Dr. Stan Keck

Dr. Stanley Keck, 83, Minot, formerly of Turtle Lake, died on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in a Minot healthcare center.

Stanley Walter Keck was born on Jan. 24, 1930, on the family farm near Turtle Lake, to August and Kathryn (Wagner) Keck. He was reared on the farm 10 miles southeast of Turtle Lake. He attended Koenig School #1 and graduated from Turtle Lake High School in 1947.

He continued his education and graduated from Jamestown College in 1951 with a degree in chemistry and from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a degree in medicine in 1953. He received his M.D. degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and served an internship at Charles T. Miller Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., from 1955-1956.

Dr. Keck served in the Navy for two years as a submarine medical officer for Squadron 10 with the USS Fulton based out of New London, Conn., from 1956-1958.

Dr. Keck married Patricia Brandriff on June 11, 1955, in Tinley Park, Ill. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, they made their home in Rochester, Minn., where he served an Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic from 1959-1963.

The family moved to Minot when he became associated with Northwest Clinic as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Keck and the late Dr. George M. Hart formed Orthopedic Surgery Associates in 1967 and were later joined by the late Dr. Myron Peterson and Dr. David Uthus. Dr. Keck served as president of that entity until he retired on Dec. 31, 1989.

Dr. Keck was a member of the American Medical Association, North Dakota Medical Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and served as chief of staff of Trinity Hospital for a time. He especially enjoyed sausage making, world travel, hunting, fishing, woodworking, gardening and spending time at his hobby farm near Foxholm.

Dr. Keck’s loving family includes: his wife of 57 years, Patricia “Pat” Keck, of Minot; children, John (Anne) Keck, of Little Canada Minn., Margaret (Truman) Smith and Catherine Steward, of Minot; grandchildren, Paul, Jessie and Tara; sister, Doris (Skip) Beggs, of Jamestown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Verna Jesser; and brother, Robert Keck.

Celebration of the Life of Dr. Stanley Keck: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.

Interment: Will be in Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Monday, May 13, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: Are preferred to the Salvation Army.

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