Ralph Bruce McKeel1

#9605, b. 13 April 1942, d. 10 October 2000
Father*Ralph Orman McKeel1 b. 5 Aug 1905, d. 10 Jan 1978
Mother*Gladys Anna Palmer1 b. 22 Aug 1902, d. 19 Mar 1995
     Ralph Bruce McKeel was born on 13 April 1942 Oregon City, Oregon.1 He was the son of Ralph Orman McKeel and Gladys Anna Palmer.1 Ralph Bruce McKeel died 10 October 2000 at M D Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Harris County, Texas at age 58 years, 5 months and 27 days, The Texas Death Index has his death listed as Harris County, 10 Oct 2000.1,2

McKEEL. Ralph Bruce R. Bruce McKeel, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died unexpectedly on October 10, 2000 at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Texas following a courageous battle with acute leukemia. His wife of twenty-five years was at his side.

Bruce was born in Portland, Oregon on April 13. 1942 to the late Ralph 0. and Gladys Palmer McKeel. He came to the Bay Area in 1965.
He is survived by his best friend and loving wife Lynn E. McKeel; his children Amber Lynn Sharp (Ken) of Phoenix. Arizona, Elizabeth Anne, Janette Kathryn and Tiffany Laine of Hiilsborough; grandson Cody Sharp; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Heather and Jerry Hecker and niece and nephew Heidi and Chris Hecker all of Puyallup, Washington. The dear friends Bruce leaves behind are countless.

Bruce was a graduate of Milwaukle High School in Milwaukie. Oregon, the University of Oregon and Stanford Law School. He has always been involved with the world of finance including being President and C.E.O. of his own invesment banking firm for 14 years. For the past 5 years he was an Investment and Financial Planning Specialist with Lincoln Financial Advisors where he was a member of the Chairman's Council. He was also a member of the Olympic Club where he was President of the Seniors Golf Association, the Hillsborough Racquet Club, the Congregational Church of San Mateo where all will remember always his beautiful voice, and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.

Bruce's great loves were his family, his many cherished friends, his golf and his music; and to each of these he gave his all. His kindness, generosity and compassion touched all who knew him, but perhaps what Inspired all of us the most was his wonderful spirit as he battled this disease. For Bruce there was always hope for tomorrow. He will be missed more than any words can express, but his vibrant spirit, his smile and his laughter will continue to walk with all of us who knew him and loved him

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. October 24 2000 at the Congregational Church of San Mateo, 225 Tilton Avenue. San Mateo.

In lieu of flowers Bruce would have preferred contributions to the Congregational Church of San Mateo. 225 Tilton San Mateo, CA 94401; the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of San Francisco. CA 94102-5906 or Coyote Point Museum, 1651 Coyote Point Drive. San Mateo. CA 94401.3
     Ralph had 4 children, Amber Lynn (McKeel) Sharp (Ken) of Phoenix, grandson Cody Sharp; Elizabeth Ann McKeel; Janette Kathryn McKeel, Tiffany (McKeel) Laine, all of Hillsboro. Lynn Nieberding appears to be the mother of Amber Lynn, the others we don't know..
Berger, Jonathan #3263, b ca 1700 Switzerland or Germany, d PA
Graves, Francis #708 b say 1630 d Aug 1691, Virginia
Nowlan, John # 867, b bef 1580, Ireland, d Ireland
Pinckard, John # 1404 b ca 1642 d 1690, Lancaster County, Virginia
Wade, Edward # 838, in Virginia bef 1746
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782, Buckingham County, Virginia
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724, Kinnard, Scotland d ca 1752, Orange County, Virginia
Claye, John #1523, b ca 1588, England, d bef 1660, Virginia
Eyres, Joseph # 7329, b 17th century, Virginia or England
Ferris, Richard # 2074, b say 1620 or so, immi 1636, d Virginia
Fuquett, Gills # 3276, d Virginia
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700. d Virginia
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637, London
Humphreys, William # 7331, d Virginia
Lewis, John # 2831, b ca 1620, d Virginia
Marston?, Thomas # 2756, No further information
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653, England d 1728, Virginia
Samson, Francis # 3266 in Virginia bef 1700
Wilson, John # 417, b say 1620s, England or Henrico County, Virginia
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586, England, d 18 Apr 1644, Burmuda Hundred, Virginia
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782
Berger, Jonathan #3263
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724 d ca 1752
Claye, John #1523 b ca 1588
Eyres, Joseph # 7329
Ferris, Richard # 2074
Fuquett, Gills # 3276
Graves, Francis #708 b say 1630 d Aug 1691
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637
Humphreys, William # 7331
Lewis, John # 2831
Marston?, Thomas # 2756
Nowlan, John # 867
Palmer, (--?--) # 1755 b ca 1708 d ca 1793
Pinckard, John # 1404 b ca 1642 d 1690
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653 d 1728
Samson, Francis # 3266
Wade, Edward # 838
Wilson, John # 417
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586 d 18 Apr 1644
Last Edited=23 Jun 2023


  1. [S559] Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, accessed from Ancestry.com, Ralph Bruce McKeel.
  2. [S395] Ancestry.com, online Ancestry.com, Ralph Bruce Mckeel in the Texas, U.S., Death Index, 1903-2000, p 1665.
  3. [S589] Newspapers Publisher Extra, online newspapers.com, The San Francisco Examiner; San Francisco, California, 22 Oct 2000, Sun • Page 72. McKeel, Ralph Bruce (aka R Bruce).