Gordon W. KeilDirector, security guardGordon W. Keil,...


Gordon W. Keil

Director, security guard

Gordon W. Keil, who worked more than four decades for the U.S. Printing and Lithograph Co., which later became Diamond International Corp., died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Severn. He was in his 80s.

"Snowy" Keil, as he was called by all who knew him for his nearly white hair, started working for the company as a teen-age office helper after his father died.

He left the company to serve in World War II, and afterward, became a salesman for the company in New York City, helping pitch its labels to canning companies. He later became director of a field office in Seattle, where for about a decade he directed company operations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Mr. Keil then returned to New York and, after retiring in the mid-1970s, came back to Maryland.

He worked about 10 years as a security guard at Laurel Raceway, until suffering a heart attack.

The Baltimore native belonged to local posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Throughout his life, he maintained an interest in woodworking and stamp collecting.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Gonce Funeral Home, 4001 Ritchie Hwy.

Mr. Keil is survived by a brother, Vernon Keil of Brooklyn; two sisters, Eileen Reavery of Severn and Leona Burrows of Brooklyn; and two nephews. His wife, Helen Keil, died in 1983.

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