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Rodney Lee "Rod" Keele

September 2, 1946 ~ April 30, 2019 (age 72)


HAMILTON – Rodney Lee “Rod” Keele, 72, of Hamilton passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 due to injuries sustained in an ATV accident.  He was born September 2, 1946 in Salmon, ID the son of LeRoy D. and Linnie May (Harlow) Keele.

Rod attended schools in Colorado and New Mexico before graduating from Anaconda High School in 1966.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1970, serving 2 tours in Vietnam.  Rod began working as an apprentice for the Anaconda Company and eventually earning his boilermaker license. 

Rod married Shirley Jones in Victor on October 10, 1975 after a 7 week whirlwind romance.  Together they owned The Welding Shop for many years before retirement.

Rod was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans Association.  Fishing was a life long enjoyment along with hunting and traveling. 

Rod was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Larry; and his sisters, Reva and Rosie.  He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Shirley; his sons, Shawn of Hamilton, Richard of Allen, TX, Jason of Inman, SC and Adam of Bozeman; his daughters, Penny of Garden City, KS and Stacy of Missoula; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

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