LAKELAND - Russell Keim, father extraordinaire, entered into the presence of God and the arms of his beloved wife on June 23rd, 2014.
He was born in Enhaut PA on 6-26-1923 and joined the Navy at the age of 17, serving in WWII in the Pacific Theatre. While stationed in Jacksonville he met and married his wife of 62 years, Verena. The first year of their marriage was spent in Monterey CA, an experience that they both treasured. From there they returned to Mulberry to start their family.
He was a plant foreman at Bonnie Mine and a long time board member at Community First CU.
He had a little Joe laugh and a quick wit. He was a math wiz, a coin collector and a fan of the westerns. He was a big man in size, fight and personality, none of which were diminished by his advanced age or illness.....and he will be sorely, longingly missed.
He was predeceased by his wife, Verena, daughter Russalyn, grandson Patrick, his brothers Wesley and Norman and his brother in law, Dick Stavely.
He is survived by his sister Virginia, his daughters Marybeth, Karol Ann and Kathy Kay, son Robert and grandchildren Chico, Russell, Verena Ann, Bradley, Keim, Troy and John, several nieces and nephews and many great grandchildren.
Thank you Daddy, for everything.
There will be a celebration of life at Mulberry United Methodist Church on Tues 7-1-2014 at 4:30pm.
Published in Ledger from June 28 to June 29, 2014