fair Board. While on the County Board he shook hands with every person in his district, as everyone needed to know who their district representative was. At this same time, he was elected on the Town of Medary Board as a Supervisor. Bob and his wife Ruth established the Medary Family Fun Day, a community fundraiser which raised money to build a picnic shelter, a handicap chairlift for the town hall and the shelters playground equipment. This will benefit the Town of Medary for many years to come. This celebration continues today.
After retirement, Bob’s second home was in Mesa, Arizona. He loved Arizona, especially the warmth of the sun in the winter months and springtime in the desert with all the flowering cactus. It was since 2007 that Bob enjoyed traveling with his wife to much of the U.S. going on Cruises and trips, enjoying the beauty the Lord has given him. One of his many loved places was fishing with wonderful friends in Ontario, Canada for walleye. He also loved his garden.
Bob is survived by his wife Ruth. Daughter Karen of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Son Todd Zielke (Lori) of Castle Rock, Colorado. Grandchildren Isaac, Max and Dayna, along with numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers David and Franklin (Bud) Keil, sisters Carol Brown and Virginia (Alfred) Werner, sister-in-Law Lorraine Keil and his former wife Janice.
A note from Bob: According to my wishes, I have chosen direct cremation. My previous experience with funerals in the past brought memories of tears and sadness. I do not want this. Instead, a celebration of my life will be at a later date. Thank you for being a part of my life, be kind to each other, think of the good memories. and may God bless!


"Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Bob as a friend was blessed.He was a kind joyful and dear sweet man.He will be missed and his joyful laugh .God has an Angel.Fly high my friend. RIP Condolences to Ruth and all of Bob's Family."

Danny and Beverly Kosloski

"What a beautifully rich and full life. A lot to be proud of here???? So very sorry for your families loss, especially yours Karen. Much love sent your way."

Ann Manthey

"Informative and well written. Bob will be missed, our condolences."

John and Julie Wilson

"We only knew Bob for a very short time, but left a mark on our hearts. Cheers to you Bob!"

Sylvia and Terry E34

"He was a good friend to Dieter. Hope Bob and Dieter are having a happy hour together. We had many good times. I will miss him too. "

Chris Lindner

"It sounds like Bob was a wonderful man, and I am so saddened that I did not get to meet him but his memories will live on through Ruth and all his friends here in Mesa, Arizona"

Karen Nareau

"My condolences to my Aunt Ruth and all the families,My Uncle Bob was a great man.I will always remember the great smile and his kindness to others, Fly high Bob, you will surely be missed!????"

Sheila and Roger Malmin

"May God Bless you Mr. Keil - You will be missed! It was a pleasure to work with you when you were president of our Association Board at Glenhaven Estates in Mesa, AZ. Rest in peace sir."

Joyce Backsrom

"This comes with much sadness. A wonderful person he was. It was a privilege to know him. Ruth too."

Rick Ross

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