Obituary: Vincent S. Keele
January 24, 2012
A funeral service for former Minden resident Vincent S. Keele, age 91, is Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, McCarran at Rock Boulevard, in Sparks.
Vincent was born in Panaca, Lincoln County, Nevada, in the home of his maternal grandparents on January 14, 1921. He lived there until the family moved to Sparks in 1926. Vincent served in the Navy during World War II. In 1985-86, he and his wife Teddyanna served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his current wife Alice recently lived a few years in Minden to be near his son George and family.
Vincent attended schools in Sparks, graduating from Sparks High School in 1939. He graduated from the University of Nevada in 1944. During the time he was in the Navy, he married Teddyanna Alwyn Pease, to whom he was married for 51 years before she passed away in 1994. Three children were born to them: Valerie Nan in 1945 and George Marion in 1948. Linda Menzel Cook became a part of the family in 1963.
Vincent was the first guidance counselor at Sparks High School. He later became a school psychologist for Washoe County School District. He spent the last six years of his career as the principal of Kate M. Smith Elementary School. This is the same school where Teddyanna, Valerie and George began their schooling.
Vincent’s membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided him with many opportunities for service. He served as Bishop, scout master, as a member of a stake presidency, a missionary, a sealer in the Reno Temple and in many other capacities.
When Teddyanna died in 1994, Vincent married Alice Hoyt Holt, who has remained his devoted companion ever since. Vincent passed away on January 19, 2012, in Valerie’s home five days after his 91st birthday.
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Vincent is survived by his wife, Alice Holt-Keele; daughters, Valerie Keele Kortenber (Robert) and Linda Menzel Cook (Jim); son George Keele (Judy); seven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
A viewing will be at Walton’s Sparks Funeral Home, 1745 Sullivan Lane, Sparks Nevada on Friday, January 27, 2012 from 6:15 to 8:15 P.M. Interment will be at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org to help all people of this world, or to the Perpetual Education Fund, pef.ldschurch.org.