STATE COLLEGE - Known to legions of Penn State football fans as 'The Ticket Man,' State College broker Steven R. Keesey, 64, died suddenly Tuesday, of natural causes.
Steve was a Lions fan before he became a broker and was known to several generations of the Penn State Nation for fair and honest dealings with buyers and sellers alike.
For many years, he was a fixture at Beaver Stadium Saturdays with his mane of white hair, distinctive voice and sardonic smile. In declining health since a heart operation, he passed with Marilyn, his wife of 32 years, at his side and leaves behind the family of his daughter, Kimberly Stogill, and son, Nick Keesey, all residing in State College.
Steven R. Keesey
A member of the baby boom generation, he knew life's ups and downs and was always ready to take on the establishment on behalf of the little guy, even if on occasion that included himself.
At the same time, those who knew him well remember a doting grandfather who never tired of his precious grand- daughter, Lily Stogill, now age 4.
Steve was born Jan. 25, 1948, in Corning, N.Y., where his father, Blaine, worked for the New York Central railroad and his mother, Vivian, was a secretary at the Ingersol Rand Company.
After graduating high school in 1966, he earned a degree in hotel food service at Penn State.
As a boy, he enjoyed skiing, baseball and camping on Keuka Lake with his older half brothers, Richard, now 78, and Donald, long deceased.
Steve remained close to his many cousins, especially the Benedict girls, Susan, Judy, Sheryl and Diane, and their families, as well as Jerry Cadwell, all of the Dundee area.
Steve's interest in antiques, billiards and classic automobiles made him friends all over the world. For many years, he raffled off vintage sports cars at meets across the east on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
Although all his many friends are too numerous to mention, they include Bruce Holvenstot, his childhood companion and fellow skibum, and Lanny Boone, his partner at Hound Dog Tours.
Steve also shares his facination and belief in the spiritual world with Marcia Bjorvand, of Elmira, as well as the Rev. Ed Gaweda, of New York City, who will officiate the funeral service.
Steve will be buried beside his devoted mother in Centre County Memorial Park, State College.
Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service, 1034 Benner Pike, State College.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to Pets Come First, 2451 General Potter Highway, Centre Hall, PA 16828.
A donation collection container will be available at the funeral home. A guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com.