Floye Keelen was a loving and compassionate man who was passionate about praying for others, his family members said.
“He was loyal to Christ, his wife, family, friends and church family,” said his son, Terry Keelen. “He always told the truth.”
Floye Keelen, 78, of Merrillville, died March 21. He was a church deacon for more than 40 years, most recently with First Baptist Church of Griffith.
He is survived by Hester Keelen, his wife of 59 years.
Terry Keelen said his parents took the scripture “two become one” seriously and made it a reality. They were best friends who always did whatever it took to make the other happy.
“They never went to bed mad at each other and always fell asleep holding hands,” he said. “They enjoyed spending time together, laughing together and talking about their children and grandchildren.”
Keelen said his father loved to laugh and joke, but knew how to be serious when needed. He enjoyed making his famous mashed potatoes and biscuits, and loved plants and gardening. He put his faith before everything else.
He was devoted to visiting the sick in the hospital, and prayed constantly for others, his son said.
“He recognized that every blessing in life came from the Lord,” he said. “He also lived the way that he wanted his children and grandchildren to live by setting a Godly example. He knew the only way to heaven was to have a relationship with Christ.”
Terry Keelen said his father was always willing to tell the truth, even if it was something you didn’t want to hear.
“He never compromised his faith and beliefs and he always loved life,” he said. “He always had some words of wisdom, but was also ready to crack a joke at a moment’s notice.”