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Keith Otto Morris
1946 - 2021
BORN
1946
DIED
2021
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Geisen-Carlisle Funeral & Cremation Services - Michigan City
613 Washington Street
Michigan City, IN

Keith Otto Morris, age 75, of Leitchfield, Kentucky, formerly of Michigan City, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1946, in Hudson, Michigan, to Cecil A. and Wanda E. Morris, who both preceded him in death. On Nov. 28, 1970, Keith married the love of his life, Diane Crakes, at St. Mary's Church in Michigan City.

Keith is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Diane; as well as his children, Jaime (Shane) Matthews of Greenwood, Indiana, and Jeremy (Michelle Gregory) Morris of Indianapolis, Indiana; grandchildren, Kailyn Morris, Kennedy Matthews and Harper Matthews; sisters, Carolyn Parsons and Sharon Hatfield; and sisters-in-law, Christine (Ed) Bowmar and Lena Crakes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clark (Kathy) Morris and Byron "Bud" (Lorraine) Morris; and brother-in-law, John Crakes.

Keith graduated from Elston High School in 1966. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger from December 1967 to July 1969. He was deployed to Vietnam from July 1968 to July 1969, where he served in F Company Long Range Patrol (LRP), 51st Infantry Rangers and D Company LRP, 151st Infantry Rangers.

The U.S. Army recognized Specialist (SP 4), aka "Lurch," for his honorable service with a Purple Heart. He was recommended for the Bronze Star Medal, with "V" device, for Valor in Combat, for circumstances surrounding an engagement west of Cu Chi, Republic of Vietnam, on Oct. 14, 1968, a day he recently referred to as "the worst-best of his service."

Keith worked 34½ years and retired from Bethlehem Steel Corporation at the Burns Harbor Plant, where he was mostly a crane operator and scarfer, aka "slab yard animal." After retirement, Keith drove a semi-truck for several years.

Keith enjoyed so many incredible boating and waterskiing vacations with his family and friends, including countless trips to Bear Lake, Michigan; Douglas Lake, Tennessee; Norfork Lake, Arkansas; Devils Lake, Michigan; Table Rock Lake, Missouri; Dale Hollow Lake, Kentucky/Tennessee; and Laurel River Lake, Kentucky.

These vacations do not include the "every chance we get" day for excursions and adventures on Lake Michigan, Pine Lake and Rough River Lake, where he and Diane ultimately retired. He cherished teaching anybody and everybody to ski "the old school way."

During his life, Keith and his bigger-than-life personality especially enjoyed his family and friends, playing cards, horse racing, Purdue Boilermaker football and basketball, and he relished being an avid purveyor of random trivial knowledge, specifically regarding animals due to his many hours of viewing and interest in Animal Planet.

In recent years, he battled with several health issues, and in his usual way, he took everything that life threw at him as a battle to conquer.

Keith was loved and admired by countless nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, family and friends, and fellow brothers-in-arms, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home, located at 613 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana, 46360, and on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, from 9 to 10 a.m. Funeral Service begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens in Michigan City, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorprojet.org) and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org/donate).



Published by La Porte County Herald-Dispatch on Nov. 15, 2021.
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Nov
17
Visitation
4:00p.m.
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613 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
Nov
18
Visitation
9:00a.m.
Geisen-Carlisle Funeral & Cremation Services - Michigan City
613 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
Nov
18
Funeral service
10:00a.m.
Geisen-Carlisle Funeral & Cremation Services - Michigan City
613 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
Nov
18
Burial
Swan Lake Memorial Gardens
Michigan City, IN
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7 Entries
Diane, Sorry to see your loss, what a guy KO was, prayers are with you
Paul Skwiat
Friend
November 20, 2021
It was great seeing Keith and Diane at our F Company reunions, He will be missed but not forgotten. Peace be with you.
Dick Moyer
November 18, 2021
Airborne - Ranger - Infantry So long my brother, hold the LZ until we all join you again.
Speedy
Family
November 17, 2021
RIP in Peace My Brother, Korea Veteran
Alfred Castro
Other
November 17, 2021
Sorry for the loss of Keith, A great husband, father and friend. He will be missed by many. Fly high Keith you earned your place in heaven. God Bless and rest in peace.
Jim and Cindi Oliver
Friend
November 17, 2021
We were not as close as many of his friends, but we have shared so many fond memories of his larger than life presence and hilarious sense of humor. He was a wonderful person and contributed so much to all of us and to his country. We're going to miss you.
Ben and Linda Pace
November 16, 2021
Rest well my friend your watch is over. We have your back.
Robert ( bob ) Chesko
Friend
November 16, 2021
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