Jim passed away Saturday, May 7, 2022, at his home in Shelbyville.
He was born June 19, 1931 in Plainwell, the son of Walter and Dorothy (Beckwith) Keith. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. For 40 years he worked at Michigan Gas Utilities as a service man until his retirement in the spring of 1994.
Jim loved being outdoors. He enjoyed spending time at the cabin he built with his wife, collecting traps, hunting and fishing. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego, North American Trap Collectors Association and the Otsego American Legion Post 84. On October 9, 1954 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids he married Ruth Stankey who passed away in 2015.
Surviving are his children, Janet (Rodney) Kivell, Dan (Sherry) Keith, Sam Keith and Sarah (Stephen) Pope; grandchildren, Heidi (Todd) Campbell, Tonya (Brandon) Traxler, Andrew (Nicole) Pope, Joshua Keith, Ashley (Jamie Smith) Kivell-Boardwine, Bailey Kivell and Ian (Jess) Pope; 13 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Charles (Deann) Stankey along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; his brother and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 4-8 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Nathaniel Timmermann officiating.
Burial will take place at 2:00 P.M., at Elmwood Cemetery in Wayland.
Military Honors by Otsego American Legion Post 84.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.