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Friday, November 25, 2011

R. Keith Wilcox, 85, of Highland St., Duke Center, PA

DUKE CENTER, PA - R. Keith Wilcox, 85, of Highland St. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday (Nov. 22, 2011) in his home with his loving wife and family, following a long illness.

Born Aug. 6, 1926, in Bradford, he was a son of Ronald and Rachel Freeman Wilcox. On April 26, 1952, in Duke Center E.U.B. Church he married Doris Jean Moore who survives.

Mr. Wilcox was a 1945 graduate of Otto High School and had resided in Duke Center his whole life.

Mr. Wilcox worked from 1945 to 1949 as a tool dresser for his father, Ronald Wilcox; he then served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1951 as a military policeman during the Korean War. He later worked for Kendall Oil Co. in Bradford in production and later in the plant as head operator in the M.E.K. Plant, retiring in 1989 after 36 years.

Mr. Wilcox was a member of the Duke Center United Methodist Church, the Quarter Century Club and the Otto Eldred High School Sports Boosters and helped build the first little league ball park. He loved gardening and working in his flower beds and with his flowering trees, hunting, fishing and following Otto-Eldred football and basketball and the Pittsburgh Steelers. After his retirement, he enjoyed feeding birds, deer and turkey. He especially enjoyed making his Alaskan vacation trip in 1996.

Surviving in addition to his loving wife of 59 years are two sons, David (Denise) Wilcox of Doylestown, PA and Donald (Connie Miceli) Wilcox of Duke Center; one daughter, Drenda (Jeffery) Duke of Duke Center; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two brothers, Roger (Sherri) Wilcox of Vienna, WV and Bruce Wilcox of Olean as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased in death by a grandchild, Mattew Wilcox; one sister, Jane Meeley; and a nephew, Jerry Meeley.

Friends may call Friday (Nov. 25, 2011) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred where on Saturday at 11 a.m. funeral and committal services will be held with the Rev. Gary Sheesely, pastor of the Duke Center United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Duke Center United Methodist Church, the Otto Township Fire Department of the McKean County VNA and Hospice.

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