Kaylor T. Keck: 1983-2016

Kaylor T. Keck, 32, of South Bend, Indiana passed away at 8:11 a.m., Sunday June 5, 2016 in his home. Kaylor was born on December 21, 1983 in South Bend to Robert and Cathy “Katie” (Stickler) Keck. On September 25, 2015, in South Bend, he married the love of his life and best friend, Cara C. Verner, who survives. Kaylor is also survived by his father, Robert Keck; brother, Koby Keck; sister, Kourtney Keck; maternal grandmother, Barbara Stickler; paternal grandmother Lillian Keck and paternal step-grandfather William Granning, all of New Carlisle, Indiana. Kaylor is also survived by his father-in-law and step-mother-in-law, Cade and Marilyn Verner of Fletcher, North Carolina; two sisters-in-law, Mandy (Andy) Kinnucan and Sunny Sampson; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Cathy “Katie” Keck; his mother-in-law, Susan Verner; his grandfathers William Keck and David Stickler; and four uncles. Known as Mr. Keck to hundreds of adoring students and their families, Kaylor had taught multiple grades within the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation for the last ten years and was currently teaching second grade at Elm Road Elementary School. Friends and family always looked forward to reading Kaylor’s famous (and funny) “Insights” that he would lovingly post about his students. Kaylor impacted the lives of not only the children in his class, but also gained the admiration of the entire community, garnering the nickname “Superman.” Outside of class, Kaylor was a football and wrestling coach at Discovery Middle School and had previously coached softball at New Prairie High School with his brother, Koby. Following the footsteps of his grandfather, Kaylor served alongside his cousin Bryan Bradshaw on the New Carlisle Fire Department for several years until turning his attention to coaching. An avid sports fan, Kaylor loved watching Notre Dame football games in the garage with his family and friends. He also cheered for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and his alma mater’s basketball team, the Indiana Hoosiers. Kaylor and his wife, Cara, loved to travel and recently spent their honeymoon on the West Coast. His sister will always remember him as an adventurous spirit who loved roller coasters and haunted houses. Funeral Services took place at 4:00 pm, Saturday, June 11, 2016 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive. A visitation also took place from Noon until 4:00 pm Saturday in the funeral home. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com.

Kaylor Keck contributed the "Insight into Kindergarten" cartoon featured in The Gazette, sharing some of the more humorous moments of his teaching career. You can see the final installment of the series on Page 3. It is a self-portrait Kaylor recently drew with his students for another project.

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