Clyde Keels

Clyde Keels Jr.

Monday, March 21, 1927 - Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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Deacon Clyde Keels, Sandusky, on the early hours of Wednesday May 12, 2021, God dispatched angel to earth to escort our father, brother, uncle, friend and confidant, Deacon Clyde Keels, age 94 to his heavenly home.
Deacon Clyde Keels entered this world March 21, 1927 to the union of Clyde and Amelia Keels in Sandusky, Ohio. At an early age, Deacon Keels relocated to Toccoa Georgia where he received his formal education, he further his education by attending George Washington Carver College in Charlotte, North Carolina. While in the Carolinas Deacon Keels taught school, and was employed in the dining hall of Clemson University.
In 1952 Deacon Keels was drafted into the United States Marine Corps serving in the United States and Japan, receiving an honorable in 1954. Following the service to his country Deacon Keels returned home to Sandusky, Ohio where he was always gainfully employed with employers: Brown Industries, Vulcan Material, Markleys, New Departure Hyatt, Chrysler Motors, and Erich’s Meats.
Deacon Keels united with the Second Baptist Church of Sandusky, Ohio where he served faithfully in many capacities such as a choir member, devotional leader for Sunday School and Bible Study and many other areas. Deacon Keels was ordained as a deacon in 1985.
As a community member Deacon Keels shared his time, talent, and treasure in many organizations: Chaplin of the Christian Business Men International (1981-1984) Erie County Branch; March of Dimes Walkathon (Outstanding Performer 1972); Serving Our Seniors Volunteer Meals on Wheels (1990-2019); Ohio Veterans Sandusky Soldiers and Sailor Home (2008-2019); Board of Erie, Huron Richland Counties CAC. Deacon Keels entered the fraternal order of Progress Lodge Masonic #85 in 1972 and Legion Post #83 in 1973
Forever remembering the life, the love, and the legacy of Deacon Clyde Keels are his children James E. Keels of Norwalk, Ohio; Annette (Charles) Wheeler, Sandusky, Alfreda Keels Webb, Central South Carolina; Dwayne (Cindy) Keels, Columbia, SC; Derrill “Dale” Keels, Central South Carolina; three grandchildren, Taurean Keels, Deshawn T. Harper, Ryan J. Keels, an additional 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren
Preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Sr. and Amelia Keels; his wife, Mae Frances Keels; and aunt, Estelle (Ma) Keels.
Friends may call on Saturday, May 22, 2021, from 10 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12 P.M. Noon in Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1215 Pierce St., Sandusky. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will greet friends at their home on 1219 E. Larchmont Dr., Sandusky. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Ebenezer Baptist Church
    1215 Pierce Street
    Sandusky, OH 44870
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 12:00pm
    Ebenezer Baptist Church
    1215 Pierce Street
    Sandusky, OH 44870
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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The Glenn & Fleming Family

Posted at 06:08pm
"Clyde Keels" will remain in our hearts forever.
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Jeff Reser

Posted at 04:56pm
Clyde Keels was a wonderful gentleman. It was my honor to have known him and fit him in his diabetic footwear for many years at the Senior Center and later on at OVH. He was one of my very favorites because he was always gracious , humble and appreciative. And we always talked sports. I enjoyed our visits but I haven't seen him since COVID starting and was sad to read about his passing. My deepest sympathy.
Jeff Reser

Tracey Strong

Posted at 08:22pm
To the family of Mr Keels, I want to send out my sincere condolences on the loss of your father! He was a wonderful man who always went above and beyond to help out in anyway he could at the Veterans Home. I left there back in 07, but always remembered him and his kindness toward others. God Bless you all and may he rest in peace. Sincerely, Tracey Strong

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