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Keith Leonard King

Keith Leonard King Keith Leonard King, 87, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2019 at Sky Lakes Medical Center, surrounded by his dear sister, niece, grandson and several close friends. Keith was born at home to Almond "AJ" and Ruth (Jester) King on November 27, 1931, in Buhl, Idaho, joining two sisters, Marion and Marjorie. When the depression hit, AJ and Ruth moved their family to Klamath Falls, living briefly in a cabin at Rock Creek, then relocating to Merrill, OR. In 1945, they moved back to Klamath Falls and Keith graduated from Henley High School in 1951, where he lettered in football. Shortly thereafter, his brother-in-law, Sam, helped him get introduced at Pacific Power and Light Co. He was hired on and had a wonderful 41-year career without an on the job injury, which says a lot considering the dangerous line of work. Keith was a proud member of the IBEW and made lasting friendships through his work; many called him "Captain". On March 24, 2019, Keith would have celebrated 35 years of sobriety. Keith spent many years in Klamath as an active community member, helping others who desired to recover from addiction. This gave Keith a new depth of purpose and connection to the Klamath community, and friendships that lasted a lifetime. Back in the day, he spent many hours in his shop tinkering and working on his cars. As kids, we knew Dad could build anything and fix anything! He rebuilt three Model T Fords: 1921 Roadster, 1923 Touring, and 1926 Touring. In the mid 70's, the T's got to go on a road trip! Dad, Mom, and her parents hauled them to Colorado where the cars were unloaded, and they toured historical sites with a large group of old car owners. Keith enjoyed simple pleasures such as a good meal, socializing with his cronies and the wonderful staff at Casey's Restaurant, Pendleton shirts, good leather boots, and taking road trips. He loved getting in his truck and driving to eastern Oregon, Montana, and Nevada, enjoying the beautiful scenery. He was a car guy all his life, absolutely loved time behind the wheel. In 1959, Keith, his parents, sister and brother-in-law (Marge and Sam), took a seven-week road trip across the United States and back. All in one car, with Dad and Sam taking turns driving. He shared great memories from that trip! In 1964, Dad bought a brand-new Buick Wildcat which is still in primo condition today. Dad and his daughter Kathy traveled out of the country. They went on a 10-day bus tour to Ireland by way of Germany, and a Mediterranean cruise through Italy and France, providing wonderful memories for both of them. Dad enjoyed all his trips, and though driving got recently sidelined on earth, we think he's already planning a road trip through Heaven! Keith is survived by his sister, Marjorie Redkey, children Liz (Joe) Van Meter, Lynne (Mike) Brown, Bren (Cathy) Raffaelly, Kathryn (Gavin) Carpenter, niece, Beverly Hassell, niece, Kay (Bob) Salley, and numerous grandchildren, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, AJ and Ruth King, brother-in-law, Sam Redkey, sister and brother-in-law, Marion and Glenn Yaple. A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 4:00 pm at O'Hair-Wards Funeral Chapel, 515 Pine St, Klamath Falls, OR, followed by a Celebration of Life gathering at the Klamath County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall #2, from 5:00-7:00pm. A very special thank you to our cousin, Beverly Hassell. Her longtime help and support to Dad was invaluable, and Dad appreciated it very much. Our heartfelt thanks to Dave Vanderhoff and Dave Bruner, friends from PP&L, who were there for Dad until the end. Thank you to Dad's many friends for their care and support of Dad as he went through health challenges these last few years. He thought the world of all of you. Thank you to the medical staff at Sky Lakes and Dr. McKellar, Dad's longtime physician, for their excellent care.