Larry Dean Keyes (1937 - 2015)

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Larry Dean Keyes, 78, of Brownstown, passed away in the early morning on Friday, July 10, 2015, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown, with Kevin Bonifacius officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials: First Christian Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Keyes was born on Thursday, April 1, 1937, the son of Charles Malin and Bonnie Virginia Brown Keyes. During World War II, he lost his father, and after his mother remarried, he was raised by his stepfather, Morgan ""Jiggs"" Evans.
He served in the Army during the Korean War. He married Sue Frances Kistler in Fillmore, and during the early years of their marriage, he worked for Nickle Plate Railroad in Lafayette, Ind. He was a truck driver, and retired from Star Trucking in Morton. Also during his working career, he assisted on many local farms. He was a member of First Christian Church and VFW Post 9770, both of Brownstown, and Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years; children, Cindy and her husband Jimmy Summers of Vandalia, Pam and her husband Steven Sidwell of Brownstown, and Brent Keyes and his wife Janet of Brownstown; grandchildren, Chastity (Ted) Betz of Hudson, Ohio, Jaime (Paul) Farley of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Ashley (Zach) Summers of Vandalia, Meg Summers of Vandalia, Chris (Shannon) Sidwell of Vandalia, Stephanny (Clint) Brown of Vandalia, Lukas (Kristen) Keyes of Effingham, Braun (fiancée Lyndsey) Cyr of Rusk, Texas, Thea (Jay) Powers of Troy, Chamae (fiancé John) Cyr of San Francisco, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Bradyn, Nathan, Alexis, Allisa, Ryder, Makenna, Jax, Andy, Kaleb, Max, Baelynd, Cazdyn, Laela, Jenner, Henley, Kimber, Kaden, Carson, Boston and Merrek; brothers, David Keyes and his wife Donna of Paducah, Ky., and Jimmy Evans of Fillmore; and sisters, Patty and her husband Ronnie Eller of Pittsburg, and Teresa Alexander of Fillmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather; sisters, Camilla ""Micky"" Harrison and Dana Heck; and grandsons, Matthew Sidwell and Jacob Summers.
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Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home
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Brownstown, IL 62418
(618) 427-3344
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Published in The Leader-Union from July 13 to July 22, 2015
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