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UGRD Engineering '50
Benjamin Painter '50, age 85, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away on April 29, 2014.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1928 in San Jose, Calif. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin H. and Carol E. Painter, and his daughter, Katherine E. Kloss. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ileta, sons Steven S. and Kenneth B. Painter MBA ’91, son-in-law David Kloss, daughter-in-laws Lisa and Laura Painter, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Ben had a lifelong passion for flying. At the time he was the youngest licensed pilot in California at age 15. Graduating from the University of Santa Clara in 1950 with a B.S. in civil engineering he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. While earning his wings in Lubbock, Texas he met his future wife Ileta, who was attending Texas Tech University. Ben was assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, 508th Fighter Squadron of the Strategic Air Command flying F-84G "Thunderjets" located in Albany, Georgia. Leaving the Air Force in 1955 they re-settled in San Jose.
Ben went to work for San Jose Steel Company where he rose to manage the reinforcing steel "rebar" division. In 1973 he followed in the steps of his father as a custom home builder in Los Gatos, Calif. In 1993 they moved from Monte Sereno to Incline Village, Nev. Ben and Ileta moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 2004. Ben was most proud of the legacy he leaves behind represented by his large and growing family
submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:33A
UGRD Engineering '52
Neil L. O'Keefe
Lt. Colonel Neil L. O'Keefe '52 U.S. ARMY, Ret, third-time resident of Stevens Point, age 86, died peacefully on July 2nd, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King after an extended illness.
Born Nov. 21, 1927, Neil grew up in San Diego, son of a distinguished WW I Army veteran who later served as prosecutor and assistant district attorney in San Diego. Neil spent much of his youth sailing and racing in San Diego Bay with his older brother, Art. He went on to graduate from Santa Clara University, with a degree in engineering earning a commission in the U.S. Army.
He honorably served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, where he received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal. From 1968-72 he was the director of the ROTC program for UW-Stevens Point. While teaching military history at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania he met his lifelong bride to be, Nancy J. Campbell. She was on the faculty teaching dance and physical education. They were married for 57 years and he is survived by four children, Dan, Jennifer, Dave and Kathleen and their families, which include eight wonderful grandchildren. Following military retirement, Neil continued to work in the field of engineering and assisted in building the San Diego Court House. The family moved back to Stevens Point, where Neil worked for UW-Stevens Point's Alumni Association. Continuing the family tradition of moving, he and Nancy went on to live in Pebble Beach, Hawaii, Palm Springs and finally back to Stevens Point.
submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:27A
UGRD Leavey Business '59
Charles "Chas" W. Reed
Charles "Chas" William Reed ’59, resident of Los Gatos, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on June 1, 2014, in Los Gatos at the age of 90.
Born on August 25, 1923, in Spokane, Wash., he was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Reed, brother to Mary E. Hopkins Salisbury and John M. Reed, all deceased. Chas served in the Navy in the South Pacific in World War II and settled in San Francisco, Calif., after the war. He married Margaret "Peg" Toepel in 1947. In 1952 he relocated from San Francisco to the Santa Clara Valley and established a successful jewelry and watch repair business, Chas W. Reed Jewelers, in downtown Santa Clara.
After selling the business, Chas attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1959 magna cum laude with a degree in business and accounting and established a CPA firm in Santa Clara specializing in consulting and tax services for general contractors. In 1970 he began a successful real estate career as a residential land developer, broker, and investor that lasted over 40 years. Chas is survived by his loving wife of 67 years and their four children: Lydia Franzese ’70 (Stephen), William Reed M.S. ’14, Veronica Miller (Michael) and Christopher Reed (Mary) and eight grandchildren. He will be missed by his loved ones and many friends.
submitted Aug. 15, 2014 9:36A