Keith Baldwin

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HENRY - Keith Jackson Baldwin, 80, of Henry died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at 11:28 a.m. at his residence in Henry.

Keith was born Jan. 28, 1932, to Emory and Edna (McCall) Baldwin in Lacon, Ill. He graduated from Mid County High School in 1950.

He enlisted in the Marines on Aug. 25, 1950, and was discharged as a sergeant from the Korean War in September 1952.

He married Janice Bickerman of Magnolia on Feb. 14, 1953, in Henry, Ill. She survives. They lived in Henry and had two daughters, Cheryl Lynn Baldwin (Dean Johnson) of Englewood, Colo., and Julie Anne (Harry) Harmon-Curley of Eureka, Ill. He had three grandchildren, Christopher Harmon, Crue Harmon and Kaitlyn Curley; and one great-grandson, Brody Harmon.

Keith was a devout member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Henry.

He worked for the Brickyard in Sparland following his discharge from the Marines. Keith then worked as a Fuller Brush salesman and later worked for W.R. Grace Fertilizer Company, retiring from there.

Keith and Janice enjoyed traveling and went on numerous trips worldwide.

Keith was an active member of the Henry American Legion Post 323 and the 40/8. He was an advocate for veterans and spoke at many events to raise Veteran Awareness. Keith raised over $33,000.00 and was a chaperone for Honor Flight to send World War II veterans to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.

Keith was very devoted to his wife of 59 years, taking very special care of her the last few years and always had a way of bringing a smile to her face.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, "Downtown Chapel," 416 Edward St., Henry, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Father Tom Mizeur will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Henry. Full military rites will be accorded by the Henry American Legion Post at the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Henry American Legion Post 323 or to St. Mary's Church in Henry.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 13, 2012
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