Kip Wade Keesey

January 1, 1963March 22, 2013

Kip Wade Keesey, age 50, of Winnetka, Illinois, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at his home. Cremation rites will be accorded. A memorial visitation will held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home in Wilmette, IL. It will be followed by a memorial service at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be left for the family at

Kip was born January 1, 1963, in York, Pennsylvania, the son of Dennis Lee and Judith Ann (Hutcheson) Keesey. He graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa and then received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. He married Catherine Adler on March 11, 1989. They had two children, Caroline Adler and Ben James.

Kip started his career with FCB in Chicago and then went to DDB from where he transferred to Munich, Vienna, London, and back to Chicago. Most recently he was the SVP Director of Business Development for McDonald’s global business. Kip was with DDB for over 22 years.

Kip was a great storyteller who inspired and entertained those around him. He collected art from his travels and loved creative pursuits. He was a dedicated father and loved his children.

Kip is survived by his daughter Caroline, his son Ben, his former wife Catherine, his parents Dennis and Judith, his brother Jon (Tara), his grandmother Emma, and nieces and nephews.

Kip was preceded in death by his sister Kelly, his grandfather James, his grandfather Howard, and his grandmother Olga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jon Keesey, Keesey Education Fund 1713 Forest Hills Drive Dixon, Illinois 61021


  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Peter Beaumont

May 7, 2013

Ysabel Neuhaus

April 5, 2013

To Catherine and the family
It's with great sadness I learned about Kip passing away prematurely. As one of the most inspirational people I ever had the chance to work with, he was always optimistic and with an ability to see opportunities where others only could see problems, bringing a unique aura of happiness to the workplace which none of us who worked with him at DDB will ever forget.
Please accept my sincerest sympathy


March 31, 2013

Kip was always my "cool" cousin. I have early, fond memories riding on the gas tank of his motorcycle in Clinton at Uncle Den and Aunt Judy's. He was such an interesting an engaging guy, so many great stories and sincere advice. He, and you, have been in my thoughts. My condolences.

March 30, 2013

It was one of my nicest time in my life to live with the Keeseys (Kip, Catherine, Line and Ben) for more than two years in Vienna.
Kip was a great man, wonderful father and a real friend.
He was so open and friendly person.
I just can't belive he is gone...
Judy and Dennis, God gives you strength.
Krisztina, from Hungary

Renee Hansen-DiSabatino

March 29, 2013

March 29, 2013

To Catherine and the Keesey family,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We have such great memories of our time in Vienna when we visited our son Todd there. You and Kip were so kind and welcoming to us, eager to show us a good time. He is truly an unforgettable character who will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Please accept our sincerest sympathy.
Dave and Susie Brandes

Julia Heinemann

March 28, 2013

Dear Keesey Family, especially Caroline and Ben!
We are very sorry to hear you have lost a loved wonderful person.
Kip's memory will live on in you. We havn't met him often enough! You are in our thoughts and we wish you strength at this very hard time.
With Love, Julia, Frank, Lucas and Lotta

Brian Weaver

March 28, 2013

The Keesey Family. I was privileged to work with Kip in my international role at McDonald's in the mid 90s.He was a truly wonderful individual, larger than life with a wicked sense of humor. Gone way too soon.
Rest in peace,Mate

March 28, 2013

To Dennis and Judith and Family
I just heard of Kip's passing. So sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed. So young and so much to live for with his young family.
I know he was a great son and terrific Dad; all will have memories.
I will be in touch and I send my love to you all. Prayers and Thoughts to you all.
Love Martha Truax

Jim & JoNett Butler

March 28, 2013

We send our sympathy to the Keesey Family during this difficult time. Kip will certainly be missed and left a wonderful legacy for his children and family with tributes from friends worldwide.