Jones, Keith L.
Jul. 22, 1923 - Sep. 4, 2014
Keith Levi Jones, 91, of Nokomis, Florida passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thur. Sep. 4, 2014.
Keith was born in Portage, Wisconsin on July 22, 1923 to Merlin and Gertrude (Parrott) Jones. He graduated from Endeavor High School in 1941 and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin before enlisting in the Army in 1942. After completing basic training, he entered the Army Specialized Training Program in North Carolina. When the program was discontinued, Keith was assigned to the 87th Infantry Division. After training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the Division went overseas, first to England and then to Metz, France where it entered combat under General Patton and the 3rd Army. The Division saw action in the Saar, the Battle of the Bulge and in Germany including Koblenz.
After the war, Keith resumed his studies at the University of Wisconsin and earned his BBA in accounting in 1948. Keith accepted a position with Price, Waterhouse & Co., a public accounting firm, in New York City.
In New York, he met Cora Cyr (across a crowded dance floor) and they were married on October 20, 1951. In November 1952, Keith was hired as an auditor by Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was named an officer in 1958. After 30 years in the internal audit department, Keith retired as head of the department in 1987. Keith was very active in the Institute of Internal Auditors and served as a regional director, International Treasurer and Director-at-Large for the Institute. Keith was a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Public Accountant.
Keith and Cora had two children, Jeffrey (Donna), Jacksonville Beach, Florida and Pamela Ohrt, Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have four grandchildren, Dawn (Martin VanBrunning), Nathan (Lissa) and Jonathan Ohrt and Brian Jones. Keith was also survived by his brother, Kenneth of Bowling Green, Kentucky and half-sister, Vera Banks, of Portage, Wisconsin and several nieces and nephews.
Keith and Cora lived in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin most of their working lives. In retirement they initially split time between Wisconsin and Florida and ultimately located permanently in the Venice, Florida area.
After retiring, Keith was active in volunteer work with Columbia Hospital and the Court Watch program in Milwaukee and the AARP tax assistance program for the elderly and disadvantaged and the Venice Theater in Florida. He also spent countless hours volunteering at the Historic Spanish Point in Venice, an historical, environmental and archeological preservation site. He was also active with the University of Wisconsin Alumni Chapter of Sarasota/Manatee, serving as President, Vice-President and on the Board of Directors.
Keith and Cora traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, Europe, the Greek Islands, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. They have visited all 50 states as well as many areas of Canada. They also participated in a number of Elderhostels both in the US and Europe.
Keith enjoyed jogging and participated in many runs, including runs held in connection with Northwestern Mutual's annual agents' meetings. He also enjoyed tennis and golf.
Keith and Cora met dancing and they continued dancing passionately through six decades until just days before Keith's final illness.
Funeral Services were held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church with burial following at Sarasota National Cemetery, with military honors, on September 11, 2014. Contributions in Keith's memory may be made to The Muscular Dystrophy Association
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Published by Herald Tribune from Sep. 25 to Sep. 26, 2014.