By Submitted Story on May 19, 2020
Michael Allen Keating, age 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by family members in his Kill Devil Hills home on Monday, May 18, 2020, due to complications from Agent Orange. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford P. Keating Sr. and Dorothy Weaver Keating and two brothers, Clifford P. Keating Jr. and Bobby Tucker.
Mike was born in Richmond, VA on May 26, 1950. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, VA in 1968. He enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country in Vietnam. Locally, Michael was a member of the USMC Detachment 1264 and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4506. Michael Keating worked at and graduated from the College of the Albemarle studying IT and graduating with honors and was awarded the Presidents Cup for the President’s Award for outstanding service in 2004 on May 13, 2004.
Michael Keating is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Patricia (Pat) Keating, of over 50 years; his five children; Michael Keating Jr., Kristin Bucy, Anne Townsend, Cathryn Keating and Joseph Keating (Jen Zeralli); Eleven grandchildren, Bailey Keating, Cameron Keating, Abigail Chavez-Mejia (Daniel Chavez-Mejia Sr.), Jacob Roach, Shane Mizelle Jr. (Emily Mills), Kayla Mizelle, Zoe Townsend, Sophie Townsend, Charlotte Keating, Sabrina Keating and Jonah Zeralli. He is also survived by one great grandchild, Daniel Chavez-Mejia Jr.
Michael Keating adored his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandson. He filled his house and home with a voice that could bring angels to their knees and dance moves that could bring James Brown down. He was a soulful man with and amazingly caring and giving heart and soul. Always a hardcore Marine with the patience and love of a Saint. Semper Fi Mike
Memorial services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family gratefully requests memorial donations in Michael’s honor be made to Navy Federal Credit Union care of Patricia Keating towards medical expenses.
To express condolences to the family please visit the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com Gallop funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.