Eugene Keck

Obituary of Eugene Keck

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Eugene Keck was born in Tazewell, Tennessee on January 29, 1935.   He was one of four children born from the union of Foister B. Keck and Coba O. (Collins) Keck.   He met the love of his life, his future wife, the former Lillian “Jean” McDaniel while in the seventh grade at Lincoln School.  

At the age of 17, Eugene began what would become a 34.5 year career with the Ford Motor Company.   However, Gene, was soon fired for being too young, although he later returned once reaching the age of majority.    He enlisted in the United States Army on August 4, 1953, honorably serving during the Korean War.  On November 26, 1955, in Tazewell, Tennessee Gene and Jean were joined in marriage.   He was discharged on May 1, 1956.  

Gene spent his time at Ford in the transportation department.   He often referred to himself as a high-priced errand boy, as his responsibilities involved running around for the Vice Presidents and Executives.   He spent four years at the Monroe Stamping Plant before transferring to Rawsonville where he spent the next thirty years before retiring in 1995. 

Eugene enjoyed challenging his mind and loved working with his hands.  He was a talented woodworker and had even built the foundation and garage for his sister Betty and had helped to build Rogers home. He was a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church for many years.  

In retirement, Gene visited Bob Evans several times each day.   He also spent time at the Frenchtown Square Mall where he met old school friends, once a month.

Eugene Keck, age 88, of Monroe passed away on Thursday; February 2, 2023 at Seacrest Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  He had been under the care of Elara Caring Hospice.   His passing was preceded by his parents:  Foister and Coba Keck; his beloved wife:  Lillian Jean Keck on May 24, 2010; a brother:  Bill Keck; a sister: Betty Lou Keck on March 17, 2012; a great grandson:  Gary Keck.

To cherish his memory he leaves a son:  Roger Keck of Monroe; a brother:  L. M. Keck of Virginia; three grandchildren:  Ryan Keck, Daniel Keck, and Lucas Keck all of Monroe; two great grandchildren:  Gavin Keck and Nolan Keck both of Monroe.

Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday; February 7, 2023 at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185.   A Celebration of His Life will take place at 11:00am on Wednesday; February 8, 2023 also at Merkle’s.   Pastor Roy Southerland will officiate.   Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial.  

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting


Gathering for Eugene Keck

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Merkle Funeral Service North Monroe
2442 North Monroe Street
Monroe, Michigan, United States

Celebration of Life for Eugene Keck

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe
2442 North Monroe Street
Monroe, Michigan, United States
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Eugene Keck

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Eugene Keck

1935 - 2023

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