C. Walter Keibler, 92, of Scottdale, passed away, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 in Select Specialty Hospital, McKeesport. Mr. Keibler was born August 27, 1920 in Charleroi a son of the late S. Edward and Alma Henrietta (James) Keibler.
He graduated from Charleroi High School Class of 1938 attended California University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Slippery Rock University in 1942. He earned a master's degree from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.
Prior to his retirement, in 1985 he was employed for 43 years at the former Scottdale Schools until the formation of the Southmoreland School District where he worked as a teacher, coach, athletic director, elementary principal, coordinator of curriculum and supervisor of federal programs and completed his tenure as administrative assistant.
Mr. Keibler served the Scottdale Borough as a member of the Planning and Zoning commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale where he belonged to the church choir for over 50 years, taught Sunday School, served as a lay speaker and lay leader, as well as, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Walt further served as a board member of the Westmoreland County Retired Senior Volunteer Program and did Tax Counseling for the elderly and AARP for 15 years. He was active with the Jumonville Training Center of the United Methodist Church and served a member of the board and chairman of the facility committee. He was also an active member of the Pa Assoc of School Retirees. In addition, he was a member and former president of the Scottdale Area Retired Christian Men and served as a board member of the Regional Family YMCA.
He served in the US Army during World War II where he graduated from the US Army Reconditioning School at Camp Grant, Ill and served at the US Army General Hospital as a tech Sergeant at Camp Pickett, VA. He was a member and past Master of Marion Lodge #562 having received his 60 year member pin and was also a member of the Uniontown Lodge of Perfection and the Syria Temple, Pittsburgh. Additionally, he was a former chaplain for Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #383 and he was a life member of the Scottdale American Legion Post 240 former member of the Lions Club; sang with the Heritage Singers and performed in several musicals at the West Overton Museums and the former Scottdale Showtime Theater. In recent years, he was also a volunteer at Redstone Highlands.
Walt is survived by his loving wife, Josephine G. (Anderson) Keibler; his beloved and devoted children, Chuck Keibler and wife Jeane of Bettendorf, Iowa; Jim Keibler and wife Tami of Hope Mills, NC; Debbie Dunlevy and husband Ray of Batavia, NY; Janet Keibler of Scottdale; and Bob Keibler and wife Valery of Bethel Park; 13 grandchildren, Evan Keibler (Sarah); Conrad Keibler (Abbie); Derek Keibler (Betsy); Nathan Keibler; Kaylee Keibler; Nicole Kiehle (Noah); Monica & Margo Dunlevy; Kari Roxanne; Natalie, Leslee, Alexis Simone and Quentin Keibler; five great-grandchildren, Walter & Wesley Keibler; and Campbell, Parker and Callahan Keibler.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, E. Margaret Brightwell Keibler; a brother Edward Keibler and two sisters, Ruth Keibler and Sally Howes.
Family and friends are welcome on Saturday from 4-6 pm and Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC. 303 Pittsburgh St. Scottdale. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 am in Trinity United Methodist Church, 501 Mulberry St. Scottdale with Rev. Stephen C. Moore officiating. Interment will take place in Monongahela Cemetery. Marion Masonic Lodge #562 will conduct a memorial service on Saturday at 5:30 pm and the Order of Eastern Star #383 will conduct a memorial service on Sunday at 4 pm both in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church PO Box 343 Scottdale or Amedisys Hospice 109 Crossroads Rd Suite 500 Scottdale, PA 15683. For online condolences and information, visit www.gjfuneral.com