Benjamin R. Keck

Benjamin R. Keck
Benjamin R. Keck

Benjamin R. Keck, 76, of Van Buren, AR, and formerly of Amarillo, TX died Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Ben was born January 20, 1945, in Fort Smith, AR to John and Mary Keck.  Ben came to Amarillo in 1958, attending Amarillo College and West Texas State University.  He served stateside in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Ben began his newspaper career in 1970, as a reporter for the Pampa News, joining the Amarillo Globe-News later that same year.  He also served briefly in broadcast journalism.  His work in journalism garnered numerous awards in both broadcast and print.  Ben assumed the position of night city editor at the Globe-News which put him in charge of the reporting staff and local news content of the morning paper.

Survivors include his brother, Mike Keck, of Amarillo, TX; a son, Jason Keck and wife Kate, Jason’s mother Nan Keck, all of San Antonio, TX.

4 Replies to “Benjamin R. Keck”

  1. I’m Bens cousin Janet Morris Griffith. I hadn’t seen Ben since 2007 in ft. Smith Arkansas . We will miss him . Love you Ben ! I’ll always remember you and thought very highly of you , Mike and our beloved Randy And Aunt Mary . I’m Bens cousin on his dads side uncle John . Who we all called uncle dodo because my oldest brother didn’t know how to say uncle solider my mom tried to get him to say but David would just always say uncle dodo so it stuck. RIP Ben all your cousins will always remember you as we have always remembered you and your brothers our talks about you through the years was always how sweet and smart you always were. We will always love and remember you . Sure would have like visiting more often but I will still talk to you. Love always your cousin Janet

  2. Gary Scharrer, a longtime El Paso Times reporter, just brought Ben’s obit to my attention. We both worked under him for years and lost track of him after he left. A few funny stories still come to mind, like the time when Ben, gray haired with a scraggly beard, was talking to our very attractive cop reporter, April Smith, I think, on the sidewalk outside the Times and Herald Post’s Newspaper Building, when a police officer stopped his car next to them and asked April, “Is this man bothering you?”
    Then there was the time when he assigned a woman reporter named Bobby, to hang out in a graveyard on Halloween to see what kinds of weird things happened. Another famous assignment Bobby caught was to stop people speeding on the I-10 freeway through town and ask them why they speed.
    Bobby completed her assignments I believe and wrote those stories.
    We all agreed that Ben was the classic newspaper man. Wherever he is, I hope he’s still getting his Sunday paper.

  3. I knew Ben when we were on the newspaper staff at Amarillo College. We became great friends. I’m so sad to hear that he passed. RIP Ben.

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