David Lee Keebaugh, 64, of Newville, went home to be with Jesus on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at UPMC Carlisle.
He was born Saturday, Jan. 29, 1955, in Upper Strasburg, to the late Donald L. and Merbuda “Boots” (Meredith) Keebaugh.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Sharon Annette (Mateer) Keebaugh.
David graduated from Carlisle High School in 1974, and married the love of his life, Sharon, on July 25, 1975.
He spent most of his professional career with Motorola, where he was part of a feature article in the November 1988 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.
He attended Newville First Church of God, had served as an elder at Plainfield First Church of God, and was a faithful teacher of the Word.
He was a volunteer coach for youth basketball, Newville Little League Baseball, and youth soccer, and was involved with Boy Scout Troop 174. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing, and his Redskins, Phillies, Flyers, and most of all, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.
He played baseball while attending Carlisle High School. After high school, he played softball for many years with various traveling teams. He had a love of Civil War history, which was fostered in high school, resulting in his involvement with Civil War reenactments and living history, portraying Lt. Gen. James Longstreet. He portrayed Longstreet in the History Channel’s documentary, “Combat: Antietam.” He also served as the official Lt. Gen. James Longstreet model for historical Civil War artist Dale Gallon.
Above all, his love for the Savior was most important, followed by his family, whom he loved dearly. He would always say put Jesus first in your life, then your family, then all else would fall into place. He was proud of the men his sons had become, both personally and professionally. He cherished and loved his grandchildren, teaching them about Jesus, and was active and present in their lives.
He is survived by two sons, Shawn D. Keebaugh and wife, Michaele, of Newville, and Eric L. Keebaugh and wife, Kristi, of Newville; three grandchildren, Cameron, Zoe, and Eli Keebaugh; and five siblings, Donald Keebaugh, Darlene Argenbright and husband, Steve, Nancy Graver, John Keebaugh and fiancé, Angela, and Tina Kuykendall and husband, Randy. He was predeceased by two siblings, Larry Keebaugh and Kimberly Keebaugh.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at Newville First Church of God, 475 Shippensburg Road, Newville, Pa. 17241, with Pastors Edward Rosenberry and Wayne Good officiating.
Family and friends are invited for visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday, and again during a period of food and fellowship following the service at the church.
Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Newville First Church of God.
Condolences and memories may be shared at: www.finkenbinderfamily.com.