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Richard "Rick" Michael Keepers

December 15, 1947 — March 29, 2024

Alexandria

Richard "Rick" Michael Keepers

Richard “Rick” M. Keepers, age 76, of Alexandria, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 29, 2024, at his home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2024, at United Methodist Church in Alexandria with Rev. Amy VanValkenburg presiding. Music is provided by pianist, Janet Eisele. Private family interment will take place later at Kinkead Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., on Friday, April 5, 2024, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Richard Michael Keepers was born on December 15, 1947, to Glen and Helen (Lanhart) Keepers in Richfield, Minnesota. He grew up in Richfield, where he graduated from high school in 1965. He attended Hamline University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in commercial art. Following his education, Rick began his career as a produce manager in grocery stores, his first job was at the Piggly Wiggly in St. Cloud and then in Willmar. Rick was united in marriage to Barbara Drake on August 26, 1972, in St. Cloud. They spent their honeymoon in the Wisconsin Dells. Following their marriage they moved to Mankato, followed by Montevideo where they lived for 18 years. They moved to Alexandria in 1990, and Rick continued his produce manager career in both Alexandria and Glenwood before retiring in 2014. Following retirement, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and traveling with his wife to Mexico, and Florida. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and was involved with delivering “Meals on Wheels” for the last seven years in the Alexandria area. Rick loved the outdoors, waterskiing, kayaking, boating, fishing, camping (including their favorite spot “Campers Paradise” for the past 43 years), and snowmobiling. He and his grandson, Bryce had a special bond through their mutual love of technology and computers! Rick and Barb celebrated their 50th Anniversary by taking their entire family to Wisconsin Dells to celebrate, a memory which will always be cherished. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; half-brother, Glen (Joni) Keepers; and sister-in-law, Ginny Keepers.

Rick is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barb; two daughters, Kelly (Robb) Shea of Alexandria and Jackie (Brad) Vogt of Parkers Prairie; brother, Dave Keepers of Backus, winters in Arizona; sister, Kathy (Sherald) Friend of Parker, Colorado; three grandchildren, Bryce, Kaylee, and Izabella Vogt; our beloved dog, Rocky; two grand-dogs, Rugby and Aggy; along with many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Robb Shea, Brad Vogt, Bryce Vogt, Al Paulzine, Jim Drake, and Butch Drake. 



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Visitation

Friday, April 5, 2024

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Lind Family Funeral Home - (Alexandria)

1623 10th Ave E, Alexandria, MN 56308

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Funeral Service

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

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