Cliff Keeslar, also affectionately known as CR, CRK, Double “D,” Clip, Lunch Box and Jack – passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 in Yelm. He was born June 2, 1937 in Elkhart, Ind. He was the son of Don and Roxa (Van Dorsten) Keeslar.
Cliff was an only child who went on to have nine children who he loved to the fullest.
He was renowned in Yelm (and beyond) as a most compassionate, loving and caring person. Cliff was a deeply spiritual, honorable and profoundly humble man. He loved his pipes, knives, fine cigars, red wine and occasional coconut vodka. He also had a wit and sense of humor that always guaranteed big belly laughs.
Cliff was an amazing, talented artist and designer with an impeccable eye for detail — as he had in all areas of his life. He was art director for Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Mich. for 21 years. After that he set up CRK Design, creating exquisite 3-D fine art paper and bronze sculptures. Cliff was also known for his architectural renderings, conceiving many structural and landscape transformations — all of them one-of-a-kind masterpieces.
Survived are his adoring wife of 53 years, Sylvia (Goethals) Keeslar — whom he called “Syl” and his nine children (and their spouses): Paul (Robin), John (Pamela), Joe, Shawn (Sue), Katy (Ellis), Kevin, Chris (Cristina), Tom (Marianna), and Steve Keeslar; and 15 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Ramtha School of Enlightenment, 14507 Yelm Highway SE, Yelm, Wash. Gates will open at noon on 93rd Ave. S.E.