Keäl Gary Reese Ausbrooks

  • Wednesday March 2, 2016
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Keäl Gary Reese Ausbrooks

December 8, 1945 �" February 9, 2016

Native of Alameda, California, Keäl died in his Carmichael, Sacramento County home of lung and heart failure at the age of 70. Keäl was an Alameda High School graduate, and was the oldest of three children of Hubert and Rosa Lee Ausbrooks, originally both of Tennessee, who moved out here in mid-1940s. Keäl is survived by his sister, Anita Chaves, plus several first and second cousins, mostly in Sacramento and the Bay Area.

Keäl worked for Capwell's and Emporium department stores in East Bay, Philadelphia's Bellevue Stratford Hotel in 1960s, and Standard Brands in the Bay Area during the 1970s. Most of his last three decades, until recently, Keäl worked for Kelly-Moore Paints both in San Francisco and most recently, in Citrus Heights.

Keäl will be missed by his friends: Fran, Bill, Charles and Jeannie in Bay Area; Don and Rob in Sacramento; and Percy, Chuck, Curt, and David who now live out of state.

His passions were gambling and bingo; baking superb cheesecake, shortbread, peanut butter cookies, and lemon bars; growing orchids that rarely bloomed, to his frustration; and painting in oils and acrylics, mostly modern, cubic paintings on canvass. He loved reading science fiction novels and watching science fiction, action-adventure and horror-themed movies and television series. He often said looking back on his life, he enjoyed it and had few, if any regrets.

Keäl asked that there be no celebration of his life or funeral services.