Keith Sasseen

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Keith Sasseen

Keith Sasseen Keith Dale Sasseen, 78, of Ottumwa died at 11:37 p.m. December 2, 2018 at Hospice House.
He was born March 1, 1940 in Fairfield to A. Dale and Rosamond Bernice Hadley Sasseen. He married Phyllis Gould September 13, 1959 and she preceded him in death March 17, 1981. He married Barbara Fjelstul June 11, 2005.
A graduate of Richland High School in 1957, he earned his B.A. from Iowa Wesleyan in 1961, his M.A. in General Administration from Northeast Missouri State in 1966 and had attended the University of Iowa pursuing his PhD. Keith worked for his parents at Sasseen Plumbing and Heating. He was a teacher, coach and principal at Pekin Community Schools from 1961 - 1968. He then worked as an elementary principal for Keota Community Schools from 1968 - 1972. He was the Superintendent of Schools for Keota Community Schools from 1972 - 1995 and for Sigourney Community School from 1984 - 1995; serving two school districts at the same time as Joint Superintendent longer than anyone else in the nation. Keith then worked for Indian Hills Community College as Executive Vice President, retiring in 2006.
He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Richland Lodge #38 A.F. & A.M., Richland Lions Club, National Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa, the Child Advocacy Board, Ottumwa Economic Development Board and recently 100 Men on a Mission in Ottumwa.
Surviving is his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Michelle (Ron) Alm of Colorado and D'an Sasseen of West Des Moines; 3 step-children, Paul Wettestad, Lara (Cary) Justmann and Phillip (Jeri Jean) Wettestad; 6 grandchildren, Madeline Alm, Landon Alm, Alan Wettestad, Hannah Oakie, Sawyer Wettestad and Emersen Wettestad.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Richland United Methodist Church with Pastor Frosty VanVoorst officiating. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery in Richland.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Masonic Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Indian Hills Community College Foundation or Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.
Published on December 3, 2018
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6 posts

Nolan Schwada
Dec 06, 2018
Prayers to all the family.I worked for Keith for 10 years at Keota schools.I was fortunate to have both daughters in band. Many good memories. Especially Dee and Jean Roegner in the almost all female trombone section!!!!!
Ron and Mary Graeff
Dec 04, 2018
So sad to hear about Keith. He was truly bi a great guy. Thinking of you Barb. The Graeff family
Kathi Harding McKinney
Dec 04, 2018
My deepest sympathies for your loss. Mr. Sasseen was so well known and liked by the Keota community.

Kathi Harding McKinney
(daughter of Joe & Helen Harding)
Cindy Trainer. ( terrace hill cleaners )
Dec 04, 2018
Barbara iam so sorry for your loss. Heaven has received one special man. He was a real jocker really liked this guy. He had a way of making me laugh . He will be missed. R.I.P. KEITH.
Sally Harris
Dec 04, 2018
My heart has another hole in it. I worked with Keith at Indians Hills for 9 years. We argued and we laughed! And both were fun. Your commitment to all levels of education in Iowa was generous and sincere. Keith, you made southeast Iowa a better place.
Andrea Hultman Striegel
Dec 04, 2018
My sympathies to the family of Keith Sasseen. Keith raised a wonderful family and his dedication to the Keota Community School District will never be forgotten. Prayers to all.