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Warren Joseph Keck and Eugenia Sophie (Krkosska) Keck, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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Warren Joseph Keck, 90, and Eugenia Sophie (Krkosska) Keck, 88, residents of Eureka Springs, died side-by-side as a result of a traffic accident in Busch, Arkansas, on March 17. The couple had been married for 67 years, nine months and five days.

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Warren was born June 3, 1920 in Golden City, Mo., a son of Benjamin Ernest and Ruth Maud (Arrison) Keck. Eugenia was born June 10, 1922 in Ellinwood, Kan.

The couple, married June 12, 1943, were devout Roman Catholics.

Warren proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater, and was honorably discharged in April 1946 as a Captain.

He started working at W.O. Perkins & Son Lumber Co. in 1961, and when Clyde Perkins died, Warren became owner/manager of Perkins. He retired in 1982.

Warren was an avid hunter and fisherman, a gardener extraordinaire, devoted husband, father and grandfather. His word was his bond, and if you knew him you know this to be true. Many people in town relied on Warren to give them a leg-up with building supplies when they were short of materials and short of money. He treated people as he expected to be treated. A few words to describe him are honest, loyal, trustworthy and loving.

Eugenia raised a family of seven children grounded in their faith. She was devoted, creative, thrifty, and an extremely gifted seamstress who could make folk festival gowns out of remnants. She encouraged the study and love of music in her home, and made the world's best raspberry jelly, which will be missed greatly by family and friends. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. A few words to describe her are vivacious, elegant, humorous, courageous and very diplomatic.

The Kecks are survived by one son, Alan Keck and his wife, Janet, of Atlanta, Ga.; six daughters, Mary and her husband, David Abell of Harare, Zimbabwe; Jeannie and her husband, Richard Lee of Fayetteville, Ark.; Barbara and her husband, Chris McClung of Eureka Springs; Patricia and husband, Michael Dixon of Lake Ridge, Va.; Sharon Parker of Eureka Springs; and Donna and Bob Titterington of Ocala, Fla.

Warren is survived by two sisters, Mildred Keck Harter and Betty Keck Kester of Forsythe, Mo., and a brother, Kenneth Keck and his wife, Elizabeth, of Ashton, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Ernest and Ruth Maud Keck; three brothers, Vernon, Ben and Don; and one sister, Jane.

Eugenia was preceded in death by her parents, Frank J. and Nora V. Krkosska; five brothers, Ira, Jim, George, Larry and Tony; two sisters, Eleanor and Thelma.

Warren and Eugenia also were preceded in death by one son, Don Eugene Keck.

The Kecks are survived by twenty grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 -- 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, followed by a Rosary at St. Elizabeth Parish Center on Passion Play Road in Eureka Springs. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 25, at St. Elizabeth Parish Center with Fr. Shaun Wesley officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Eureka Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc.

Memorial donations may be made to the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, 95 South Main Street, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.