Former local Bruce Keep dies
Bruce Delbert Keep, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., died on Nov. 16 at his home. He was 52.He was born May 21, 1954, in Albion, Neb., the son of William F. and Wilma Jean (Simmerman) Keep.
As a teenager, Keep gave swimming lessons to disabled kids. He graduated from Ogallala High School in 1972. He had lived in Wayzata, Minn., prior to moving to Vail, where he was a photographer, fly fisherman and guide. He also worked in many restaurants in the Vail area.Keep was a co-founder of Trout Unlimited in Eagle, and, family members said, was a vigorous supporter of the catch-and-release program to keep area rivers stocked with fish. Family members also said he tought his his nieces and nephews to appreciate the nature.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Delbert and Lora Simmerman and William and Vera Keep; his father, William F. Keep; and a niece, Mathison Paige Knox-Keep.Survivors include his mother, Wilma Jean Keep of Ogallala; three sisters, Leah (Dean) Schow of Paxton, Michelle (Mark) Lautenschlager of Longmont, Colo., and Lisa (Tad) Gray of Corona, Calif.; one brother, Rex (Carolyn) Keep of Edwards; nieces and nephews Kyle (Cheryl) Schow and family, Kevin (Kim) Schow and family, Korey (Roxy) Schow and family, Chase Keep, Taylor Keep, Megan Lautenschlager, Spenser Gray, Caitlin Gray and Hunter Gray; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and his closest friends, Chuck and Jacque McGuire of Pagosa Springs, Colo.Keep has been cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO