Michael Dale Keesling

1/22/2014

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Michael Dale Keesling

On Jan. 17, 2014, Michael Dale Keesling, 60, passed away at Texoma Medical Center, Denison, Texas. At the time of his passing, Mike was surrounded by his family and friends.

Mike was a veteran of 32 years' service in the Kansas Highway Patrol, the last 12 of which were with the Drug Enforcement Agency's Joint Task Force. During his tenure with the JTF, Mike was a respected and highly effective investigator. He was the lead investigator on nearly 300 investigations that resulted in the seizure of more than 700 kilos of cocaine, more than 27,000 pounds of marijuana, as well as large seizures of other illicit drugs including heroin and methamphetamine. He was also directly responsible for the seizure of more than 9 million dollars connected with the drug trade. Mike retired from the Patrol as a Technical Trooper in 2008, and moved to Hot Springs Village, Ark., where he spent his remaining years.

Mike was a devoted family man. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 35 years, Diane Keesling; daughters, Tara Keesling of Garden City, Kan., and Devi McHugh of Pottsboro, Texas; and sons, Aaron Keesling of Hot Springs, Ark., and Dustin Carr of Rossville, Kan., as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There was no one Mike could not talk to and befriend. No matter where he went, he knew someone, and there were always stories that could be swapped about experiences shared. In his retirement, Mike's passions were his Gold Wing trike and golf. He was a member of the Patriot Guard motorcycle club and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association of Hot Springs Village. He was also a member of two golf groups in Hot Springs Village, The Wild Bunch and the Nine Holers. He will be deeply missed by family and friends alike.

Mike had a passion for life, and wanted to pass that passion along to all. It was his wish that there be no funeral, and that he be remembered with joy rather than sorrow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mike's name to the Kansas Trooper's Fund, 1200 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604.

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