John H. Khiel

DENMARK — John H. Khiel Jr. (Pappy), of Denmark, passed away peacefully on Feb. 10, 2011 with his loving family by his side at home in Denmark.

John was born in Melbourne, Fla. on July 11, 1928, the son of John and Christine (Osgood) Khiel. He was one of three brothers and two sisters.

He married Ivy (Veno) on Dec. 4, 1949 and together they raised three children. John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. John’s profession was a truck driver. He purchased his first logging truck in the ’50s and hauled pulp and logs for 40 years. After retirement, he continued to truck part time until his health prevented him from doing so.

John enjoyed living a good life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and socializing with his family and friends. He was the master of chicken barbecues and turkey in the barrel. He also had a love of old clocks. Over the years, he collected and restored several. John had fond memories of raising chickens with his father. He went on to raise chickens with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John enjoyed his Lab friends. He always had one by his side. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his lovely daughter, Theresa Khiel Felser.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Ivy; son John Khiel; daughter Darlene Seavey; six grandchildren and three great-granddaughters; two sisters, Charlotte Young and Virginia Broc; and two brothers, Melvin Khiel and Gerald Khiel; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A committal service will be announced and held in the spring at Berry Cemetery in Denmark.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Rte. One #1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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