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Dwight Arnold Keels


Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes

202 Maple Ave., Oak Hill, Ohio 45656

(p) 740-682-6696

Dwight Arnold Keels, Sr., age 81, went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2023, at his home in Brandon, FL, after a brief illness. Dwight was born May 29, 1942, in Blackfork, Ohio, the second of four children of Gordon and Elizabeth (Lommax) Keels.

Dwight graduated from Decatur Washington High School in 1960. Sometime later, he met Donna Keeton, and soon, love blossomed. The couple married in 1968 and moved to the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus, OH, where they raised their two children: Dwight Jr. and Denna.

In addition to raising his family, Dwight had a 38-year career at American Electric and Power, from where he retired. Once retired, he spent his time volunteering at his grandchildren’s schools, attending their sporting events, traveling with them, and creating other cherished memories.

After Donna’s death in 2018, he moved to Tampa, Florida, with his daughter and grandchildren, where he enjoyed sitting outside soaking up the sun, watching birds, and taking walks around the neighborhood. Though away from home, he remained an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Bengals fan, watching the games and rooting for his teams.

Dwight was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He touched many lives and was known for protecting the people who were close to him. He loved being a “Papaw” and spent time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren every chance he got. He was endeared and respected by a multitude in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus, OH, where he resided for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Donna (Keeton) Keels; brothers: Wayne, Lewis, and William Keels; and sisters-in-law, Billie Mae Long and Patricia (Roach) Keels.

Left to cherish his memories are his son, Dwight (Julie) and daughter Denna Keels; grandchildren, Anthony (Taylor), Deidra, Michael “Joey”, and Jenna Keels, and Kerll Cooper; great-grandchildren, Kaden and Kaleb Keels; sisters-in-law, Lee Keels and Faye (Tim) Sawyer. Also surviving are good friends Gary and Marla Bennett, Robert Rippey, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The family would like to send a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Aldea Green for their kindness and support during Dwight’s time of need. Thanks and appreciation to those who called and visited Dwight during his time of illness and to all who have sent comforting messages, and other acts of kindness during this time of bereavement. Special thanks to Union Baptist Church & Pastor Christian Scott & Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held Sunday, June 18, 2023, from 1-2 PM at the Union Baptist Church. Funeral services will immediately follow at 2:00 with Christian Scott officiating. At his request, his body will be cremated after the services and the burial will follow at a later date at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be sent to


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