PINE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Pine Plains’ Gary Keeler, who headed the town’s water department, died Sunday at home. He was 66.
Keeler, a native of Rhinebeck, previously worked at DeLaval, a leading producer of dairy and farming equipment, in Poughkeepsie.
He also worked for IBM until he purchased his own business, CT Glass in Red Hook. After selling CT Glass, he became the village of Rhinebeck’s building inspector and also drove a bus for the Pine Plains Central School District.
Keeler was an active member of the Pine Plains Lions Club. He was the civic organization’s past president and also chaired its barbecue and reservations committees.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Keeler, who had a musical side as well, played drums in the Sole Distributor Band.
He was born in 1951 to the late George J. and Norma (Morrissey) Keeler Sr.
Keeler is survived by his wife, JoAnn; two daughters, Jennifer (William Stutz) Brown of Red Hook, and Heather (Keith) Massimo of Redding, Conn.; grandchildren Hailey, Carter, Harrison, Colton, and Lincoln; mother-in-law, Barbara Gurbel, of Pine Plains; three brothers, George J. (Ruth) Keeler of Pine Plains, Gordon R. (Sandy) Keeler of Millerton; and Glenn D. Keeler of Stanfordville; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main St., Pine Plains.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 10, at St. Anthony's Church, 68 Poplar Ave., Pine Plains.
A reception will follow at Lia's Mountain View Restaurant, 7685 Route 82, Pine Plains.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.