Michael Keyak was an honest and hard-working man who had a good sense of humor and loved to be around people, said his wife, Kathryn Keyak.
“Everyone knew him. He was very funny,” she said. “They called him ‘the man.’”
Keyak, 69, of Cape Coral, Fla., and formerly of Hobart, died Jan. 31. He worked in the family business, Triangle Steel Corp., for 42 years, retiring in 2009 as president.
He was a graduate of East Gary Edison High School and attended Indiana University for a year before joining the Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam from 1966-67. He was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League Howling Mad Detachment and was formerly Senior Vice Commandment and started the Honor Guard.
The Marine Corps remained important to Keyak throughout his life, his son said.
“He was very patriotic, and opinionated about respecting the flag and his love for his country,” said his son, Michael Keyak, Jr.
Kathryn Keyak agreed.
“He thought that everyone who served deserved to be honored and respected,” she said. “He put his heart and soul into the Marines and the Honor Guard.”
Keyak enjoyed fishing off the dock behind his home in Florida, and enjoyed golfing. He had been an excellent athlete in high school, where he had been captain of the football team and an All-Conference baseball player.
Kathryn Keyak said she met her future husband when she was 12 and he was 13. They were together for nine years before they got married, and were married 45 years.
“We were in each other’s lives for our whole lives,” she said. “He would make me laugh every day.”