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TAHLEQUAH – Graveside services for Ricel Lavine Keith Jr. will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Rev. Bill Keith officiating. Interment will follow under the care and direction of Hart Funeral Home Tahlequah. The online guestbook is available at www.hartfuneralhome.net. Ricel Lavine Keith Jr. died Aug. 12, 2015, at his home in Tahlequah. Rice was born Aug. 29, 1955, in Clayton, N.M., where his parents taught. They moved to Alaska when he was six years old where they lived on Akutan Island in the Aleutians and in Moose Pass and Kenai, both on the Kenai Peninsula, into his high school years. He has lived in Tahlequah for the last few years. He is a veteran of the US Army. Rice is survived by his son, Jacob Christie and a special friend Marilyn Christie of Tahlequah; his sister, Becky Keith Voelkel; and nephews, Nate and Jake Voelkel all of Oswego, Ore.; Fred Voelkel of Wuxi, China; aunt, Isabel Baker of Tahlequah; and uncle, Rev. Bill Keith of Longview, Texas. Cousins surviving him are Troy Sandford, Pam Brittain, Tim Baker, Donn Baker, Bill John Baker, Tara Rose, Kim Westfall and Lindsey Lebell. He is preceded by his parents, Ricel Lavine Keith Sr. and Patricia Crider Keith; maternal grandparents, Ben and Goldie Hardenbrook Crider, paternal grandparents, Claude and Hattie Mae Boyd Keith; aunt, Jimmie McKown, all of Tahlequah; aunt, JoAnne Crider Hall of Santa Fe, N.M.; and aunt, Bettie Jean Kretchmar of Bartlesville. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, 918-456-8823.
Published on  August 17, 2015
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