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Keith James Niemuth

Neenah - Keith James Niemuth Age:63 of Neenah. Went to be with his Lord who he loved. He was surrounded by those who loved him. Not just physically surrounded but emotionally and spiritually as well. I feel he passed away because he was finished with what he was he was sent here to do. Anyone who knows Keith knows a man that is passionate. He loved his family, his friends, his pets, his community of peers and statewide sports.

Some who met Keith for the first time only saw one thing which is a shame. Here is a brief but not exhaustive remembering of the man that was far more then these words and his physical body.

Keith with his sister Nancy and brother Jack where raised on the family farm in the Dale area outside of New London by Eunice and John Niemuth. Keith was a hard working boy who had a goal of taking over and expanding the family farm. I don't know if his dream was to be a cowboy but that's how I see him. He attended and graduated from New London High School. After which he went onto advanced schooling in agriculture at the Fox Valley Technical College. Where he met some of the best friends of his life. An accident cut short Keith's dreams of running the family farm. Soon after Keith's attentions turned towards advocating for change for those who are wheelchair bound. He eventually sat on the board of Disabled Citizens Inc. (DCI) The goals of the group are "To provide mutual support and public awareness of and with disabled persons at a local level with community involvement and assistance. To provide the accessibility of comprehensive lifetime resources for persons with disabilities. To provide literature on various aspects of coping with disabled living and encourage education in a desired career. To provide better accessibility to public places." The friends and relationships he made with DCI are too many to name but he would like to thank you all. You helped shape the second half of his life. Through the passion of the group local laws were changed and enforced. The board went up against politicians and local law enforcement agencies alike as to make a positive change in the Fox River Valley for those not just bound to a wheelchair but anybody with mobility challenges. But his life wasn't just cowboys, school and advocacy.

I've never met a man more passionate about sports including the Timber Rattlers, the Brewer, the Badgers and the Green Bay Packers (he was a season ticket holder and a part owner you know). He knew numbers, years and stats. Including where players from the state went after they left Wisconsin. He watched as much sports as any man could from a local high school level all the way to the pros. He loved fantasy football. Like many of us he fared better some years then others. But he didn't just watch sports he participated in fishing, basketball, racquetball, softball and 5k's to name a few.

He loved his church St Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neenah. He sat on boards and participated in many fundraisers. He ushered and shook every hand he could. If you knew him, he knew you and remembered you and your story. He'd ask about you family, your pets and how so and so was doing.

He loved the many faithful dogs he had saved in his life named Pal, Seymour, Misty and Micky. His present dog Flicka will be loved and cared for by his family. His neighbors know him well as he walked many of these dogs through his quiet neighborhood for he would stop and chat or give a thoughtful wave.

He loved his family. He is survived by Eunice Niemuth mother, Nancy Maslow sister, Deanna (Jeff) Vanesky niece, Tanner Vanesky great nephew, Nicole (Lee) Pilgrim niece, his loving Flicka, his many cousins near and far, his long reaching St. Mark's church family and also a short list of very good friends in no particular order Bruce Malcholm, Renee and Lois Grode, Ben Huzzar, Ed, Randy and Carol Erickson, Roger Klemp

He is preceded in death by John Niemuth father, Jack Niemuth brother, special cousin Calvin Klemp and good friend Al Meschefske.

Keith has done what he could for us. He will be missed and will always be loved in our hearts. It's his turn to find peace and rest with the Lord in heaven. Goodbye Keith, until we meet again.

The Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah. The Funeral Service for Keith will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018 at St Mark's Lutheran Church, with Rev. Robert Wilkinson officiating. An additional time of visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of the service. Keith will be laid to rest at Wolf River Cemetery.

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Brewster Village, Outagamie Place for their loving compassionate care of Keith. Also to Theda Care Physicians especially Dr. Bogner and the Theda Care staff for their services. A very special thank you to Pastor Bob who visited Keith nearly everyday in his final days.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Feb. 6 to Feb. 11, 2018
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