Victor R. W. Keigley, 93, began his exciting journey to heaven on June 20th, 2018. In the last weeks he was surrounded by his loving wife, Connie (married 67 years), and family that adored him at Primrose Retirement Community. Victor was born on November 6, 1924 the second of four children of R. W. and Mildred Keigley.
Victor is preceded in death by his father, R. W., mother Mildred, older brother Lester and sister Betty and survived by his younger brother Ronnie and cousin Bill Hassinger. He leaves behind his wife Connie,
Son Kevin with wife Tami, their 3 children Lisa (husband Michael Pecina their 4 children Jasmin, River, J.D. and Sayla), Kristen (husband Kevin O’Connor their 3 children Maylen, Emery and Jovie) and son Nicholas (wife Crystal their 2 children Nate and Isabella),
Son Kurt with wife Linda, their 3 children Tyson (wife Kim their 3 children Kaitlin, Madylin, and Carson), Tara (husband Mike Copeland their 2 children Brecken and Bridger), Tory (husband Lance Parrish their 2 children Brooklyn and Lincoln),
Daughter Kim with special ties to the Kois and Schmidtendorff families,
Son Kregg with wife Lisa, their 7 children Kannon (and fiancé Tiffany), Kymra (husband Andrew Priebe 2 children Quinn and Trace), Kary (deceased), Kal, Kade, Kyra, Kenna.
Victor grew up in the depression on an 80-acre family farm on Keigley Road in Eau Claire, MI. They had horses for field work, raised cows, steer and chickens and a large garden for fresh veggies where he learned strong work ethics and life values. He attended Eau Claire public school and after graduation joined World War II at the age of 18. He honorably served his country as a medic in the Army in England, France and Germany. When the war ended, Victor enrolled at Michigan State College and received a degree in Agriculture but excelled at Ballroom dancing. He used those dancing skills to meet the love of his life, Connie Brown, at the Ramona Dance Hall located at Sister Lakes, MI. He swept her off her feet and they were soon married on Oct. 14th, 1950.
Victor loved his family and had a passion for life. He followed his dream by starting Red Hen Turf Farms, beginning in Berrien Springs and later moved to New Carlisle, with his partners Ronnie Keigley (brother) and Harold Hetler. After many years of successful business, they sold the farm and Vic retired at 57 only to pursue another life passion of fishing on Lake Michigan. Many friends and family enjoyed catching “The Big Ones” while on his boat called the “The Red Eye”. Vic and Connie spent 20-plus winters in Arizona. He mostly enjoyed time with his family whether it was his yearly family snow-skiing vacations or water skiing every summer on Lake Chapin. Everyone skied together, creating lasting memories of great times enjoyed by all.
Another passion Victor shared with his wife Connie was playing bridge. They would play duplicate bridge for hours-on-end and created many new friendships that lasted a lifetime. Victor and Connie both achieved a “Silver Life Master” level in bridge. He could hold his own in cards and life, right up to the end of his life. A special recognition goes out to his loving daughter, Kim, who took time to make her Mom and Dad’s life more comfortable and fun.
Vic and Connie were always inseparable. They did everything together and attended as many family events as they possibly could. They truly made everyone feel special, whether you were a family member, a friend or someone God put in their life. Their marriage was a shining example of how God loves us.
Victor was a great inspiration to his sons and grandchildren. All his sons and grandsons are involved in their own businesses. It was very common to have family gatherings that included a business meeting or two. His enthusiasm for life will never be forgotten. He extended grace on many occasions and his laughter would fill the room. Above all, his love of God and following Christ, guided him through life and prepared him for “Supper Time” where God calls him to the biggest feast of all, in Heaven, where family and friends will join him at a seat at the table with Christ himself.
Visitation for Victor will be Saturday June 30th from 5pm to 7pm at Kaniewski Funeral Homes, Inc. located at 3545 N. Bendix Dr., South Bend, IN. Funeral Services will be at 3pm Sunday, July 1st at the funeral home; friends may call one hour prior to service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations to the First Brethren Church or Heartland Hospice Care would be appreciated.