FROMBERG — Jean Keebler, a true Montana cowboy who loved his Tennessee roots, passed over on Sept. 2, 2012. A long-time Carbon County resident, he was born on the family ranch east of Edgar on May 22, 1922. Jean was the last surviving member of his generation of the Keebler family. Jean was preceded in death by his father Homer Keebler and mother Julia Keebler, brothers Joseph (J.D.) and Allen, sisters Glenna Rae, Lois and Theodora (Tedo).
Jean attended school in Edgar and Fromberg and graduated from Fromberg High School.
Jean married Kathryn Hodges on June 15, 1947. They were married for 65 years and raised five children: Shirley (David) Hines, Howard (Ellen, deceased), Steve (Patti), JaLayne (Greg) Obert, and Greg. Jean and Kathryn were blessed with 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews, and special friends the Brad and Link Dorvall families from the Clarks Fork Valley.
Jean and Kathryn lived and worked on ranches and farms at Edgar, Winnett, Sarpy Creek, Hysham, Fromberg, Bridger and Roberts. He was well respected for his knowledge of ranching and farming. Jean was an expert with livestock and was very particular about how they were cared for. He put the welfare of his animals before his own needs. He worked as long as his health permitted, and well into his 80s he worked for the Dorvall family with the sugar beets, corn, hay and grain. Jean especially liked harvest time working and joking with friends.
He and Kathryn enjoyed cribbage games, square dancing, western movies and TV shows and the Elks Club. And although he was a hard-working, no-nonsense man who loved working the land with horses, his favorite time was large gatherings with his family.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Rockvale Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com.