Keith A. Gabriel, 61, of Appleton, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at his home. He was born June 2, 1951, in Neenah, son of Stanley C. and Carolyn (Schultz) Gabriel. After his 1969 graduation from Appleton East High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam and was honorably discharged from active duty on September 24, 1973.
Keith had many interests. He was an avid collector of coins and eagles. He enjoyed researching things on the internet, watching movies, playing video games, and spending time with his two cats, Crazy and Mountain. Keith surprised many of his neighbors while taking Crazy for their cat walks around the block. Keith was active with various veterans associations throughout the years and was very proud of his service in the Marine Corps.
Keith is survived by a brother, Wayne (Pat) Gabriel, Neenah; two nephews: Chris (Heidi) Gabriel, Neenah, and Ryan Gabriel, Boulder, CO; a great niece and nephew: Christina and Cody; many other relatives and friends. Keith was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012, at the Kessler Funeral Home, 304 S. Commercial St., Neenah, with Fr. Michael Ingold officiating. Inurnment will take place at St. John Cemetery, Menasha. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. Thursday until the time of the service. Military honors will be performed by members of the United States Marine Corps following the service at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in Keith’s name.