Cecil L. Keseling, 91, home builder

December 26, 2003

Cecil L. Keseling, an area home builder for three decades, died Saturday at Glade Valley Nursing Home in Walkersville of an apparent heart attack. He was 91.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Keseling graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1932 and attended night classes at the Johns Hopkins University.

He worked in the family home-building business, George H. Keseling and Sons, from the 1940s to the 1970s. He and his brother, George, built the Shirley Hills, Kimberly, Kimberly West and Kelbrooke developments in western Baltimore County.

Mr. Keseling served in the Army during World War II as a sergeant from 1941 to 1945, with a tour of duty in Europe.

An Eagle Scout, he was an active member of the Boy Scouts for 40 years, including stints as scoutmaster for local troops. He was also active in the Ellicott City Kiwanis Club.

Mr. Keseling was a longtime Ellicott City resident until moving to Walkersville last year.

Services were held Wednesday.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Keseling Kieffer of Germantown and Beverly Keseling of Walkersville; a son, James Keseling of Westminster; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife of 55 years, Grace Martin, died in 1998, and another son, George, died in 1981.

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