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January 20, 2016
Jennifer and family so sorry for the passing of your dad. He was a wonderful man who loved his children and grandchildren. I know you have alot of good memories and they will stay with you always. Thinking of you all.
January 20, 2016
When I received a phone call from one of my sisters and a text later in the day from one of my brothers Sunday night that they had noticed Keith's obituary in the Battle Creek paper, they rightfully knew that I would like to know of Keith's passing on, despite having moved away from Battle Creek over 40 years ago.

I was lucky enough to count myself among Keith's many friends in my youth. I especially remember the years between my 7th and 10th grade years when we had spent times hanging out together. I remember looking up to a young man who was an adventurist, a great athlete and just fun to be around. Immediately my memories went to a day in the early 1960's when I had the fortunate fate of spending a day with Keith, sharing a walk of approximately 100,000 steps.

It was 1963 and according to the history books, JFK was president and the White House had discovered a 1908 executive order from another fitness fanatic President Theodore Roosevelt who had said that all Marines should be able to hike 50 miles in three days. President Kennedy agreed, and reissued the challenge to the Marines of his own time. Not to be outdone by his predecessor, the president asked that his Marines complete the 50 miles in just one day, joking that perhaps his staff should take on the challenge as well. So JFK issued a challenge to his right hand man, his brother Robert, (RFK ) to complete the hike in 20 hours.

RFK took up the challenge and he and 3 of his aides met at 5 AM the next morning to attempt a hike of 50 miles. The first aide dropped out at 25 miles and the other 2 dropped out at 35 miles. But RFK did go on to finish the 50 mile walk in 19 hours. This led to a short lived fad of ordinary citizens attempting 50 mile hikes.

When Keith and I heard of the challenge we were the only two among our friends crazy enough to take up the challenge. So I remember with no previous practice hikes, meeting up with Keith at the corner of Capital Ave and Michigan St at 6 AM in downtown Battle Creek, on a no school day Friday, to set out on a route that would take 50 miles to arrive at the St Phillip away football game in Springport, MI that evening.

I remember our route took us first to Bellevue and stopping to eat our sack lunch somewhere on the way to Charlotte. In Charlotte I remember getting good directions on working our way out of Charlotte onto the road that would lead to Eaton Rapids from an eager to help elderly man who was a school crossing-guard.

In Eaton Rapids approaching the 40 mile mark of our hike I was totally spent and had no idea how I was going to finish the last 10 miles. I'm sure I was tempted to stick out my thumb and hitchhike the last 10 miles into Springport, which was still safe in rural America in 1963, but Keith was not ready to quit. I made the last 10 miles only through Keith's constant encouragement and never say die attitude. The amazing thing is after 14 hours of walking, once we got to the football game, I sought out my Dad's car, crawled into the back seat, and immediately fell asleep, but Keith still had enough energy to continue on to the stands where he helped cheer on the Tigers to a 35 - 6 victory.

I doubt if I will ever again pass exit signs that say Bellevue, Charlotte, Eaton Rapids or Springport without thinking of a special man by the name of Keith and the day I had the privilege of accompanying him on a 100,000 step journey.
January 17, 2016
So sorry to hear of Keith's passing. I will remember our times at the bowling alley and Horton St. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
January 17, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Keith. It's been 15-20 years since we've seen him, but we will remember him fondly; always smiling and laughing. One summer, he and Pat had this gigantic rooster that we would get on and of course, it would be followed by a swim in the pool! Godspeed, Keith. Sending our condolences with love.
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