2010-01-14 / Obituaries

Lloyd D. Keith

Three Springs, 85

Lloyd D. Keith, 85, Three Springs, died at 2:40 a.m., Saturday, January 2, 2010, at his residence, following an extended illness.

Born August 3, 1924, in Wells Tannery, he was a son of the late Russell and Effie (Fix) Keith. He was united in marriage to the former Genevieve H. Hoffman May 5, 1944, in Three Springs. She preceded him in death October 17, 2007.

He is survived by four children: Helen L. Wagner, Mapleton; Dennis L. Keith, McVeytown; Allen J. Keith and wife Sue, Waymart; and Brenda M. Williams and husband Dan, Three Springs; six grandchildren: Justine Bickel, Frank Wagner Jr., Darin Wagner, Lori Hughes, Quentin Keith and Kylie Hawn; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and a number of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eleanor Long, Baltimore.

He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

He attended Beavertown Bible Church, Todd.

He served in the United States Army with the 753rd Field Artillery Battalion during world War II from April 1943 to December 1945. During his tour of duty, he served in France, Germany and Belgium. He received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, EAME Theatre Service Medal, three bronze stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a lifetime member of Madden-Wennick American Legion Post No. 518, Rockhill, and was a member of the Blue Juniata VFW Post No. 5754, Mount Union.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local Union No. 66, out of Pittsburgh, and retired after 50 years of service.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed hunting with his children and grandchildren and often went fishing with family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and would often be found during the summers gardening with his wife. He had a vast collection of frogs, which he had gathered over the years. He also enjoyed attending car shows around the area with his 1937 Chevy sedan.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 6 at Beavertown Bible Church, Todd. Rev. James Thomas officiated. Burial was made in Saltillo Cemetery.

Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beavertown Bible Church, HCR 1 Box 11, Cassville, PA 16623; or to Home Nursing Agency Hospice Administrative Office, 201 Chestnut Ave., PO Box 352, Altoona, PA 16603.

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