Lea, Keith F.
The family of Keith F. Lea, beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather announced his unexpected passing on Sunday, November 3. 2013. Keith was born in Amherst, Wisconsin on January 31, 1923, to Earl and Jessie Lea. He served in the Navy during WWII, rising to rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. Later while attending Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point (now UW-Stevens Point), he met and married the love of his life, Evelyn Mae Markwardt. She preceded him in death in 2007. They had two children together, Mark (Mimi), Lake Mills, WI; and Marsha (Steve Morrison), Washington DC. Keith worked for the Milwaukee Sentinel for many years, worked for the Stevens Point School District and was Director of Library Technology Services at UW-Stevens Point, retiring in 1986. Keith was a proud graduate of Central State Teachers College and Indiana University at Bloomington.
After retirement, Keith and Evie moved to Plover, Wis., spending the winter months in Kerrville, Texas. During their retirement they enjoyed traveling to the British Isles, Europe, and most of the United States.
Keith enjoyed many intellectual pursuits and was a seasoned world traveler. He frequently entertained friends and family alike with stories from his vast knowledge on many different subjects. He enjoyed being involved in the lives of his three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Keith was a long time member of Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, and was active in the local Lion's Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Keith's name to the Evelyn M and Keith F Lea Memorial Scholarship in the School of Education at UW-Stevens Point. Telephone (715) 346-2040.
The family is planning a memorial service at Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church in Stevens Point, on Saturday, March 29, 2014 starting at 2:00 pm. Further details at a later date.
Published in Stevens Point Journal on Nov. 12, 2013