The Tri-County Obituary Project

Huerfano County, Pueblo County, and Las Animas County, Colorado.

The Tri-County Obituary Project Coordinator is Louise Adams .
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Keach, Lewis Elwood
Lewis Elwood Keach - Pueblo Chieftain - March 06, 1986 - Lewis Elwood Keach, late of Pueblo, died March 5, 1986, at a local nursing home. Survived by his wife, Ruth, of the family home; son, Tom (Louise) Keach; daughter, Barbara (Robert) Kay, all of Pueblo. Also survived by five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Born Aug. 25, 1902, in Livermore, Colo. Pueblo resident since 1928. Employed by Safeway Stores from 1929 to 1967, when he retired as manager of the Northern and Orman store. Member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Graveside service, 3 p.m. today, Mountain View Cemetery, with the Rev. Robert Mace officiating. Memorials may be made to the church building fund. At his request, no viewing.

Kearin, John
John Kearin - Walsenburg World – August 25, 1910 - Died at Pryor, Colo., on Sunday August 21, 1910, John Kearin, age 23 years.

Kearney, Dale F.
Agent Dale F. Kearney - Walsenburg World - July 1930 - Agent Dale F. Kearney, U. S. Department of Justice - Agent Kearney received an anonymous call warning him to leave certain bootleg places in Aguilar and Trinidad alone. Two days later, on Saturday evening, July 5, 1930, he was summoned from his house and followed a vehicle from Trinidad to Aguilar. Kearney's car overheated, so he stopped at the Aguilar Motor Co. shortly before midnight. J. G. Lile found a loose coupling on the oil line which had caused the car to overheat. Lile went into the Alpine Rose Cafe, called for a tow truck and ate a sandwich. At about midnight, he started to return to his vehicle. Shortly after that, shots were heard and Kearney's dead body was found with 16 bullet wounds. The murderers are unknown, but thought to be bootleggers that Kearney was investigating.

Kearney, John
John Kearney - Boulder Daily Camera - May 28, 1896 - Bill Watt Dead - The Slayer of John Kearney Dies in the Insane Asylum. William Watt, slayer of John Kearney in a card game in a Lyons saloon, and sentenced by Judge Downer to ten years at Canon City, died in the insane asylum at Pueblo last night, having been taken there some weeks ago by reason of apparent insanity due to softening of the brain. Notwithstanding his conviction for so terrible a crime as murder, there are men in Colorado who will sincerely regret Watt's death. He was defended by Hon. Lafe Pence, given a fair trial, and, probably, justly convicted. However, his crime was due to liquor and he was inoffensive and generous when at himself.

Kearney, May D.
May D. Kearney - Pueblo Chieftain - May 23, 1999 - May D. Kearney, 97, passed away May 18, 1999. Survived by her niece, Virginia Henkel of California- nephews, Bob Wright of California and Sam Wright of Arkansas- numerous great-nephews and great-nieces. Preceded in death by her husband, Gerard L. Kearney on Sept. 14, 1969. Born on July 23, 1901, in Pueblo. Mrs. Kearney graduated from Canon City High School. She received her college degree from Normal College in Gunnison, Colo., which later became Western State College. She was a respected and admired school teacher of 45years, retiring in 1966. She taught in one room school houses throughout Colorado and later spent most of her teaching career at Columbian Elementary School. She was a member of Broadway Christian Church. Mrs. Kearney was also a member and held offices for the American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans Auxiliary, VFW, DAV Auxiliary, Girls State, Church Women United and American Association of University Women. Not only was she involved in many organizations and concerned with Veterans' affairs, she also enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening. At her request, there will be no viewing. Funeral service will beheld 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 24, 1999, at Broadway Christian Church, 206Broadway, with Pastor Hal Hartman officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Keas, Dick
Dick Keas - Pueblo Chieftain - January 13, 1995 - Dick Keas, Pueblo, Jan. 10, Imperial. Pueblo Chieftain - January 14, 1995 - Memorial service, 3 p.m., Sunday at Imperial Funeral Home Chapel.

Keast, Velma L.
Velma L. Keast - Pueblo Chieftain - January 07, 2004 - Velma L. Keast, 82, passed away Jan. 5, 2003. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium.

Keating, Edith E.
Edith E. Keating - Pueblo Chieftain - July 20, 1999 - Edith E. Keating, 81, passed away July 18, 1999. Preceded by husband, William B. Keating, in 1994- and son, William R. Keating, in December 1993. Survived by her daughter, Elaine Kochevar, Winnemucca, Nev. - grandchildren, Ronn Kochevar, Teri Jean Moody, Rick Kochevar, Robert Keating, Jenelle Bermeosolo, Scott Keating, Heather Fix, Kayleen Nielson, and Edith Keating. Also survived by 12 great-grandchildren- and her brothers-in-law, Joseph (Lola) Keating of Colorado Springs, Glynn (Shirley) Keating, Covina, Calif., and Albert (Arlene) Keating of Elko, Nev. She was a member of Christ the King Church- PEO- Beta Sigma Phi, and Colorado Laureate Alpha Sigma. She was an avid gardener and retired from the Alamosa School District in 1983. Funeral Mass, noon Wednesday, Christ the King Church, with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society. Viewing hours are 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Keating, John A.
John A. Keating - Pueblo Chieftain - June 28, 1986 - John A. Keating, passed away June 23, 1986, in California. He was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Pueblo. Veteran of World War II fighter pilots. Survived by wife, Lillian; sons, John Steven and James; daughter, Kathleen; mother and father, James and Constance Bench; brother, Marion; and cousins Kay Keating of Beulah, and John Francis Keating of Pueblo. Services were held June 27 in Yorba Linda, Calif.

Keating, June Marie
June Marie Keating - Pueblo Chieftain - September 11, 1998 - June Marie Keating, 58, entered into eternal life on Sept. 5, 1998. She was born June 18, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the union of George Charles and Ruth Josephine Rolfe Keating. They precede her in death. June was the beloved mother of Mary Mraz-Bly (Corey Bly) and Stephen James Mraz, both of Pueblo, and Shawn (Celena) Mraz of Elyria, Ohio. Also surviving are three grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. She was a Pueblo resident for the past 11 years. , 7:30 p.m. today at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2827 Lakeview Ave., Father Ben Bacino officiating. Family will receive friends at 1900 W. 12th St. following the service.

Keating, Weldon
Weldon Keating - Wray Gazette - October 18, 1907 - Pioneer Crosses Divide - Pueblo - Weldon Keating, one of Pueblo's oldest citizens, died October 13th, after an illness of several days. Keating came to Pueblo in 1865. He was one of the first councilmen of the incorporated city and was twice mayor in the early days. For ten years he was superintendent of the water service. When a young man Mr. Keating came to Colorado, and in the day carried the first mail by stage from Atchison, Kansas, to Salt Lake, Utah. He was later superintendent for the Harlow & Sanderson stage line from Denver to Bent's Fort. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Keator, Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole Keator - Pueblo Chieftain - March 25, 1987 - Amy Nicole Keator, passed away March 18, 1987, In Germany. Survived by, her parents, Norman and Karen Keator; brothers, Douglas Keator, Aaron Keator, and Steven Keator, all of Germany; grandparents, Lowell and Neva Keator and Glen and Theda Dennis, Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Born Dec. 20, 1979, in Las Vegas, Nev. Graveside, service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 1987, at Roselawn Cemetery, with the Rev. Dan Lyons officiating. There will be no viewing. Those who desire may make memorials to the Institute for the Advancement for Human Potential, 8801 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118. The family will receive friends at Grace Community Bible Church, Lane 25 and County Farm Road, immediately following the service.

Keator, Duane
Duane Keator - Pueblo Chieftain - January 05, 2004 - Duane Keator, 71, passed away Jan. 3, 2004. Preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lucille Keator; and by his in-laws, Frank and Grace Genova. Survived by his wife, Antionette Keator; children, Mary Beth (Stacy) McQueen and Donna (Tony) Richey, both of Avondale; grandchildren, Brenden Richey, Evan and Erin McQueen; sister, Eleanor Faye Burton, Pueblo; brothers, Lowell (Neva) Keator, Pueblo and Wallace (Delores) Keator, Couer d'Alene, Idaho; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Duane was a switchman for the C&W Railroad and also farmed in the Avondale area. Visitation, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at the Pueblo Christian Center. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Keator, E. Lucille
E. Lucille Keator - Pueblo Chieftain - March 03, 1986 - Mrs. E. Lucille Keator, formerly of 744 Belmont, Pueblo, and daughter of the pioneer family of Marshal E. Berg who homesteaded north of Ordway in 1914. She was born on July 7, 1898, in Mount Erie, Ill., where she spent her childhood and was the daughter of Marshal E. and Lucy Galbraith Berg, marrying Raymond W. Keator in March 1918. She taught school north of Ordway and in Crowley County, later moving to Pueblo where they owned the Certified Bakery on the Mesa Junction. Born to this union were Faye Eleanor Keator Burton, Lowell R. (Neva) Keator, M. Duane (Antonette) Keator, all of Pueblo, and Wallace (Dolores) Keator, Hayden Lake, Idaho. She is survived by 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; sisters, Georgia A. Smith and Fay (Harvey) Rusk of Pueblo; brothers, Calvin (Betty) Keator, Pacific Grove, Calif., and Robert (Carmelita) Keator, Pueblo; sister-in-law, Alys Berg, Pueblo, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents and two brothers, Frank Berg and Joe E. Berg. Member of Pueblo Christian Center where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday with pastors James Maley and Darrel Madsen officiating. The family may be contacted at 19 Cambridge, Apt. A, or 35676 Hillside Lane. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery.

Keator, Neva L.
Neva L. Keator - Pueblo Chieftain - September 01, 2004 - Neva L. Keator, 80, passed away Aug. 28, 2004. Survived by her husband, Lowell Keator, of the family home in Vineland; brother, Warren Picklum of Cedar Falls, Iowa; sisters, Laura Tyner and Martha Canum, both of Delta, Colo., and Luanna (Peter) Golinski of Penney Farms, Fla.; brother-in-law, Wallace (Delores) Keator of Coeur-d'Alene, Idaho; sister-in-law, Antoinette Keator of Boone, Colo.; eight children, Norman (Alice) Keator of Albuquerque, N.M., Michael (Susan) Keator of Mesa, Ariz., Sarah MacClary of Junction City, Ore., Charlotte (Michael Boyd) Keator of Littleton, Colo., Paul (Denise) Keator of Vineland, Frances (Tom) Beaudette of Rye, Colo., Jeanne (Steve) Stewart of Pueblo, and James (Mary Ann Korson) Keator of Vineland; 32 grandchildren (two deceased); nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Neva was born to Charles and Ruth Picklum on Dec. 30, 1923, in Ordway, Colo. She and Lowell married on April 6, 1947, raised their children with much love, instilled a deep personal faith in God and responsibility which maintaining a farm required. Member of Grace Community Church where she served as the organist and pianist for many years. Neva was very active in the Vineland community and PTA. She will long be remembered for her sweet spirit, loving smile and willing hands. Viewing from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the family present from 4 until 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at Grace Community Church, 1405 25th Lane. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Keator, Viola C.
Viola C. "Aunt Cissy" Keator - Pueblo Chieftain - August 19, 2005 - Viola C. "Aunt Cissy" Keator, 92, passed away Aug. 17, 2005. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rhoda Allen and Zora Ada Evans; husband, Robert H. Keator; sisters, Luella Bowman, Thelma Dibble and Gertrude Frost. Survived by nieces, Valarie (Alvin) Fellman, Shirley (Fred) Rodgers, Joan (Nelson) Goering; nephews, J.C. Bowman and Allen (Rosalie) Frost. Also survived by numerous great and great-great-nieces and -nephews. Viola was a member of the Eastern Star No. 57, Carbondale, Colo., and San Isabel White Shrine No. 7 and she also was a volunteer at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center for many years. Donations may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice or Lake Avenue Baptist Church in memory of Viola through the funeral home. Viewing will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at the funeral home. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at Lake Avenue Baptist Church with interment to follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Kebler, Julian A.
Julian A. Kebler – Akron Weekly Pioneer Press – December 4, 1903 – The body of Julian A. Kebler, ex-president of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, who died at Denver November 20th, was cremated at Chicago November 23d.

Keck, Gerald M.
Gerald M. Keck - Pueblo Chieftain - December 19, 1986 - Gerald M. Keck, late of Rocky Ford, passed away Dec. 17, 1986, in Pueblo. Mr. Keck is survived by his wife, Lottie Keck, of the family home; three sons, Ronald (Dixie) Keck of Pueblo, Gary (Linda) Keck of Arizona, and Layne Keck of Nevada; four sisters, Geneve Allman, Ethyl Johnson, Arleene Touslee, and Laurel Allman; two brothers, Wayne Keck and Harold Keck; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Noel Deardoff and Byron Keck. Cremation. A memorial service win be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, with the Revs. Johnny Norris and Les Dobbins officiating. The family respectfully requests the omission of flowers. The family may be contacted at 809 S, Seventh St., Rocky Ford, following the memorial service.

Keck, Leonard
Leonard Keck – Telluride Daily Journal – March 16, 1906 – Frightful Wreck – Fast Passenger Trains Meet in Head On Collision – Note: Leonard Keck is listed among the dead of the Adobe Train Disaster, March 16, 1906. Leonard Keck: Believed to have been from Quincy, Illinois. Source: Colorado newspaper coverage. See Adobe Train Wreck, 1906 for in depth coverage of this disaster.

Keck, Ron
Ron Keck - Pueblo Chieftain - December 11, 2003 - Ron Keck, passed away December 9, 2003. Preceded in death by his father, Gerald Keck. Survived by his mother, Lottie Keck, wife, Dixie Keck; children, Shannon (Kirk) Pike, Rocky (Kerrie) Keck all of Pueblo; brothers, Layne (Kathy) Keck of Las Vegas, Nev., Gary (Karen) Keck of Kingsman, Ariz., Dennis Benson of Pueblo; grandchildren Sharnel Pike, Bret Pike, Jordyn Keck, Seth Pike and Chloe Keck of Pueblo. Family requests no flowers. Will receive family and friends at 1401 Baxter St. on Saturday, December 13, 2003 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kee, Yee Sing
Yee Sing Kee - Akron Pioneer Press - February 16, 1917 - Wealthy Chinese Porter Dies. Yee Sing Kee, 51 years old, a native of Canton, China, and a familiar figure on the streets of Pueblo for many years, died in a local hospital following a short illness. The deceased had worked as a porter in business houses and amassed a small fortune, a part of which is represented in his home.

Keeler, Marjorie A.
Marjorie A. (Tomsick) Keeler - Pueblo Chieftain - March 09, 2000 - Marjorie A. (Tomsick) Keeler, 89, of Pueblo, entered this life March 8, 1911, and departed this life March 8, 2000. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack Keeler; brother, J. Rudy Tomsick; and sister, Anna Lee Lyle. She is survived by two sisters, Mary Jean Dawson and Josephine Mitchell of Pueblo; and brother, William Tomsick of Denver. Also survived by nieces and nephews, JoAnne (Mike) Pounds and Jackie Schuster, all of Pueblo, Terry Tomsick and Douglas (Sue) Danielson of Denver, Sammy (Barb) Shurtz of Texas; and sister-in-law, Helen Tomsick. Marjorie dedicated 41 years to educating our youth at Keating Junior High, Central High School and finally retiring as a counselor from South High School. She was a lifetime member of the Shrine of St. Therese. Graveside service, 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, Roselawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Marjorie Keeler to the building fund, Shrine of St. Therese, 300 Goodnight Ave., Pueblo, Colo., 81004.

Keeling, Charles
Charles "Bud" Keeling - Huerfano World - March 4, 1999 - Charles "Bud" Keeling, 70, of La Veta, died February 24, 1999. Born June 24, 1928 in Alamo Coal Camp, the son of Charles W. and Viola Pearl Keeling, he was a lifelong rancher in La Veta and enjoyed his horses, helping numerous friends and neighbors and the time spent with his family. Survivors include two sons, Jon Keeling and Sam Keeling, both of La Veta; two daughters, Susan Shinn, Pueblo West and Katie Keeling Walsenburg; a brother Jim Keeling, Walsenburg, a sister Vera Murphy, Monument, NM; two grandchildren, one great grandchild. His wife, Marjorie, preceded him in death. Funeral service was from First Baptist Church in La Veta, Burial was in Keeling Cemetery in La Veta. Military honors by the Veterans Ritual Team of Pueblo.

Keeling, James Barbour
James Barbour Keeling - Signature - July 12, 2001 - James was born in Texas on Oct. 21, 1926, to Charles and Violet Keeling.  He was the oldest of four children.  James passed away July 10, 2001, at 2 a.m. in Denver, Colo.  He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Keeling, Huerfano County; his sister, Vera Murphy, New Mexico; his two sons,  Russel Keeling,  La Veta , and Robert Keeling, Hinton, Okla.; two loving daughters Patsy Claire and Janice Soloman, Denver, husband Joe Soloman, Jim's best friend.  He had six grandchildren: Eric Keeling, Jessica Keeling, Leah Keeling, Stephanie Layfield, Joseph R. Soloman, Dean Soloman and one great-granddaughter, McKenna Layfield, and numerous nieces and nephews.  James joined the navy and served his country in WWII.  He was a long time resident of Huerfano County where he was a successful builder and rancher.  He was an avid sportsman, he was a charter member of Colorado Trappers Association and life member of the NRA.  James was an original member of  the Huerfano County Search and Rescue team.  The memorial service will be held at La Veta Methodist Church on Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m.   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jim Keeling Memorial Find at First National Bank of Trinidad.  The contributions will benefit young outdoorsmen in Huerfano County.

Keeling, LaVon June
LaVon June Keeling - Huerfano World - February 18, 1999 - LaVon June Keeling of Pueblo, formerly of Walsenburg, died February 11, 1999 in Belmont Lodge where she was a resident. Born May 8, 1935 in the Alamo Coal Camp to Charles W. and Violet Heltzer Keeling, Ms. Keeling became disabled at the age of 13 and required constant supervision. She is survived by two brothers, James Keeling, Walsenburg and Charles Keeling, Jr. La Veta; a sister, Vera Mae Murphy, New Mexico, numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service Saturday at 1 p.m. from the La Veta Baptist Church, Cremation. Burial in La Veta Cemetery.

Keeling, Marjorie
Marjorie Keeling - Huerfano World - January 14, 1993 - Funeral service for Marjorie Opal Keeling, 59, of La Veta and San Pablo, will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the La Veta Baptist Church. Mrs. Keeling died Monday, Jan. 11, 1993, of an apparent heart attack while gathering wood at her San Pablo home. Born in Towner Sept. 16, 1933, as a small child she came with her parents, John and Opal Hunsinger Bailey to La Veta where her father ranched. She was reared in La Veta and graduated from La Veta High School in 1951. She continued her education for two years at Pueblo junior College and also attended business school. She married Charles "Bud" Keeling Feb. 7, 1954. She worked with her husband as a partner in the ranching and construction business. About three years ago, they purchased a ranch in San Pablo and she spent part of the time there managing the operation. Survivors include her husband, Charles, La Veta; four children, Sam and Jon Scott, La Veta; Katie, Las Cruces, NM, and Susan, Pueblo; two grandchildren; five brothers, Maurice Bailey, Ranchester, WY, Freeman Bailey, La Veta, Richard Bailey, Walsenburg, Kenneth and Dr. James Bailey, Pueblo West; numerous nieces and nephews. Burial will be on the Keeling Ranch.

Keeling, Viola
Viola Keeling - Huerfano World - February 1981 - Mrs. Viola Keeling, 77, of Hobbs, NM formerly, of La, Veta, died Wednesday Feb. 4, 1981, of complications following surgery. Born at Emporia, KS, May 8, 1903 she lived there until five years of age when her parents moved to La Junta where she was educated. She married Charles. W. Keeling Sr. in 1921. They lived in La Veta Where Keeling worked and later operated his own construction business. Mr. Keeling died in 1976. For the past three and a half years, Mrs. Keeling had been living near her daughter at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Hobbs. Surviving are two sons, Charles "Bud" Keeling, La Veta and James Keeling, Walsenburg; two daughters, Mrs. Vera Murphy, Hobbs and Vonnie Keeling, Pueblo; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral service was Sunday at La Veta Baptist Church. Burial was in La Veta Cemetery. Boies Almont was in charge of arrangements.

Keelon, John J.
John J. Keelon - Brandon News - August 4, 1921 - Benjamin Wilfong, 50 years old, a homesteader living with his wife seventeen miles south of Las Animas, is in the county jail at Las Animas, charged with the killing of John J. Keelon, a neighbor, about the same age, over a boundary line fence through a tract of pasture land. After the killing, which took place in Wilfong's yard, Wilfong telephoned to Sheriff Thaxson that he was willing to surrender.

Keen, Charlie Frank
Charlie Frank Keen - Pueblo Chieftain - May 21, 2000 - Charlie Frank Keen, age 75, retired from C&W Transportation with 36 years of service. He was a member of the Pueblo Aerie No. 145 (FOE). He passed away May 18, 2000, at the family home. Preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Estelle Keen; and brothers, Jack, Luther and Bill Keen. Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Shirley A. (Pugel) Keen; and children, Charlie J. Keen, Alan Keen, Shirleen (Jim) Phillips and William (Maureen) Keen. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation, Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Mass, Monday, 10 a.m., Holy Family Church. Entombment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of food and flowers, please make donations to Sangre de Cristo Hospice in care of the funeral home office.

Keen, Dorothy Jane
Dorothy Jane Keen - Pueblo Chieftain - February 20, 2000 - Dorothy Jane Keen, 90, passed away Feb. 18, 2000. She was born in Denver on Oct. 31, 1909. She graduated from Whittier High School, Whittier, Calif., in 1927, and in 1932 from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She worked as a social worker in Pueblo for over 30 years, first with the Family Service Agency and later with the Pueblo County Juvenile Court. She specialized in youth services and was responsible for over 200 adoptions and placements of foster children in the Pueblo area. Dorothy's husband, Charles F. Keen, preceded her in death in 1967, as did her infant daughter, Sally, in 1936. Charles Keen was a practicing attorney, district attorney, and later a federal bankruptcy judge, all in Pueblo. Dorothy is survived by three children, Charles F. Keen Jr., an Episcopal minister in Dallas, and his wife, Judith; Victor Keen, an attorney in Philadelphia, and his wife, Jeanne; and Raymond Keen, a school psychologist in Puyallup, Wash., and his wife, Kemme. She is also survived by adopted niece, Morgan Keen Hecht, a clinical social worker in Omaha, Neb., and her husband, Walter; and five grandchildren. Funeral Eucharist, 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at Ascension Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the YWCA shelter for abused women.

Keene, Thomas A.
Thomas A. Keene – Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph – June 23, 1973 – Father, Son Die in Crash – Trinidad – A Colorado Springs father and son were killed Friday afternoon in a one-car rollover one-mile south of the Huerfano-Las Animas County line. Thomas L. Keene, 61, and his son, Thomas A., 13, both of 1120 Rainier Drive, were killed instantly when the car driven by the older Keene left the road. Paula K. Keene, 52, step-mother of the younger Keene, and her step-daughter, Sandra A., 15, were taken to Mt. San Rafael Hospital here for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. Mrs. Keene underwent emergency surgery to repair a ruptured bowel while Sandra suffered a severe broken left foot, broken right shoulder blade, and a concussion. Both are listed in good condition by a hospital spokesman.

Keene, Thomas L.
Thomas L. Keene – Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph – June 23, 1973 – Father, Son Die in Crash – Trinidad – A Colorado Springs father and son were killed Friday afternoon in a one-car rollover one-mile south of the Huerfano-Las Animas County line. Thomas L. Keene, 61, and his son, Thomas A., 13, both of 1120 Rainier Drive, were killed instantly when the car driven by the older Keene left the road. Paula K. Keene, 52, step-mother of the younger Keene, and her step-daughter, Sandra A., 15, were taken to Mt. San Rafael Hospital here for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. Mrs. Keene underwent emergency surgery to repair a ruptured bowel while Sandra suffered a severe broken left foot, broken right shoulder blade, and a concussion. Both are listed in good condition by a hospital spokesman.

Keener, Grace M.
Grace M. Keener - Pueblo Chieftain - December 7, 1987 - Grace M. Keener passed away at a local hospital on Dec. 5, 1987. Daughter of William and Emma L. Welch, Norris City, Ill. Resident of Presbyterian Towers for 22 years and was preceded in death by her husband, Stanly in 1976 and three brothers, Lawrence, Glen and Alfred Welch; a sister-in-law, Elsa A. Welch. Survived by a nephew, Raymond Welch, Phoenix, Ariz., and nieces, Martha L. Witt, Elgin, Ill., and Lou Burkhardt, Park Forest, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Della Welch and Clara M. Welch. Member of the First United Methodist Church; Volunteers at Parkview Episcopal Hospital and the Eastern Star. Visitation on Monday from noon until 9 p.m. and Tuesday morning until time of service. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Rouch Chapel with the Rev. Edward W. Paup officiating. Interment will follow at Imperial Memorial Gardens.

Keeney, Charles
Charles "Buzz" Keeney - Pueblo Chieftain - February 11, 2005 - Charles "Buzz" Keeney passed away Feb. 9, 2005, in Pueblo. He was born in Pueblo on Nov. 4, 1918, and was employed for many years by the Santa Fe Railroad here. Mr. Keeney's survivors include his wife of 65 years, Doris; one son, Charles (Connie) Keeney of Colorado Springs; a brother, Ray; one grandson; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. There will be no public viewing or services.

Keeney, Claris V.
Claris V. Keeney - Pueblo Chieftain - January 23, 2002 - Age 76, lifetime resident of Pueblo, entered eternal life on Monday, Jan. 21, 2002. Claris was the bookkeeper and office manager of Kwik Way Stores until her retirement. She was a graduate of Centennial High School in 1944. Claris loved her family, and was very proud of her grandsons. She loved her animals — cats and dogs; and she especially enjoyed the birds in the wild. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Clarence Potter; brother, Jimmy Potter; and her sister, Molly Landorf. Claris was the beloved mother of Kathy (Doyle) Cooper and Ray (Janet) Keeney Jr. She was the grandmother of Darren and Kent Cooper; and the sister of John (Wanda) Potter. She is survived by numerous other nieces, nephews and friends. Viewing, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday. Funeral service, 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, St. Peter Episcopal Church, Father Jim Bimbi officiating. Interment, Mountain View. The family will greet friends and relatives at a reception held in the St. Peter Parish Hall following the interment. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to Animal Welfare, 3240 West Eighth, Pueblo, CO 81003.

Keeney, Franklin Dee
Franklin Dee Keeney - Pueblo Chieftain - March 06, 1999 - Franklin Dee Keeney passed away March 4, 1999, in Pueblo. Franklin was born in Pueblo on March 4, 1933, to Newton Keeney and Mary Jane (Armstrong) Keeney and retired from the CF&I Steel Mill in 1984. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Franklin is survived by his wife, Helen- children, Frankie Keeney Jr., Terry (Penny) Keeney of Thornton, Barbara (Jim) Williams of Pueblo, Donna (Louie) Dickens of Arizona, Sherry (Gene) Moore of Oklahoma, Mary Lou (Ken) Dickey of Denver and Mary Jane Keeney of Pueblo- one brother, Charles (Doris) Keeney of Denver- numerous nieces and nephews- and good friends, including Alvin and Ellen Ready. There will be no viewing. Cremation in the Davis Crematory. The family may be contacted from noon to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 7, 1999, at 33550 Highway 96 East No. 107.

Keep, Felix
Felix Keep - Pueblo Chieftain - July 13, 1972 - Felix Keep. Mass of Resurrection 9 a.m. today, St. Joseph Church, Blende. Interment, Roselawn. Family may be contacted at 1917 Liberty Drive.

Keep, Ralph E.
Ralph E. Keep – Newspaper Unknown – September 1999 - Ralph E. Keep, Korean Conflict Veteran, Jan. 22, 1933 - Sept. 12, 1999 – Fort Collins, Colorado - Lifetime Colorado resident Ralph E. Keep, a resident of Fort Collins for 44 years, died on Sunday, Sept. 12, 1999, in the Poudre Valley Hospital at the age of 66. Ralph E. Keep, the son of Charles Keep and Concetta (Morone) Keep, was born on Jan. 22, 1933, at St. Charles Mesa, Colo. During his childhood, Ralph was raised in both Montrose and Pueblo. He attended school in Pueblo. During the Korean Conflict, he served his country in the Tank Division of the United States Army. Ralph married Dorothy E. Freeman on June 16, 1955, in Greeley, Colo. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters and they celebrated 44 loving years of marriage this year in June. Ralph was employed as a mobile home park manager. He was a member and served as Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1881 in Cheyenne, Wyo.; and belonged to Montrose Elks Lodge No. 1053. Ralph especially enjoyed going to Cloverleaf Dog Track. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy E. Keep, of Fort Collins; and two daughters: Kaycene Hulbert and Roxanne Harris, both of Fort Collins. Ralph was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren: Jessica, Jillian, Gary Lee, Teri Jo, Kaylene, and Brenda; and the great-grandfather of nine great-grandchildren. Other family survivors include one sister, Mary Sanders, of Modesto, Calif. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. Memorial Services to honor and celebrate Ralph's life will be officiated on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Bohlender Funeral Chapel at Fort Collins, with Military Honors being conducted by American Legion George Beach Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans. Cremation has taken place, with arrangements being handled under the direction of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, Colo. 80524; telephone 970/482-4244. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to: Ralph E. Keep Memorial Fund, c/o Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, Colo. 80524.

Kees, W. Ronald
W. Ronald Kees - Pueblo Chieftain - September 10, 1987 - W. Ronald Kees of Canon City, Sept. 7, 1987. Service, 2 p.m. Thursday, Wilson Almont Chapel. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery with military honors.

Keeth, Brandon
Brandon Keeth - Huerfano World - December 22, 2005 - Brandon Keeth, of Evergreen, CO entered into rest Dec. 13, 2005. He was born July 23, 1973 in Guyman, OK. He was 32 years of age. Brandon is survived by his wife Kimberly Keeth; children, Jessica and Kalley Keeth. Parents, Kathy (Andy) Popejoy of Walsenburg and Gary Keeth of Trinidad. Sister, Ginger Ovinek of Florence. Mr. Keeth was a structural engineer and loved scuba diving, videotaping and spending time with his daughters and his golden retriever. A beautiful funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 17. Arrangements were entrusted to the loving care of Johnson-Romero Funeral Home.

Keever, Virginia Marie
Virginia Marie Keever - Pueblo Chieftain - November 03, 1998 - Virginia Marie Keever, 66, passed away Nov. 2, 1998, at Westwind Village. She was born Feb. 6, 1932, in New Mexico. At her request, Cremation. Service at a later time.

Keffeler, Robert O.
Robert O. Keffeler - LeMars Daily Sentinel – December 24, 2003 – LeMars, Iowa - Robert O. Keffeler, 68, of Le Mars and formerly of Remsen, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars of complications from pneumonia. Robert O. Keffeler was born April 4, 1935, at rural Remsen, the son of Clarence and Rose Marie (Schmitz) Keffeler. He was raised in the Remsen area and received his education at St. Mary's Catholic School from which he graduated in 1953. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Denver, Colo., Madison, Wis., and Newfoundland. He worked for various trucking firms throughout his lifetime including Arens and Jaminet Trucking and Bituminous, all of Remsen, Wells' Dairy of Le Mars, Adams Truck Lines of Council Bluffs, and Herman Brothers Truck Lines of Louisville, Neb. Bob enjoyed truck driving and drove coast-to-coast. Survivors include his mother, Rose Marie of Remsen; one brother, Jim and his wife, Jeanne of La Veta, Colo.; two sisters and their husbands, Rosie and Jim Staab and Mary and Paul Ahlers all of Remsen; three nieces, Tammy Keffeler and her husband, Tom Lemcke of Arvada, Colo., Amanda and Jessica Ahlers, both of Remsen; six nephews, Mike and his wife, Robin Keffeler of Longmont, Colo., John and his wife, Erin Staab of Champaign, Ill., Nick and his wife, Deb Staab of Marcus, Mark Staab of Remsen, Matt Ahlers of Ankeny and Steve Ahlers of Ames. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence; and one nephew, Lucas Ahlers. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Friday), at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the funeral home. Casket bearers will be Don, Jerry, Joe and Mike Keffeler, Nick Staab and Steve Ahlers.

Keffeler, Rose M.
Rose M. Keffeler - LeMars Daily Sentinel – December 16, 2004 – LeMars, Iowa - Rose Marie Keffeler, 87, of Remsen, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at her home in Remsen. Rose Marie Keffeler was born Dec. 10, 1917, at rural Remsen, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Letsche) Schmitz. Rosie was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at the Remsen Public School. On Nov. 29, 1934, she married Clarence Keffeler at Remsen. They farmed in the Marcus area before moving to a farm near Remsen which she was active in helping operate. They also sold DeKalb seed corn which she continued to do until her retirement in January 1977 when she moved into Remsen. Clarence died Jan. 30, 1974. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the church Guild, Catholic Daughters of America, past member and past president of the Christian Mothers. Survivors include one son, Jim and his wife, Jeanne, of La Veta, Colo.; two daughters and their husbands, Rosie and Jim Staab, Mary and Paul Ahlers, all of Remsen; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Omar (Katherine) Schmidt of Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Claude (Myra) Hall of Canon City, Colo., Mrs. Dick (Ruth) Keffeler of Marcus, and Mrs. Earl (Delores) Schmitz of Ontario, Calif. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert; one grandson, Lucas Ahlers; four brothers, Louis Schmitz when a young child, Albert, Andrew and Earl Schmitz; and one sister, Elsie Pritchett. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at Remsen. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Guild and the Catholic Daughters of America and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the funeral home. Casket bearers will be Matt and Steve Ahlers, Mike Keffeler, John, Mark and Nick Staab.

Kefford, Samuel
Samuel Kefford - Wray Rattler - October 02, 1913 - While hunting ducks from a leaky boat Hatsfield Carpenter, eighteen years old, and Samuel Kefford, sixteen years old, were drowned in the reservoir at Pueblo.

Kehm, Robert Lee II
Robert Lee Kehm II - Pueblo Chieftain - December 20, 1987 - Robert Lee Kehm II, passed away Dec. 18, 1987. Immediate cremation; no services.

Kehoe, Anna J.
Anna J. Kehoe - Pueblo Chieftain - May 11, 1986 - Anna J. Kehoe passed away May 9, 1986, in Pueblo. She is predeceased by her husband, Horace, in 1974. She is survived by her daughter, Francis (John) MacDougall; son-in-law, Bill Vail; grandson, Billy (Kathy) Vail; granddaughter, Patty (Phil) Maltsberger; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Tiffany Vail, Chandra Indra and Jaya Maltsberger; brother, Charles (Marjorie) Morgan; and sisters, Theresa (Vince) Sullivan, Corine Steele, and Grace Sechrist. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and good friend, Glee Valentich. Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Fineran officiating. Interment at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Contributions may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, or to the charity of your choice, in her name.

Kehoe, Horace J.
Horace J. Kehoe - Pueblo Chieftain - May 20, 1974 - Horace J. Kehoe died May 18, 1974 in a local hospital after a short illness. Husband of Anna J. Kehoe of the family home, 2615 Dahlia Lane. Father of Mrs. Frances A. Vail, Pueblo. Grandfather of Mrs. Patricia Trinkline, Arleta, Calif., and Bill Vail, Pueblo. Uncle of Mrs. Irene Davis, Pueblo. Member of Silver State Lodge 95, AF&AM and Pueblo West Saddle Club. Coach of Pueblo West cowboy polo team. Born Nov. 10, 1897, in Ferndale, Calif. Pueblo County resident since 1911. Employed by CF&I Steel Corp., from 1933 until retiring as a crane operator in 1961. Formerly a rancher in Beulah area. Mr. and Mrs. Kehoe were married Oct. 15, 1919. Services 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Davis Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. William Woelfle, pastor of Faith United Methodist Church officiating. Masonic rites at Imperial Memorial Gardens. Those who desire may contribute directly to the El Pueblo Boys Ranch, 2009 E. County Farm Rd., Pueblo 81004. The body will lie in state until time of service.

Kehr, Maureen Elaine
Maureen Elaine Sullivan Kehr - Albuquerque Journal – April 13, 2005 - Maureen Elaine Sullivan Kehr, 63, has gone to be with the Lord on April 10, 2005, in Pueblo, CO. Survived by her daughter, Joan (Randy) Bell of Maribor, Slovenia; sister, Charlene (Don) Plutt of Pueblo; grandchildren, Bethany, Lydia, and Elizabeth Bell; nephew, Donnie (Katy) Plutt; niece, Kerrie (Rocky) Keck; great-nieces, Jordyn and Chloe Keck; great-nephews, John and Andrew Plutt; and former husband, Joe Kehr of Albuquerque, NM. Preceded in death by her son, Joey Kehr; and mother, Katherine Sullivan. Maureen was born June 9, 1941, in Pueblo. She enjoyed working for Spanish Peaks Mental Health Center and was blessed to have wonderful colleagues. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial Service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2005, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, 1317 N. Main Street, Pueblo, CO with the Reverend Mike Oldham officiating.

Keinker, Ralph D.
Ralph D. Keinker - Pueblo Chieftain - July 17, 2003 - Ralph D. Keinker, 78, former resident of Pueblo West, passed away July 6, 2003. Born on March 7, 1925, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. during WWII. Predeceased by parents, Carl Henry and Margaret (Cordes) Keinker; a son, Carl Keinker. Member of VFW, DAV, Lions International, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and American Cancer Society. In 1990, he received the Herbie Award. He moved to Pueblo West in 1986. Survived by his wife, Ida Smith Keinker, Hamilton, Ohio; children, Dan Kienker, Blythewood, S.C., Ralph Keinker Jr.; a sister, Patricia Oxley; also three grandchildren; other relatives and friends to include, Harlan and Pat Schroeder of Pueblo West. Cremation has taken place. Interment of cremated remains at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio, at a later date.

Keith, Balthes P.
Balthes P. Keith - Huerfano World - February 7, 2008 - Balthes P. Keith, of Walsenburg died January 25, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Milagros Keith, cousin, Carol Potts and family. Memorial Service, 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2008 at the United Church of Walsenburg, with Rev. Dr. Susan Wickiser officiating.

Keith, Bessie Mae
Bessie Mae Keith - Pueblo Chieftain - August 26, 1998 - Bessie Mae Keith passed away in Canon City, Colo., Aug. 24, 1998. Born in Foard City, Texas, May 2, 1911. Survived by children Clell D. (Betty J.) Keith of Colorado Springs and Barbara J. (Homer H.) Yeager of Canon City- sister, Wanda A. Barrack of Trinidad- sister-in-law, Dutch Robertson of Erick, Okla. - grandchildren, Sharon (Lawrence) Hey, David (Cathy) Keith, Karen (Gary) Olsten of Colorado Springs, Donald (Carmon) Keith, Alpharetta, Ga., Gerald (Patricia) Farmer, Canon City, Jim (Tammy) Farmer, Candice (Steve) Smith, Curtis Yeager of Pueblo and Steve Hamilton of Knoxville, Iowa- 22 great-grandchildren- and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Lewis M. Keith- parents, Algia and Leuceil Robertson- brother, Aurell Robertson- brother and sister-in-law, Loren (Elsie) Robertson- sister and brother-in-law, Nell (Jimmie) Higdon- and brother-in-law, George Barrack. She was a resident of Trinidad from the mid-30s until moving to Pueblo in 1956. She was an active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church and Rebekah Lodge in both Pueblo and Trinidad. Services will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Keith, Claud Earl
Claud Earl Keith - Eureka California - November 29, 2000 - Claud Earl Keith, 76, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2000 at his home in Eureka. Born December 12, 1923 in Walsenburg, Colorado to Henry Frances and Laura Fay Keith, he and his family moved to Humboldt County when he was three. Claud was an old time wood cutter, falling trees with hand saws. He later mastered the chain saw and was known for having the sharpest saws in camp. He was also a commercial fisherman who captained his own vessels. The two jobs are this nations most dangerous professions. Claud watched the forest and sea claim the lives of many a friend and colleague but, he survived and even thrived in those rugged environments. To save another wood cutter Claud leaped on a runaway caterpillar landing in the treads. Severely cut he was in danger of loosing his leg. Claud would not give in, and although the seriousness of his wounds prevented him from enlisting into the U.S. Army during World War II, his strength and determination allowed him to keep his leg and become a master of his trades. Claud has taught forestry courses for the S.F.D.A. program and was a long-standing member of the Eagles' Lodge. Claud is preceded by his parents; his brother Albert and his sisters, Mary, Murl Bliss, Viola Womack, Ida Tussey, Nora Truttman, Eva Stewart, Alta Ramsey and Zelna Ryan. He is survived by his loving wife Donna Mae Keith; nephews, Dana and Gary Ramsey, Jimmy, Pat and Dennis Ryan, Bernard and Raymond Truttman and nieces Ernestine Agee, Ione Whooten and Goldie Rapier. A memorial service will be held for Claud at 2 P.M. Saturday, December 2, 2000 at the Eagles Lodge, 1317 California St, Eureka. In lieu of flowers, the family request that a donation be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.

Keith, Harold
Harold Keith - Huerfano World - March 5, 1998 - Harold Keith, 94, died Feb. 24, 1998 in Norman, OK. He was a summer resident of La Veta since 1976. Keith was the sports information director for the University of Oklahoma from 1930 until his retirement in 1969 and received several prestigious awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America, which he helped to found. Drawing from his years as a long distance runner, he wrote several sports books for children. His book Rifles for Watie won the highest award given for a children's work of fiction, the Newberry Award, in 1957. Four other books won national honors as well. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia. He is survived by a son, John, Las Cruces, NM; daughter Kathleen, Houston, TX; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Keith, John P.
John P. Keith – Akron Weekly Pioneer Press – July 8, 1921 – John P. Keith, a D. & R. G. freight conductor, was killed when his touring car plunged over the embankment on Eighth Street, Pueblo, where the flood of June 3 carried away the long bridge spanning the stream.

Keith, Kenneth P.
Kenneth P. Keith - Pueblo Chieftain - March 08, 1999 - Kenneth P. Keith, 82, went to be with the Lord on March 6, 1999. Kenneth was born in Spearville, Kan., on March 23, 1916. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. He leaves to celebrate his life his wife, Estalene Ruth Keith- a son, Zachary F. (Elsie) Keith, Colorado Springs-a son, David S. (Pam) Keith, Fredericksburg, Va.- a daughter, Pamela Keith, Valley Center, Kan.- and a granddaughter. Kenneth was an accountant and moved to Pueblo from Colorado Springs shortly after his retirement. At his request there will be cremation and no services.

Keith, Virginia Livingston
Virginia Livingston Keith - La Veta Signature - August 8, 1991 - [Editors Note: Virginia Keith, of La Veta and Norman, OK, died suddenly July 30 at her home in La Veta. Following is a feature story about her by her husband Harold Keith.] Virginia Livingston Keith, Norman watercolorist and wife of Harold Keith, former University of Oklahoma sports publicist, was born on Christmas day 1910 at Kanapolis, KS, a small town in the central part of that state. She was the only girl in her family. She had four brothers, Gene, Roy, Rex and Ray. She outlived them all. Her father was Oscar V. Livingston, a land dealer who bought and sold farms, ranches and oil leases all over Kansas. Her mother was Anna Caswell Livingston, a housewife. As a school girl, Virginia became an excellent automobile driver. Her father taught her to drive at age 12. She drove him all about the dirt roads of the state as he consummated his various land deals. Whenever he grew sleepy, he would put her at the wheel while he napped. There was no Kansas law then regulating the age of auto drivers. Virginia attended high school at Hutchinson KS, where she graduated in 1929. As a high school girl, she worked after school each day and on Saturdays as a sales clerk in a large department store, becoming not only a skillful sales person but also a subtle judge of color and style. She also completed a secretarial course. "She had lots of charm and lots of class," Harold Keith later described his wife, "Finding her was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me." My dad really found her first. He hired her as a secretary in his grain office. He was a grain buyer for the Red Star Milling Company on the Hutchinson Board of Trade. I was working for him then, too. I remember when Cow Creek overflowed, flooding Hutchinson and filling all the basements in town. Most of the other secretaries stayed home. But this girl pulled off her shoes and stockings and carrying them, waded barefooted ten blocks through a foot of muddy water so that she could report to work on time." That impressed the dickens out of me. I don't recall that I even come to work at all during that same period, but she did." "She's been my wife, my partner, and my girl ever since. That means that she has prepared nearly 50,000 meals for our family and after all that culinary experience, she cooks better today than ever." She manages most of our financial affairs and does it well. She's a careful shopper. She raised the kids. Anybody who has trained children knows what the job entails." The Keith's have two children. John is today Public Information Officer of the City of Las Cruces, NM. Kitty is a grade school teacher at Pearland, TX. "Virginia has typed several of my manuscripts, a species of punishment she surely didn't deserve," Harold Keith resumes, "She's a good athlete and when we hit the roads together, she walks almost as fast as I can run. She keeps me humble although I know that living with me is no day on the beach." When the Keith children grew older, Virginia decided that she wanted to be a painter. At the University of Oklahoma she enrolled in courses in life drawing, perspective and sketching. She studied painting under Leonard Good and sculpture under Joe Taylor. She went to Oklahoma City and took John Metcalf's basic course. She enrolled in portrait painting under Beth McAninch. Then she began traveling about the nation in the summer taking instruction under several teacher-painters. She studied seven weeks under Elliot O'Hara at Flat Rock, NC and two weeks under John Pike at Cloudcroft, NM. She studied oil portrait painting under Jerry Farnsworth at Sarasota FL then repeated the course a year later there. She worked in oil under Mary Lee Garrot at Taos, NM. She later returned to Taos for watercolor instruction under Gene Dougherty. John Pellow was her next instructor. He taught a traveling workshop that toured Colorado. She was one of his pupils. In 1972, she had four weeks at Sergei Bongart's school at Rexburg, ID. Meanwhile, she was painting and selling steadily, much of it at the Norman Art League's annual shows. Dr. George Sutton, the nationally-famous ornithologist and bird painter, bought one of her Oklahoma landscapes and esteemed it highly. In December 1978, Doctor Sutton stopped me in front of the University Press. "Harry Hoy of OU's geography faculty, came by my office today and saw the painting I bought from Virginia," he said, "He admired it and wanted to know all about it. I told him that Virginia had painted it and that I had hung it in my office over my desk. I look at it every day. Honestly, it inspires me." Her colors are so pure. Blues, greens, etc., instead of cluttering it up with grays and browns. Reminds me of Monet, Seurat and Sidner. Nothing in that painting is dull," he said. The picture, an oil landscape that Virginia had done on my grandfather Jim Kee's old school farm near Quinlan in Woodward County was mostly northwestern Oklahoma scenery - red hills with white gypsum outcroppings that blended prettily with the cedars and the green landscape. It was the only painting Doctor Sutton would tolerate in his office. In 1975, the Keiths bought a summer home, a small four-room 1904 vintage stone house in La Veta, CO, close to the San Isabel National Forest, and Virginia began showing and selling at the Cuchara, CO Art Show what she had sketched and painted in the mountains. "Her best work of all, I think," Harold says, "was the watercolor portraits she did of our four grandchildren, Duke and Casey Keith, and Jeff and Cindy Hollinger. Each of these won a special ribbon of merit at the Norman Art League's fall show. The portrait of Casey, the youngest, was judged best of the 1975 show." One afternoon in Colorado, Harold drove Virginia to her first public auction, a sale of the personal property of John Goemmer, a Colorado rancher who lived in the mountains five miles north of La Veta. They opened the bidding on a triple-shelved rolling tray she needed to stack her painting utensils on," Harold remembers. "The action started at one dollar and advanced steadily. The bidders set a fast pace, speedily jacking up the price. A cigarette in one hand and a black pant leg stuffed in one boot, the big auctioneer was warbling as smoothly as Johnny Cash. "Got two dollars, who'll give three?" he twanged. "Three!" somebody shouted. "Got three, who'll give four?" "Four!" "Got four, who'll give five?" "Four and a quarter," Virginia called out timidly, making her debut in the public auction world. The auctioneer stopped dead still. His continuity was shattered. Everything grew quiet. Only sound that could be heard was the bubbling of the little mountain stream that pulsed musically behind the white stucco ranch house. He swept off his big cowboy hat and bowed to Vi. "Aw, mam," he protested, "You ruined my rhythm. Now I've got to start all over." Unabashed, Virginia just smiled back coolly. Her bid stayed at four and a quarter. Bluffing out the even money clique, she bought the piece for $6.75. "I should talk. I purchased a big red yard bench that day for three dollars that wouldn't fit into the trunk of our car." "In 1974, we loaded her painting gear into her Toyota station wagon and she drove 1,400 miles to Rexburg, ID to study color and values under Don Ricks, a Mormon painter. She studied and painted under him three weeks. He later wrote to her, 'It sure was a pleasure to work with you this summer. I have always enjoyed your wonderful lady-like qualities. I was very happy with the progress you made in your painting. I'm impressed with your great desire. Thanks for being so pleasant. Don Ricks." That says it for me too. He's right about all those traits. And she has many, many more." The Daily Oklahoman - August 01, 1991 - Virginia Livingston Keith, 80, Norman, died Tuesday, July 30 at Walsenburg, Colorado. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Donald P. Owens, Jr., PhD, officiating. Burial will be at Norman IOOF Cemetery, under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service. She was born on December 25, 1910 to Oscar and Anna Livingston at Kanapolis, Kansas. She attended elementary school at Kanapolis and high school at Hutchinson, Kansas, where she graduated in 1929. She married Harold Keith on August 20, 1931 at Hutchinson, and they came to Norman the same year. Mrs. Keith was an accomplished artist, a member of the Norman Art League and St. John's Episcopal Church. She is survived by her husband, Harold of the home; a son, John Keith of Las Cruces, New Mexico; a daughter, Kathleen Hollinger of Pearland, Texas; three grandchildren, Duke Keith, Cindy Hollinger and Jeff Hollinger. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Casey Keith, in June 1991, and four brothers. Bearers will be Leon Crowley, Anthony Bluitt, Joe Garrison, Rich Little, Don Jimerson, Tom Rowland, Bob Connor and Mike Trepps. Arrangements by Primrose Funeral Service, Norman. Huerfano World - August 1, 1991 - Funeral service for Virginia Keith, 80, of Norman, OK, will be in that city Friday. Mrs. Keith died Tuesday, July 30, 1991, in at her summer home in La Veta. Among survivors are her husband, Harold Keith of Norman and La Veta.

Keith, William M.
William M. Keith – Colorado Daily Chieftain – November 14, 1874 – Mr. Wm. M. Keith, who has for some time past been employed at the Lindell Hotel, died suddenly on Thursday evening.  He had been sick but about twelve hours, and is supposed to have died from heart disease.  The deceased was formerly proprietor of the Cherokee House, in Denver, and was upwards of fifty years of age.  Pueblo Colorado Daily Chieftain – November 15, 1874 – The body of Wm. M. Keith, who died at the Lindell Hotel on Thursday night, was sent to Denver on Saturday morning for burial.  The deceased has relatives in that city. Colorado Daily Chieftain - November 19, 1874 - Mr. William M. Keith, who has for some time past been employed at the Lindell Hotel, died suddenly on Thursday evening. He had been sick but about twelve hours, and is supposed to have died from heart disease. The deceased was formerly proprietor of the Cherokee House, in Denver, and was upwards of fifty years of age. Rocky Mountain News - February 8, 1887 - The Chiefs - No men in the west have a more remarkable history than those who have figured in the police and detective departments of Denver... W. M. Keith - After the provisional government of the city ceased, the regular municipal government came into vogue. When Hon. Charles A. Cook was elected mayor, under the municipal organization he appointed Mr. Keith, marshal. Mr. Keith was a Scotchman by birth and descent. In early life he came west, and went into the hotel business. Old timers who came to Omaha, for the tedious journey of the plains, still remember mine host Keith, of the old Douglass house in Omaha. In 1859 Mr. Keith came to Denver, and opened the old Cherokee house which stood on Blake street between Fourteenth and Fifteenth streets. He was also at one time connected with the old Platte Valley house. He served in the capacity of the city marshal from April 1861 to April 1862. He after removed to Pueblo, and died of paralysis in the house of Harry Pickard. The men who knew him speak of him as a good officer and worthy citizen. Daily Rocky Mountain News – November 14, 1874 – Died – In Pueblo, November 12, 1874, Wm. M. Keith, of heart disease, aged 57 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. A. M. Stanbury, 378 Arapahoe street, on Sunday morning, at 10 o'clock.

Keithley, Albert W.
Albert W. Keithley - Pueblo Chieftain - May 18, 1986 - Albert W. Keithley, late of Pueblo, died Friday in a local hospital. Survived by his wife, Nellie Keithley, and son, Mark Keithley, both of the family home. Also survived by one brother, Marion O. (Fannie) Keithley, Pueblo; one niece, Dorothy Hollaran, Pueblo, and good friends, Bill and Norma Hoist, Pueblo. Member of Calvary Baptist Church, and Silver State Lodge No. 95 AF&AM. Born Nov. 9, 1921, in Pueblo, being a lifetime resident of Pueblo. Employed as a pharmacist, working for Mesa and Eastside Rexall Drug Stores until the time of his death. Preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Eunice C. Listerman, Vivian Wise, Jessie Robbe; brothers, Bill Keithley and Marion L. Keithley Jr. Married Nellie Dewhurst, Feb. 5, 1951, in Pueblo. Cremation, Davis-Wallin Crematory. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Monday, Davis-Wallin Memorial Chapel, with Dr. David E. Horton officiating. Chapel rites by Silver State Lodge No. 95 AF&AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rocky Mountain Council of Boy Scouts, 411 S. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, Colo., 81005, direct or through the funeral home office. The family requests the omission of food.

Keithley, Joseph F.
Joseph F. Keithley - Pueblo Chieftain - August 11, 1999 - Joseph F. Keithley, 81, of Colorado Springs, died Aug. 7, 1999. Preceded in death by wife, Dennice L. Chappell, who he married June 20, 1942. Survived by daughters, Nancy K. Gilles and Mary K. Vinci- son, Thomas E. Keithley- six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Private services will be held at Crystal Valley Cemetery, Manitou Springs.

Keithley, Nellie J.
Nellie J. Keithley - Pueblo Chieftain - October 6, 1987 - Nellie J. Keithley, late of Pueblo, died Oct. 4, 1987, at a local hospital. Survived by son, Mark Keithley, Pueblo; sister, Annabell Sanidon, Rockville, Colo.; two nephews and one niece. Predeceased by her husband, Albert W. Keithley, May 1986. She was born June 7, 1918, in Solar, Colo. She worked as an estate liquidator and bookkeeper. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Davis-Wallin Memorial Chapel with Dr. David E. Horton officiating. At her request cremation, Davis-Wallin Crematorium. Please omit food and flowers.

Kekeisen, Robert Edward
Rev. Robert Edward Kekeisen - Pueblo Chieftain - July 31, 1998 - Rev. Robert Edward Kekeisen, affectionately known as Father K, died July 29, 1998, at the Pikes Peak Hospice Residence at St. Francis Health Center in Colorado Springs. Father Kekeisen was born Jan. 9, 1920, to Frank and Ida (Nalefski) Kekeisen in Decatur, Ill. His family moved to Colorado Springs when he was quite young. He attended St. Mary's Grade School and High School in Colorado Springs, and it was here in the choir and school operettas, under the direction of Msgr. William Kelly, that Father K's love of music was nurtured. In September 1937, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver to study for the priesthood. Each summer, in order to finance his studies, he drove a tour car on the Pikes Peak Highway. While attending the seminary, he studied Latin and Greek, was a member of the Falso Bardone Choir and Gregorian Chant group, took part in dramatics and sports, was a feature writer for the seminary magazine and was co-editor of the student newspaper. Father Kekeisen was ordained a Catholic priest on June 3, 1944, by Archbishop Urban Vehr, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. He was assigned to St. Catherine's parish in Denver on June 28, 1944, while also serving as editor of the Denver Catholic Register. He authored a column entitled, Ask and Learn," which responded to readers' questions relating to Catholic theology and doctrine. These columns were published in Catholic newspapers nationwide and generated a book of the same title in 1956. He also served at St. Leo's and then as pastor at St. Anthony of Padua and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes in Denver. In 1972 he was appointed pastor of Corpus Christi parish in Colorado Springs until his retirement in 1985. Although retired from his full-time assignments, Father Kekeisen continued to serve the people of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, the Archdiocese of Denver, and the Dioceses of Pueblo and Cheyenne, Wyo., with his assistance as a substitute priest in parishes, visiting the sick and bereaved, praying with families and encouraging all to grow in faith. Father Kekeisen once remarked that, the church needs retired priests, and really, a priest is never retired. There are always people who need us." During his busy retirement, Father Kekeisen enjoyed his health club, swimming, playing golf and visiting good friends. His love of fine music and song enhanced each sermon and he became fondly known as the singing priest." The Gospel lessons were taught in a way that made them not only spiritual but life lessons because they came from the heart and were accented by a good story or joke. His love of life and God, and special devotion to the Blessed Mother, were reflected in his relationships with everyone he met. Each person was special to him. Father Kekeisen is survived by his sister, Dr. Loretta Seleski of St. Louis, Mo. - nephews, Rev. William Kekeisen, Frank Kekeisen and Robert Kekeisen- and nieces, Betty Kircher, Mary Lou James, Janet Beasley, Louise Miller, Patricia Gage, Gennie Lou Tinker, Barbara James and Judith Novak- nephew, Robert Cass. He was preceded in death by his parents- his brothers, Carl, Frank, Joseph and James- and his sisters, Clara, Mary and Louise. Father Kekeisen will be greatly missed by his brother priests, and his countless friends, parishioners, and all those who have enjoyed his gregarious and loving personality. With a song in his heart he made God's love real to each of us. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs. A vigil and rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2318 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs. The Mass of the Resurrection with Father William Kekeisen presiding, and concelebrated by Bishop Richard Hanifen and Father K's surviving seminary classmates and brother priests, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Corpus Christi. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, followed by a luncheon at Corpus Christi School in accordance with Father's wish that he be remembered as a person saying farewell to my friends and loved ones in a happy and jovial atmosphere." Father stated that his greatest blessing in life was the sublime gift of the priesthood and that the magnificent happiness that comes from caring solicitously for God's family, by offering His Son in the Mass to God and then, by way of nourishment to men, cannot be described except in the language of the angels." MDBO "Well done now my good and faithful servant." MAY HE REST IN THE ETERNAL LIGHT, LOVE AND PEACE OF GOD! MDNM The family encourages memorial contributions to be made to Pikes Peak Hospice Inc., 3630 Sinton Road, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80907, designated for the Support Center, in appreciation for the dignified and loving care given to Father K.

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