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Keith Merinus Vallentgoed of Turtleford, Saskatchewan passed away on Monday December 10, 2012 at the age of 78, surrounded by friends and family. Born to a pioneering family in Edam in 1934, he was the youngest of five siblings; Miriam, Kathleen, Ruth, and Nellie. His parents, Nick and Miriam, moved to the Turtleford/Mervin area in 1953, where Keith played with the Mervin baseball team and became an avid boater and outdoorsman. After school, Keith enlisted in the R.C.A.F. as an Air Traffic Controller. Conjecturing that flying the planes might be more fun than directing them from the ground, he eventually began his second career as a commercial pilot, flying thought the prairies and northern Canada. Keith quit commercial aviation to return home to help his ailing father and to run the family farm. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Angie Leniuk of Canora, Saskatchewan. The two were married in 1976 and had one son, Darren. Keith enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a past president of the local branch of the World Wildlife Federation. He also served in the Legion, as an air cadet instructor, and as a guard for the R.C.M.P. for over 25 years. A voracious reader, he was chairman of the Turtleford Library Board. Widely known and loved by his community, Keith was elected to three terms as Councilor in the R.M. of Mervin. Keith loved entertaining with his wife and was grateful of the outpouring of affection he received during his brief illness. A memorial service for Keith was held on December 17, 2012 at the Turtleford Community Centre. His burial service will be held in the spring of 2013. Donations can be made in Keith's name to the Riverside Health Complex of Turtleford or the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Dec. 22, 2012