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Jan 31, 2013 6:29 PM by Josh Breslow

Son Prepares To Bury Mercer County Hypothermia Victim

A Central Kentucky man is preparing to bury his father, who earlier this week died tragically of Hypothermia as he went looking for help.

82-year-old Curtis Keeling was found Monday morning on the side of Mundy's Landing Road in Mercer County. Family members said, hours earlier, Keeling has gone to visit his wife in a nursing home, when he took a wrong turn and his car became stuck in the mud. Keeling had apparently made it about a mile as he went for help and passed out.

A passerby found Keeling. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"He was the sort of person who would do anything to help anybody," the victim's son, David Keeling told LEX 18. "The part that's hard to think about is he was crawling around in the mud. He died before any of the family got there... the Bible tells us God doesn't give us anymore than we can handle."

Keeling was a marine, a history buff, and a member of Burgin Baptist Church. His son describes him as a loving father, but not overly affectionate, with the exception of this past Christmas.

"He wouldn't let me hang up. He goes 'I just want to let you know that I love you'. He almost never said that," recalled David Keeling of the conversation he says has replayed over and over in his mind since learning of his father's death. "It'll be our faith that gets us through."

Keeling's visitation is Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alexander And Royalty Funeral Home. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. at Burgin Baptist Church.

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