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Keith A. Barrow

Keith A. Barrow Keith A. Barrow caught the 12:35 p.m. 'Train to Glory' on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, five days before his 88th birthday.Keith's wife of 62 years, Elizabeth, his 3 daughters, Terri Schrater, Nancy Hampton, and Lois Stentz, his son-in-law Dan Stentz and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren were on hand to see him off. Keith was born in Grants Pass, Oregon in May, 1926 to Floyd and Opal Cook Barrow who were also Grants Pass area natives. His parents struggled many years at numerous odd jobs including making and selling moonshine whiskey during the Prohibition. They divorced when he was young and he lived a transitory life for most of his childhood years - a pattern he followed throughout most of his life. He moved to his father's home in Chico, CA his Senior Year of High School where he attended Chico High, playing football as first-string quarterback, and attended Modesto Junior College after graduation. As his father was a logger, Keith did a fair amount of tent living in logging camps while his father worked. Keith married his High School sweetheart, Jean Detrich, the day before he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was discharged when his son David was born in 1945 and received his discharge orders as he was about to board the train that would eventually take him to Japan. After his discharge, Keith attended Chico State College where he bartended and played college football, earning his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Jean and Keith eventually divorced. In 1952 Keith married Elizabeth Allard of Willows, CA and they had 3 daughters. He was employed with Household Finance Corporation for twelve years where he was assigned to offices in Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton, San Francisco, and San Mateo. Keith moved his family into a new neighborhood with each job transfer.In 1968, Keith and his friend Dick Sanders began a piggy-back shipping business, with offices in San Francisco and Oakland, where Keith worked for 13 years. In 1980, while living on Bethel Island in CA, Keith nearly drowned while trying to save the survivors of a boating accident on the Sacramento Delta. This life changing experience was the catalyst for Keith hearing the call of God. He soon sold his business and home and moved to Eureka, CA to join Gospel Outreach, a Christian Ministry that all three of his daughters were involved with. Keith became an ordained minister and elder in his church where he and Elizabeth counseled individuals and couples for over 20 years. Keith's lifetime hobbies, pursuits, and passions were numerous and included football, track, tennis, skiing, camping, gardening (eventually receiving his Master Gardener Certification), landscaping, woodworking, long drives, and RVing; he was a small acreage rancher raising cows, horses, pigs, goats, chickens, rabbits, and pheasants; he loved boating, traveling, hunting, fishing, was a small aircraft pilot, and enjoyed playing cards and board games with his family. Keith was a successful entrepreneur and started many small businesses during his lifetime. He was a gourmet cook and 'King of the BBQ' - feeding friends and family was one of the greatest joys of his life. In 1998, Keith and Elizabeth moved back to Oregon, living in Rogue River for a time (more goats and chickens), then moving into Grants Pass, the land of his birth. During these semi-retirement years, Keith and Elizabeth continued to offer marriage and personal counseling to numerous couples and individuals who appreciated their hospitality, wisdom and pastoral hearts. Keith Barrow was a remarkable and charismatic man who met very few people he didn't call friend. Keith was preceded in death by his parents Floyd Barrow and Opal Gilchrist, his sister Lois, his son - in - law Stephen Schrater, and his step-mother Carol Barrow. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Grants Pass, OR, son David Barrow and wife Nancy of Chico, CA, daughters Terri Schrater of Vancouver, WA, Nancy Hampton of Eureka, CA, Lois Stentz and husband Dan of Brea, CA and 14 granchildren: Angie Kistner, Ryan Barrow, Mike Barrow, Jesse Schrater, Rebecca Kirsch, Peter Schrater, Joseph Schrater, Emily Knox, Nick Land, Daniel Hampton, Sean Stentz, Joel Stentz, Annie Stentz, and Chris Stentz, as well as 24 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. The placing of Keith's ashes at the Missouri Flat Cemetery will be followed by a potluck picnic celebration of Keith's life on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at Riverside Park, Grants Pass, OR from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Meat and beverages will be provided.All friends and family of Keith Barrow are invited to attend. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard on May 11, 2014
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