Keith McCleary, 86Keith Harvey McCleary, 86, of Red Wing, died Saturday, Feb. 18, at Valentines in Red Wing.
Keith Harvey McCleary, 86, of Red Wing, died Saturday, Feb. 18, at Valentines in Red Wing.
He was born in Maiden Rock, Wis., on Jan. 17, 1926, to James and Helen (Harvey) McCleary. He graduated from Maiden Rock High School in 1943. After graduation, he farmed for 9 years until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. He married June Niebeling on Oct. 4, 1952. After his discharge, they moved to Red Wing where he worked for 5 years at Red Wing Milling Company until becoming employed with the City of Red Wing as a superintendent of the wastewater treatment plant. He retired in 1986 and then worked 11 years for Will-Do-Trucking. He was also a volunteer fireman for the Red Wing Fire Department for 20 years.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Leo C. Peterson American Legion Post #54, and the Burnson-Lillyblad VFW Post #1218. He enjoyed fishing, golf, woodworking, playing cards, and bingo.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda (Leo) Neudecker of Plymouth and Patricia (Jim) Bushey of Red Wing; one son, Michael (Trudy) McCleary of Munds Park, Ariz.; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, June; one sister, Audrey Groom; and one brother, Neal.
Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at First Lutheran Church with Rev. Brian Scott officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Leo C. Peterson American Legion Post #54. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, with a Legion prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, and at the church for 1 hour prior to the services.
Online condolences may be sent at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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