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Born: Sat., Feb. 15, 1947
Died: Fri., May 31, 2013


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., Jun. 04, 2013
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11:00 AM Tue., Jun. 04, 2013
Location: DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home

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Paul David "Dave" McKeever, age 66, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 9:55 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. Born on February 15, 1947 in Marion, IN, he was the son of Clarence Paul and Lorenna Pearl (Hudson) McKeever.

He graduated from Marion High School with the Class of 1965. After graduation, he proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He later married his wife, Ruth Elizabeth Gargus on January 2, 1981 and in 1986 moved to South Whitley. He was Chief of Police in South Whitley, retiring in 2004. He loved spending time with his family, being outside with his dogs and enjoyed listening to country music.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Ruthie McKeever of Columbia City; sons, Gabe (Krista) McKeever, Doug Haigwood and Chris Haigwood all of Columbia City, Mark McKeever of NC, Shannon McKeever of RI; grandchildren, Tiler, Eli, Sydney, Gwen and Wade Haigwood, Anika, Tiergan, Victoria and Shannon McKeever; sister, BJ Schroeder; brothers, Jim and Bill McKeever. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, IN with a funeral service to follow.  Burial will be at Marion National Cemetery.  Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. McKeever towards his final expenses in care of the funeral home.

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Randy Grimes
   Posted Fri May 31, 2013
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.

Randy Grimes and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home

Laura (Metzger) Jones
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
My Deepest sympathy. Dave was a great guy . He is one of my fondest memories of growing up in South Whitley .

Robin Spear
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
Although it has been many years since I lived in Whitley Co. I will never forget how friendly and caring Dave was. My condolences to the family. You are in my prayers.

Jennifer Jackson
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
Dave was loved by so many in south Whitley. He was a sweet man I remember when I worked at the gas station he would always come out to chat with me.. Rest in peace my friend will miss you but always be close in our hearts!

Andi Marschand
   Posted Sat June 01, 2013
Love and miss Papa Dave. A great man, so good to so many. Such a strong man with such a soft heart. Will love and miss and cherish the memories. So thankful you are no longer in pain here on Earth.

Brian Anspach
   Posted Sun June 02, 2013
I met Dave when he joined the South Whitley Police Dept., and glad that I was able to make his acutance and call him a friend. He was always pleasant to speak with. You have my condolence, Sgt. Brian Anspach CCPD

Troy Schmidt
   Posted Sun June 02, 2013
I met Dave about 3 years ago , he would walk by in the morning with his little dogs and I got to be his friend. Last fall Dave and I went to the shooting range to burn some powder on a nice sunny day. And you know, as sick as Dave was he could still hold a group with his old service revolver. It made me so happy to see him enjoy his sehlf that day. The day before he passed I went to his home and I helped him in his wheelchair and me and him went for a walk all over the down town area. When we got back to his home my hands were numb from pushing his chair. We talked about many things on that walk I will never forget Dave. He was my friend to the end. REST IN PEACE MY FREIND. I will truly miss you and I will be their for your family when ever they are in need.... Your friend TROY!!

   Posted Sun June 02, 2013
There are no words that I can say to the family that can express the loss you feel. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss and grief. The journey of each family member is different based on your unique experiences of Dave. My journey with Dave was short, but everlasting. Dave was strong, courageous, positive with a will to fight. He never expressed negatively to his illness always the good and positive and his accomplishments he was achieving. He gave it his all and never looked back. The only thing I can say that might be of some comfort is God knew he was tired with the fight and needed him to be at rest. No more pain and suffering. Dave is still with you in your hearts and is looking down from heaven. I have always prayed for Dave since he started sharing his journey with me. I will continue to pray for all of your family. God Bless.

Russell Snapp
   Posted Sun June 02, 2013
I am sorry to hear of Dave's passing and pray that God will comfort your hearts and bring you peace at this difficult time.

Launda Ewell
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
Very sorry to ehar of Dave's passing. Always enjoyed talking to him when I would see him at Walmart. prayers are with yor family.

Chris Weigold Schilling
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
So sorry to see that Dave passed away. He was always friendly and helpful. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Kathy Gray
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
My prayers and sympathy to the family. I only worked with Dave for a short time but always enjoyed talking to him. He was a great guy and will be greatly missed.

Randi Freel
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
Hugs and prayers for Ruthie and family. Dave was truly a kind and loving soul who will be missed by so many. Will always be thankful for the peace of mind it gave me to know that I left my daughter with such wonderful, caring people everyday. We were blessed to have Papa Dave in our lives. Take Care, Ty, Randi, and especially Avaree Freel

heidi fancil
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of "dave" mckeever. He was a great officer and friend and was well loved may he rest in peace.

Jamie Federspiel Sheehan
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
Dave was one of the good guys. I grew up in South Whitley when he served as a police officer there. I was one of the many kids he pointed in the right direction when he felt we needed it. I loved Dave. We all did. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten.

Donnetta Dingus
   Posted Thu June 06, 2013
My thoughts are with your family. Saddened by his passing.

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