Clyde Lehman Keating (May 13, 1927-April 19, 2013) passed away in his sleep Friday evening taking with him love, laughter and his ever-present boyish charm. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him including his wife, Betty of Heflin; daughter, Kathleen Keating of San Juan Island, Washington; daughter, Susan Keating Stinton and her husband, Fred Stinton of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and son, William Keating of Keithville. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Clyde knew the value of a smile and always aimed to make people laugh with his jokes and puns. He also enjoyed emailing friends and keeping up-to-date on the latest technology, including plinking around on his new iPhone. He was a friend to all animals, welcoming strays, feeding ducks and at one point feeding a giant catfish in his pond named Hoover. He also enjoyed feeding squirrels straight from his hand or mouth if the squirrel was brave enough.
He loved flying model airplanes, some with wingspans of up to 9 feet, and never missed an opportunity to show off quirky items purchased through mail-order catalogs. For those who have driven by his home and have been spotlighted by a tiny alligator reclining in the front yard, you'll know what I mean.
He was a man of God, never missing a Sunday service and keeping loved ones in his prayers. For the past several years, he has been a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church in Minden, where he befriended anyone who crossed his path. He enjoyed singing in the choir.
During his life, Clyde wore many hats. From a 2nd Lieutenant Navy Pilot in WWII, serving on the Kwajalein to his post-war position at AMF Beaird he took great pride in his work. Even when he retired, he maintained his farm and planted a bevy of vegetable gardens including a tomato and potato garden planted just this spring. Even in his early 80s, he didn't miss the opportunity to climb the roof to clean out the gutters, laughing at those who worried.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Bistineau Baptist Cemetery on Franklin Rd. in Heflin.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to church of donor's choice.