Mildred E. Keck

Mildred E. Keck, nee Dunn, 88, of Belleville, IL, born Sunday, January 29, 1922, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, January 7, 2011 at Memorial Care Center in Belleville, surrounded by her family.

She was a telephone operator at Southwestern Bell and a homemaker and a member of the North Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Belleville. This country girl married the city boy who was the love of her life, John G. Keck, September 6, 1941. They were married 51 years and saw their family grow together. They had ten children, 28 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren. She loved children and being with her family, yard work and helping others.

Mildred was preceded in death by her:

  • Husband: John G. Keck;
  • Grandson: Keith Keck;
  • Son: Kenneth Keck;
  • Mother: Orene Dunn, nee Travis;
  • Father: James Dunn;
  • Step-mother: Marie Dunn, nee Johnson.

Surviving are her:

  • Children
    • Mary Orene (Donald) File
    • John (Deborah) Keck
    • James (Margaret) Keck
    • Wayne (Sally) Keck
    • Allen (Pam) Keck
    • Kathleen (Bill) Little
    • Edward (Lynne) Keck
    • Mark (Linda) Keck
    • Carol (Mark) Emmerich
  • Daughter-in-law: Vicki Keck
  • Grandchildren
    • Donald (Cathy Ann) File, Jr.
    • Sarah (Gary) Shinn
    • John David Keck
    • Lori Carey
    • Nicole Phillips
    • Jeanette (Bryan) Wildermuth
    • Jennifer (Jason) Patterson
    • Kristina (Andy) Cooksey
    • Jeremy Keck
    • Amanda Keck
    • Bethany Keck
    • Matthew Keck
    • Ryan (Jacqueline) Keck
    • Isaac (Sherry) Nichols
    • Edward Keck, Jr.
    • Eric (Valerie) Keck
    • Caleb (Valerie) Keck
    • James and Angel Keck
    • Kaleigh, Katelyn and Bailey Keck
    • Christopher (Katie) Keck
    • Kelly Keck, Clayton, Jenni and Weston Emmerich
  • Great-grandchildren
    • Melissa (Andrew) Wood
    • Michael File
    • Timothy File
    • Emily Shinn
    • Sebastian and Madelein Keck
    • Anna Carey
    • Zachary, Kyle and Hilary Phillips
    • Elaina, Alyssa and Kaiden Cooksey
    • Thomas and Alexander Stogner
    • Parker Schmit, Brayden Muckensturm
    • Alec Keck and Lucas Keck
  • Great great-grandchildren
    • Alan Williams
    • Alexanna Wood
  • Sister: Ruth McCoy
  • Sisters-in-law
    • Doris Keck
    • Caroline Silch
  • Many nieces, cousins and friends

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jehovah's Witnesses or Community Relation, Ann Thomure for all the caregivers at Memorial Care Center or to the family.

Visitation: Friends may call from 3-8 pm., Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL and 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Kingdom of Jehovah's Witnesses in Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with Brother Dale Peter officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Condolences left for Mildred E. Keck:

    I am so sorry for your loss, we wish we could bring Mom but due to her stokes we decided not to bring her due to the long trip being very hard for her. You know your Aunt Ruthie would love to be there for you all. Our thoughts and prayer will be with all of you during you grief. We love you all Gary & Jackie McCoy Manuel

    Jackie McCoy Manuel Chickasha Oklahoma 73018

    Karen and I are so sorry for your loss. We fondly remember your Mom; she was a truely kind and caring person. We also remember your Dad and all of you Keck children. We knew Allan, Kenny, Mark and Carol better than the rest of the children. It has been 33 years since we moved from South 34th Street, but we still remember often what great neighbors you all were.
    Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Bob and Karen Fries

    Robert A. Fries Belleville IL 62223

    Deepesst sympathy to all the Keck family with the loss of their mother. As a child, I remember all the good times we had for the holidays with everyone. Although I haven't seen many of you for a long time, these are such great memories to have of all of you. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

    Love to all,

    Carolyn and George

    Carolyn and George Beatty Glencoe Missouri 63038