Keith David Poplaski, 22, of Edwardsville passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
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Born July 14, 1990, Keith was the very loving great-grandson of the late Susan and Raymond Poplaski, grandson of the late Frances and Michael McGree and forever soul mate of the late Christina Givens.
Keith is survived by his father, Raymond Anthony Poplaski III, Seattle, Wash.; mother, Ann Marie Poplaski; brother, Kristopher; grandparents, Rose and Raymond Poplaski Jr., all of Edwardsville; uncle, Joseph and his wife, Stephanie Poplaski, Seattle, Wash.; aunt, Susan; uncles, Edward, Mike McGree, Ronald McGree, Edwardsville; aunt, Carole; uncle, Armando Guerriero, California; lifelong friend, Talyn Brown; and his faithful dog and companion, Yager.
Keith played and was very talented at the guitar following harmonic drums, but his true passion was for the banjo. He loved music, skateboarding, snowboarding, concerts and the great outdoors. What Keith really loved most of all was the freedom to do something new and exciting each day.
Growing up in and around Edwardsville, Keith made plenty of friends and never stopped making them. He was a very outgoing individual who everyone took a liking to.
In 2008 he moved to Seattle, Wash., with his father and uncle. It was the beautiful adventurous place he had wanted and needed to see.
Keith turned into quite the free spirit out there. He saw how beautiful Seattle was and realized that there are so many new and exciting things to see and explore in this country. He decided to hit the road and travel the country. He hopped trains and hitchhiked all throughout the states just so he could see and experience something new every day.
Every day was an adventure for him; he traveled with friends from all over, his dog, Yager, and his loving girlfriend, Christina Givens, whom he had met in Reno, Nev. He had finally found himself and who he really was, the free, friendly, loving, exciting and adventurous Keith. He died doing what he loved, and is more free than ever.
He was loved by all and will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
He left this earth way too soon but had lived a very fulfilling life. Keith, Christina and Dylon, we love you very much and will be in our hearts forever.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerby Ave., Kingston. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 11, 2013