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 Vincent James Kieta

Vincent James Kieta

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death 7 Dec 2010 (aged 78)
Radcliff, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Fort Knox, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 62718815 · View Source
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Vincent James Kieta, 78, of Radcliff, born Dec. 5, 1932, in Fort Benning, Ga., died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, after a courageous four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
He graduated from Vine Grove High School in 1951. Vincent was a founding citizen of Radcliff. In those early days, he enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard and was immediately called to active duty during the Korean War and stationed in Germany. It was in Germany that he met Margaret Halter, whom he later married at St Brigid's Catholic Church in Vine Grove. Together they raised five children and were founding members of St. Christopher's Parish.
Vincent lived a full life in his 78 years. During his 36-year career in the National Guard, he entered the service as a private and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel. After his initial active duty tour, he enrolled in Louisville Radio and TV school and then opened one of the first radio and television repair stores, Radcliff TV. He continued as a private businessman for more than 25 years.
The Radcliff community truly was his calling. Vincent helped plan and build the original St. Christopher Church and school. When a new church was needed, Vincent was again there to raise money and plan for the new church. He served on the Radcliff City Council and numerous committees, which contributed to the growth and quality of life in Radcliff. He took his greatest pride in the conception and development of Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, which now serves the entire community as a place of education, relaxation, recreation and family time. In honor of his dedication to volunteerism and his accomplishments, Vincent was the recipient of the Ollye Masters Award, Hardin County Distinguished Alumni Award and Paul Harris Fellow, in addition to other recognitions.
Vincent gave to his community through leadership on many projects, countless volunteer hours and donations. He continued to do so well into his retirement. Vincent supported his family and friends by lending a hand whenever and wherever that may have taken him. Through it all, he was a beloved husband, father, brother, son and friend to many.
Vincent was preceded in death by his father, Anthony; his mother, Nathalie; his brother, Anthony; and infant daughter, Angela.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Margaret; two daughters, Helene Harris and her husband, Randy, of Elizabethtown, and Carolyn Ambrosino of Louisville; three sons, Michael and his wife, Sharon, of Germany, Robert and his wife, Karyne, of Portland, Ore., and Thomas and his wife, Micki Lynn, of Lafayette, La.; his brother, Andrew and his wife, Betty, of Vine Grove; his sister, Barbara Brink and Dan of Elizabethtown; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Watkins of Louisville. He had eight grandchildren, Christopher and Meghan Kieta, Lauren Harris, Natalie Ambrosino, Kennedy, Brennan, Kale and Brayden Kieta; and stepgrandchildren Brian and Julie Harris and Lisa Williams.
A Mass of Christian burial is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Radcliff with the Rev. Dennis L. Cousens officiating. Burial with military honors follows in St. Patrick Cemetery at Fort Knox.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and continues at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff. A prayer service is at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hosparus of Central Kentucky, P.O. Box 2149, Elizabethtown KY 42702-9900; American Cancer Society, 701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203 or City of Radcliff designated for Saunders Spring Nature Preserve, P.O. Drawer 519, Radcliff, KY 40159.

The News Enterprise, 9 Dec 2010

One of Radcliff's founding fathers and a former councilman died Tuesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Vincent Kieta, 78, was instrumental in the city's growth as a resident and a public servant.

"Vince was a very unique person," said Don Yates, who served on city council with Kieta. "He was very outgoing and what he told you, that's just the way it was."

Yates said one of Kieta's passions was the development of the Saunders Springs Nature Preserve.

"He worked endless hours on that, he used his own monies and his own equipment," Yates said. "Vincent and Marvin (Logsdon) were the two people in the beginning who really worked at this and made it work. If he (Kieta) dedicated himself to a project, he was totally dedicated to it. That's just the way he was; he was a super guy."

Logsdon said Kieta, who served 15 years on city council, saw the significance of what a nature preserve could bring to the city.

"As a youngster I think that area was a recreation area for him," Logsdon said, "but he saw the value of how the entire community could benefit from it.

"If it hadn't been for him, I don't know if we would have had the money to do it," he added. "He was very instrumental in getting Saunders Springs going. He did a lot of electrical and mechanical work. He did things that nobody else could do."

Kieta also was a past chairman of the Radcliff Forestry and Conservation Board and a lifelong resident. His family was among the first to support incorporation of the community.

Kieta graduated in 1951 from Vine Grove High School and spent 36 years in the Kentucky National Guard. He was called to active duty during the Korean War and stationed in Germany.

Kieta later opened one of the city's first television and radio repair shops and spent more than 25 years in business.

He also was involved in planning and building of the original St. Christopher Church and School and assisted in raising money when a new church was needed.

He was a past recipient of the Ollye Masters Award and Hardin County's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hosparus of Central Kentucky, P.O. Box 2149, Elizabethtown KY 42702-9900; American Cancer Society, 701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203 or City of Radcliff designated for Saunders Spring Nature Preserve, P.O. Drawer 519, Radcliff, KY 40159.


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  • Created by: Gina Reardon-Gaddis
  • Added: 9 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62718815
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Vincent James Kieta (5 Dec 1932–7 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62718815, citing Saint Patrick Cemetery, Fort Knox, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Gina Reardon-Gaddis (contributor 46772796) .