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KEITH ALLEN ROTHGEB, 72, of rural Columbia City, died on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, 5:06 p.m., at Renaissance Village, Fort Wayne where he had been a resident since June. Born May 12, 1946, in New Haven, Ind., he was a son of the late Westley R. and Lucille (Wyler) Rothgeb. His formative years were spent in New Haven where he attended New Haven High School. He joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He was a Purple Heart recipient. On Dec. 16, 1967, he was united in marriage to Janet Clark. They made their home in the New Haven area and later rural Columbia City. Janet died on March 17, 1991. Following his return from the Army, he went to work for McCoy Bolt, Fort Wayne. After his retirement, he was a transfer driver for Coachman RV. He loved hunting and fishing and took an annual hunting trip to Wyoming. He was a member of the CB Radio Club. He enjoyed leather crafts and gave them to family and friends as gifts. His nieces and nephews were near to his heart and he relished their time together. He is remembered as their "favorite" uncle. Surviving are a sister, Donna Stump of Millersburg; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Paul R., Roger J. and John W. Rothgeb Sr. Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Korean War Veterans Honor Guard presenting military honors. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at Gar Creek Cemetery, New Haven. Preferred memorials are to Gar Creek Cemetery. To send online condolences, visit

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Columbia City, IN 46725
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 9, 2018
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