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Louis, Keith N. March 30, 1951 - October 11, 2017

Keith Norman Louis was called home October 11, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on March 30, 1951 to Virginia Josephine and Karl Hilmer Louis. Keith was united in marriage to his “Baby” Janice Swan September 30, 1978.

He honorably served our country in the United States Army, first in Vietnam then later as a diesel mechanic. He retired in 1997 as a CW2 after 20 years of service. Notably, during a tour in Germany, Keith started an all-volunteer program called “Operation Stranded Spouse” ensuring women with deployed spouses didn’t have car trouble, one of many examples of his endless ability to give to others.

Keith could fix anything, from computers to the foundation on a house, and he absolutely loved to do it, especially if it meant doing it for someone else. Keith would rise early to begin a remodeling or construction project on his house, stopping often to fix a friends computer, or build a neighbors garage or deck or porch, print the church bulletin, assist in the restoration of his church and end his day, for many years, with a shift at Wal-Mart. Keith always answered the call for help, often before it was asked, with humility and a giving heart. Keith lived his life with a desire to be the man his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, wanted him to be.

God saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb, So He closed your wary eyelids And whispered “peace be thine”.

He was preceded in death by his parents Virginia and Karl Louis; sister Joyce Warren; son James Reeves; granddaughters Sarah Louis and Chelsea Dunner.

Keith is survived by his loving wife Janice; sons Karl (Patty) Louis, Robert (Barbara) Reeves and Richard (Barbara) Woods; daughters Nikki (Mike) Kratzer and Donna (Ray) Marquis; sisters Carol (Larry) Woodward and Sherry (Wyatt) Waters; brother Ken Louis; sisters-in-law Connie Niespodziany, Penny Littlejohn and Tina Swan; 35 grandchildren, 39 great granchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 10 to 11 AM

Visitation Location:
Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 11 AM

Service Location:
Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home

Thursday, October 19 at 11 AM, Fort Scott National Cemetery

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