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Ronald E. Keesling

October 27, 1937 — November 9, 2018

Ronald Eugene Keesling, 81, of Gentry, Arkansas, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Washington Regional Medical Center.

Ronald was born on October 27, 1937 in Sheridan, Indiana, a son of Kenneth Gray Keesling and Edith Fern Whicker Keesling.  He married Carol Jean Hopper on June 20, 1980. Ronald worked as a Sales Manager in the Welding and Gas Industry before his retirement. He was a member of the Gentry Church of Christ, where he enjoyed singing and occasionally leading the song worship on Wednesday nights. He was an avid reader; enjoyed woodworking loved cooking and was a member of the coffee group at the Siloam Springs McDonald’s every morning. Above all Ronald was a man devoted to God, his family and his country and served with honor in the United States Marine Corps.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Keesling of the home; four daughters, Lori Engel of Irving, TX, Shari Gail Benson of Bakersfield, CA ,Kendi Guy of Bakersfield, CA and Karen “Suzie” Kley of Decatur, AR; a son, Kevin Doud of Bella Vista, AR; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Eugene Keesling, Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Fayetteville National Cemetery on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 1:00pm.

Arrangements are under the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs. To sign online guestbook please go to


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Friday, November 23, 2018

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