Donelda Keck


OAKWOOD -- Donelda C. Keck, 91, formerly of Oakwood, died at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at The Meadows of Leipsic where she was a resident. Donelda lived at the Country Inn, Paulding, before moving to the Meadows.

She was born September 4, 1921, in Melrose, to Orrin and Rosa (Fisher) Workman. Her father died when she was only 6 years old and her mother died when she was 17. On March 14, 1942, she married Durward C. Keck, who died March 19, 2004.

She is survived by two sons, Dannie (Darlin) Keck of Marion, Iowa, and Gary (Marty) Keck of Leipsic; five grandchildren, Dawn (James) Gilman of Jacksonville, Fla., Dean (Heather) Keck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kori (Jerry) Daniels of Cincinnati, Scot (Angie) Keck of Deshler and Kent (Stephanie) Keck of Fremont; 10 great-grandchildren, Suzanne, Keigon, Avarie and Harper Keck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Horatio and Sophia Gilman of Jacksonville, Fla., Raelynn and Hunter Keck of Deshler, and Spencer and Cayden Keck of Fremont.

Donelda was preceded in death by seven brothers, Arthur, Gerald, Bernard, Harold, Lionel, Leon and Raymond Workman; and six sisters, Navarro Fagan, Hellen Workman, Colneda Varner, Bernice Ross, Eunice Deatrick, and Ondelea Keezer. Donelda was the last survivor of Orrin and Rosa's 14 children.

Donelda was a 1939 graduate of Oakwood High School. She was a homemaker and later an employee at Sylvania GTE of Ottawa. She and her husband farmed in Leipsic from 1946-81. At retirement, they moved back to Durward's 100+ year old farm near Melrose. Donelda was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church and was active in the Leipsic United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her family and loved flowers and gardening. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, and Friday, April 5, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood, with Rev. Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.

Memorials may be made to Melrose United Methodist Church or Leipsic United Methodist Church. Condolences can be expressed at

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