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6322 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92115
Phone: (619) 583-9511
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Paul Keesling

Paul Edward Keesling

Tuesday, January 7th, 1930 - Thursday, December 5th, 2019
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PAUL EDWARD KEESLING, SR.
January 7, 1930 – December 5, 2019

Paul was born in Stanford, Kentucky, on the family farm, the fourth of five children. He lived in Lexington, KY, during his formative years and left to join the US Navy in 1947. Training and deployments over the course of his subsequent 20-year career took him to Alaska, Florida, Italy, Washington D.C., and California. Paul served aboard a number of aircraft carriers including: USS Midway, USS Randolph and USS Boxer. He was a Seabee and later a Mess Management Specialist. He oversaw meal preparation for a navy flight squadron and, when deployed, a multitude of aircraft carrier personnel as well. He retired from active duty as a First Class Petty Officer in 1966, making Escondido, CA, the family home.

Paul married Sallie Mae Catron in 1951 and they had three sons: Paul “Ed” Keesling Jr. (1952) now residing in Long Island, NY; David Keesling (1954) of Jamul, CA; and James Keesling (1958) of Flagstaff, AZ. Sallie passed away in 1996. Paul was also a grandfather and great grandfather.

Ever the hard worker, Paul took on long-haul trucking as his next career. He crisscrossed America delivering everything from produce to mobile homes to yachts. He formed his own company called Hush Puppy Enterprises, after his CB radio handle, and continued as an independent contractor until his second retirement in 1992. He and Sallie then enjoyed use of their RV and trips to Las Vegas where they both had some lucky times!

After Sallie’s passing, Paul downsized to a mobile home in San Marcos, CA, and remained there until 2016 when he joined son David and his wife Hope full time at their Jamul residence. He was an avid TV watcher and purchased a mere 75” flat screen for his enjoyment. He enjoyed viewing sporting events, car shows and races, and westerns.

Paul’s health had been compromised by COPD but he only truly began failing November of 2019. One month later, on December 5th, he drew last breath in the presence of his children. Paul will be dearly missed but we rejoice he is now safely home with his Savior. He had a great sense of humor and down-home approach to life. Though quiet by nature, those who got to know Paul always enjoyed him and “Hush Puppy” had a bit of a fan club wherever he sunk his roots.

Keep on truckin’, Paul, ‘till we see you again!
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  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    Jamul Community Church
    Address
    14058 Jamul Dr
    Jamul, CA 91935
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    Reception following the memorial service at Jamul Community Church.
  • Interment

    Monday, January 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, January 6th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Miramar National Cemetery
    Address
    5795 Nobel Dr.
    San Diego, Ca 92122
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Jennifer Catron

Posted at 08:05pm
Uncle Paul was one of my favorite uncles. His sense of humor was gentle and kind. I still remember a joke he told me decades ago. He wrote it out because it’s a “visual” joke. It works best if you say it out loud as he would. It took me awhile to get it, and he waited patiently. We then both enjoyed a good laugh.
Here’s the joke:
O C D Puppies?
L M N O Puppies.
O S A R.
C M P N?
God bless you Uncle Paul. May you always enjoy fair winds and happy trails.
 
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Jim keesling Posted at 10:48pm

I remember that joke. He was a funny guy. Thanks for sharing that great memory.😀
HK

Hope Keesling

Posted at 12:46am
Paul was my father-in-law and friend these past 15 years. He was thoughtful, funny, kind, and supportive. He taught me how to be a better cook, and introduced me to some of his favorite Southern dishes. He was always willing to help out around the ranch, and loved our dogs and horses. Paul was an adventurer at heart. We were pleased to get to share several cruises with him too. It was hard watching this brave man struggle with illness, but he remained mentally tough to the very end. I'm so happy Paul turned to Jesus to usher him into The Kingdom, and look forward to seeing him again healthy, happy and whole. Paul, thanks for lighting up our lives, and you are sorely missed here at the Keesling Kowboy Korral.
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