Charles Robert “Charlie” “Bob” Keal


A private burial is planned for 84-year old Charles Robert “Charlie” Keal of Maple Grove, Minn, at Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, Minn.

The family is planning an online remembrance gathering.

Charlie died April 15, 2020, of COVID-19.

Memorials can be made online to The Food Group emergency food shelter at

Charlie grew up in northwest Nebraska, graduated from Chadron High School, served four years in the U.S. Air Force, and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He lived many years in Rochester, MN, and had a 25-year career at IBM before taking early retirement. Charlie then taught Computer Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

He had eclectic tastes: trains, crossword puzzles, classical music, and farm tractors.

He was also a kind man who will be remembered for his jovial smile, intelligence and gentle nature.

Charlie was predeceased by daughter Maria.

He is survived by wife, Mary Beth; children, Daniel, James (Kristin) and Laura (Gordon) Paynter; son-in-law, Alan Golemo; brother, Ronald; and grandchildren, Stella, Morgan, and Franklin. He was also a foster father to many.