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James Benton Keckler

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“Dr. Keckler was my General Business teacher in 72-73 at Axtell Park. He received his doctorate that year and was very proud of that. He was the 1st...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Melodee (Zimmerman) Johnson

“I think of him often and want to thank him for his guidance and patience god speed mr. Keckler ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: eric hopewell - sioux falls, SD

“It was my good blessing to be in Plankinton South Dakota High School when Mr. Keckler came to teach there. He was a terrific teacher and a wonderful...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Sheela Scales - Placitas, NM

“"Mr Keckler" was my teacher at Plankinton in 1962. He taught me a life lesson, by explaining that the reason for the title of the movie, "The Crowded...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Dodds - Madison, SD

“Jim was the Atticus Finch of education. In other words, Jim's influence as an educator went far beyond what happened in the school. He was a role...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Bill Thompson - Fort Collins, CO

“Thanks for always looking out for me Boots.......you're a good man. You will be missed ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Joe

“Over the years I have sung the praises of Mr. Keckler for being the most influential teacher in my life. He was my civics teacher at AXtell Park and...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Linda Anderson Roy - Sioux Falls, SD

Here is a shot from one of our Spring Training trips as he tried to chat up some sculpture in Mesa. “There is not enough space to do justice to describing what Jim Keckler meant to me. He was the only administrator that I totally respected during my...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Mattke - Sturgeon Bay, WI

“My deepest sympathy to the Keckler Family. Mr. Keckler was the most outstanding Assistant Principal I ever met in my 35 years of teaching. In 1991 I...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Mary Osthus - Dickson, TN

“Mr. Keckler was my teacher and coach at Axtell from 1963-66. I knew him to be a very caring person; he even visited me in the hospital after I was...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Parker - Cape Girardeau, MO

“Rita and family-so sorry to hear of your loss. We missed you as neighbors. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Eli and LaVonne Schmidt - SD

“To a coach and educator I have never forgotten. Jim was an excellent role model and helped all of us grow. I just remember him as mentor, teacher,...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Bill Mickelson - San Tan Valley, AZ

“My deepest regards to you, Jeremy, and your family. May you all be lifted toward the light of your loving family during this time. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Jasmine Goldberg (Johnson) - MT

“Our sympathy to Jeremy, Jolene, Collin and Seth in the passing of your loved one. May God's love for you heal your broken hearts. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Tom and Carol Kessinger - SD

“I remember Mr. Keckler as a neighborhood friend and later as my 9th grade homeroom, business and typing teacher. He also taught me how to spit shine...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Bill Herried - Sioux Falls, SD

“What a nice gentleman Jim was! I first met him almost 20 years ago when I started as principal's secretary at Lincoln High School. My condolences...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Laurie Sterrett - Hartford, SD

“Jim was a kind, wise, caring man who had much insight to offer. His faith was evident. I was fortunate to work with him both as a fellow teacher...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Jane Olson Leonhardt - SD

“I will always remember Jim as such a kind hearted soul. After he retired he would always have a smile on his face for you when he came to Patrick...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Marcia Herr - Sioux falls, SD

“Jim was a wonderful principal that I had at Patrick Henry Jr. High and Lincoln, High School. He was an honest and caring person who was truly...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Sandy Van Gerpen - Sioux Falls, SD


James was born on May 4, 1936 and passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

James was a resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the time of passing.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 with family present from 5:00-7:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. A short prayer service will begin at 7:00pm. Funeral services for Jim will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM with a luncheon to follow after the service. A private family burial will take place at St. Michael's cemetery at a later time.

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