James J. “Jim” Keil

James J. “Jim” Keil

Jan 18, 1931 – Aug 1, 2017

Age 86; retired Mutual of Omaha photographer. Preceded in death by parents, William and Josephine Keil; infant grandson, Parker J. Keil.  Survived by wife of 60 years, Mary Ann; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Sherry, Bill and Nicole; grandson, Braxton; sister, Mary Lou Sonnenfelt (Stan); many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 4th from 5pm to 7pm at the BelAir Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Saturday, August 5th at 9:30am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Dr.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #1.  Memorials will be directed by the family.


It is difficult to describe Jim and his life in a few simple paragraphs.


Jim was a dedicated and loving husband. Meeting Mary Ann at Mutual of Omaha and marrying her on May 4, 1957, their adventure would last 60 years. Through his work with Mutual of Omaha, Jim and Mary Ann traveled around the country, Europe and Japan. Even as his health declined, every night he would make sure mom was comfortable in bed and kiss her good night before going to bed himself. 


If you knew Jim, you were his friend. 


James Jerome Keil was born in Tilden, Nebraska on January 18, 1931. He spent two years in the Army, 82nd Airborne.  He retired from Mutual of Omaha after 38 years as company photographer; wedding photography was added to his agenda and he really loved his work.


Jim was always on the go: jack-of-all-trades, jokester, collector extraordinaire, and always ready to help someone in need. He loved fishing, staying at his cabin on Lake Lida, Minnesota, and playing cards and games with family and friends.


Jim’s dementia snuck up on him, with the struggle going back at least 6 years. The last year and especially the last month showed an even greater decline, and after the recent stroke there was just not enough of Jim left to carry on.


Jim lived a full, rewarding life with no regrets.


Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin (Sherry) and Bill (Nicole); grandson, Braxton (Bill & Nicole); sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou Sonnenfelt (Stan); sisters-in-law: Helen Hough, Mildred Gauchat (Dick), Lucille Svoboda, Rose Rerucha, Jean Heckart (Richard), and Clarice Lake (Mike); many nieces, nephews, and friends (everyone was his friend!).





  • Kim Heier Posted August 3, 2017 9:41 am

    Our sympathy and prayers of comfort for Jim Keil’s family and friends.
    May each of you to feel comfort while sharing the sweet memories of Jim.
    We pray that our words of comfort will help you through this difficult time.


    Kim Heier

  • Rod Peterson Posted August 3, 2017 9:56 pm

    Jimmy was aces. None better. We won’t see the likes of him ever again. He was a great friend, the crazy uncle I never had, and always fun to be with. I will always remember him with a smile on my face because that’s the way he would want it. Besides, he leaves behind only good memories.

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