The Sedalia community lost a longtime lawyer and civic leader with the death of Thomas T. Keating on Saturday February 15 at the age of 88.
Keating, who has practiced the law in Sedalia for 50 years, was known for his willingness to help others in all walks of life. Keating was not only a leader in the legal field, but also dedicated himself to serving through his work in numerous civic organizations.
“For me, Tom Keating represented the” gentleman lawyer era “who knew how to take care of his clients,” said longtime family friend Mary McLaughlin on Tuesday from her home outside Chicago. “In turn, his customers could trust him. His word was his bond. “
McLaughlin first met Keating and his wife, Sally, when the couple married in 1966, living alongside McLaughlin’s aunt and uncle.
“They hit me like a good team and the years have only confirmed that first impression,” said McLaughlin. “While Tom excelled in the legal field, Sally was a talented teacher at Smith-Cotton High School … I think I will always see Sally and Tom together – both making life in the wider Sedalia community better for all of us.”
A Sacred Heart High School graduate, Keating attended St. Louis University and graduated in law in 1955. After two years of service in the US Army during which he was stationed in Germany, Keating returned to Sedalia in 1957 to begin. his legal practice.
According to his obituary, in 1958 mr. Keating became partner of the lawyer Henry Salveter. In 1962, he teamed up with James E. Durley to found the Durley and Keating law firm. Keating practiced in front of Pettis County Courthouse Square in central Sedalia and specialized in succession work.
Although he has not faced Keating in court on many occasions, Sedalia’s attorney Chris Spangler, whose offices were once next to Keating’s, spoke of respect for others Keating.
“Tom was well thought out in the legal community,” Spangler noted. “He was highly appreciated and respected. He was very good at his field of practice and well thought out by judges and lawyers in the area. “
At the time of his retirement from his legal activity in December 2008, Keating was Sedalia’s oldest practicing lawyer.
Keating was a member of the Missouri Legislature from 1960 to 1964. He joined the State Fair Community College Foundation Board since 1986. Keating was both treasurer of the SFCC board of directors and provided legal advice to the college. .
It was one of many ways Keating returned to the community. Keating was also a member of the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce, Sedalia United Way, American Heart Association and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Keating is survived by his wife, Sally, a son Brad and his wife, Lorraine, and two daughters, Sarah Keating and Caroline Keating Twenter, and three grandchildren, Campbell Keating, Katherine Keating and Maya Twenter.
A Christian burial mass will be held at the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart of Sedalia at 10:30 am on Friday 21 February. The family will receive friends at the McLaughlin funeral chapel in Sedalia from 18:30 to 20:00. Thursday 20 February. A private burial will later be in the Calvary Cemetery.