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Mr. Paul Keepers

Mr. Paul Albert Keepers, 89, of Sandy Spring, died Friday, Feb. 11, at Gettysburg Hospital.Twice married, he was preceded in death by his wives Regina A. Humerick Keepers, who died March 10, 1980, and Jessie L. Knipple Keepers, who died April 22, 1996.

Born October 14, 1910, in Thurmont, he was a son of the late Charles P. and Louise E. O'Toole Keepers. Mr. Keepers was a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Emmitsburg, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Thurmont. He was an honorary life member of Knights of Columbus Brute Council 1860, Emmitsburg, and an honorary life member of Pangborn Assembly 4th Degree, Hagerstown.

He was a former state warden of Maryland state council; a past faithful navigator, McNamara Assembly 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Frederick; a life member of Vigilant Hose Co., Emmitsburg; and a past president of Adams Co. Fire Police Association. Mr. Keepers was a member of Frederick County Fire and Rescue Association, Thurmont Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Council 11975, Emmitsburg Senior Citizens, Thurmont Senior Citizens, and the National Association of Retired Persons.

He was a. retired printer and book binder at St. Joseph's College and Provincial House for 50 years, and retired from CPI Printing, Emmitsburg.

Surviving are two children, R. Marie Long of Emmitsburg, and Barbara Nickoles and husband James M. of Lecanto, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Cindy Ott, Deb Youmans, Vicki Stackhouse, Paul Nickoles, Pam Miller, Ralph J. Long, Allan Nickoles, and Mary Royce; seven great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, the Rev. N. Lee Knipple of Finley, Ohio, Clyde A. Knipple of Las Vegas, Nev., Suellen V. Jurgens of Thurmont, and Forrest E. Knipple of Rocky Ridge; nine step-grandchildren ; five step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Sanders and husband Leonard J., Emmitsburg, Frances Rohrbaugh and husband George V. of Fairfield, and Teresa Orndorff and husband Karl J. of Emmitsburg. He was survived by one brother, Leo Keepers of Fairfield.

Mr. Keeprs was preceded in death by one sister, Mary E. Keepers; three brothers, Louis A. Keepers, Cecil P. Keepers, and Charles E. Keepers; and one daughter, Mary Anna Keepers, who died in 1936.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Feb. 14, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Emmitsburg. Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Emmitsburg.

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