Jack Keeler, 78, of Smyrna passed away at his home on Saturday, August 22, 2009, surrounded by his family. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 27, at 1 p.m. in the Townsend Cemetery, Caldwell Corner Road, west of Townsend.


Jack Keeler, 78, of Smyrna passed away at his home on Saturday, August 22, 2009, surrounded by his family.

Jack was an Ironworker and had owned and operated several businesses such as Masterkey Builders, The Rainbow Inn, and the Boondocks Restaurant. He was also a horse trainer and owned and trained numerous race horses. He was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion Post #14. He was also a member of the United States Trotting Association.

In his spare time Jack loved to hunt and fish, and he took great pride in growing tomatoes. He was an avid fan of NASCAR and Jeff Gordon. He passed his love and passion of training standard bred race horses to all three of his daughters and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his loyal chocolate lab "Hershey", who was with him to the end.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mildred Keeler, an infant son, and three brothers, Vic, George, and Jimmy Keeler.

Jack is survived by his former wife and friend, Patricia Keeler of Smyrna; three daughters, Ginger Keeler and her husband Ron Hill of Smyrna, Tina Clark and her husband Bobby of Milford, and Velvet Grace and her companion Jon Ryan of Smyrna, 6 grandchildren, Brit Evans of Smyrna, Brooks Noll of Dover, Brady Noll of Smyrna, Kelsey Grace of Smyrna, Michelle Grace of Kenton, Ashley Hoisington of Hartly, and Eric Ryan of Smyrna; 3 great-grandchildren, Bradley and Max Evans, and Tre Hoisington; 2 brothers, Robert and Patrick Keeler, and 1 sister, Kay Wiesner.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 27, at 1 p.m., in the Townsend Cemetery, Caldwell Corner Road, west of Townsend.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Horse Lovers United, Inc. PO Box 2744, Salisbury, MD, 21802.

Arrangements by Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, Middletown.

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