Passing of a Master - Cliff Keeslar


A MEMORIAL SERVICE for CLIFF KEESLAR will be held from 1:00 to 2:00pm this Saturday (January 25) at RSE (14507 Yelm Hwy SE, Yelm, WA). Gates will open –- on 93rd Avenue SE –- at 12-noon.

Clifford Ray Keeslar, 76 – also ...affectionately known as CR, CRK, Double “D”, Clip, Lunch Box, and Jack –- passed away in Yelm on Sunday, January 5, 2014. He was born on June 2, 1937, in Elkhart, Indiana. He was the son of Don and Roxa (VanDorsten) Keeslar.

Cliff was an only child who went on to have nine (9) children who he loved to the fullest. He was renowned in Yelm (and beyond) as a most compassionate, loving, caring person. He was a deeply spiritual, honorable, and profoundly humble man. He loved his pipes, knives, fine cigars, red wine, and occasional coconut vodka. And he had a wit and sense of humor that always guaranteed big belly laughs.

Cliff was an amazing, talented Artist and Designer with an impeccable eye for detail –- as he had in all areas of his life. He was Art Director for Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, MI, for 21 years. After that he set up CRK Design, creating exquisite 3-D fine art paper and bronze sculptures. He was also known for his architectural renderings, conceiving many structural and landscape transformations –- all of them one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

Survived are his adoring wife of 53 years, Sylvia (Goethals) Keeslar –- whom he called “Syl” -- and his nine children (and their spouses): Paul (Robin), John (Pamela), Joe, Shawn (Sue), Katy (Ellis), Kevin, Chris (Cristina), Tom (Marianna), and Steve Keeslar; and 15 grandchildren.

The Keeslar family also wish to extend heartfelt thanks to JZ and those on her staff who are kindly donating their time to make this special event possible. Much love and appreciation to all at RSE.

COME WITH YOUR HEARTS FULL, and let us honor one of the most beautiful men who has touched so many lives... and, of course, his always-kind and thoughtful family.



+2 #1 Suzy Star 2014-01-25 10:24
I remember when the Keeslar family arrived in Yelm with all their children. What a great God he was and what a wonderful example of what a loving family should be like. He will be missed greatly and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to his dear wife and children for their recent loss. And to Cliff may you soar with the angels in your new adventure!!! Love, Suzy Star

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