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H. Gerald Keith

H. Gerald Keith

August 26, 1931 - February 18, 2020
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H. Gerald Keith, 88, Carthage, MO, passed away February 18, 2020 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin after an illness.
Harvey Gerald Keith was born August 26, 1931 in Seneca, MO the son of Harvey B. And Wanda (Buzzard) Keith. Gerald grew up in Seneca, Missouri before continuing his higher education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received a Bachelor's in Agriculture in 1956, and Pittsburg State University, where he received a Master's in Education Administration. During this time, Gerald also served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Radio Operator. After completing his education, he spent the remaining years of his professional career in education. He was the Superintendent of Carterville Schools as well as a teacher and principal in both Seneca and Carthage. Gerald also served as a minister to congregations in Seneca, MO, Cleveland, OK, and Carthage, MO. He loved traveling, hunting, gardening, music, baseball, and ice cream. Gifted with dry wit, he was always compassionate and a loyal friend and mentor. He was always there for his family and will be remembered as a loving father and doting grandfather. He will be missed by all.
Survivors include; two sons, Michael Keith, Carthage, MO and Byron Keith, Broken Arrow, OK; two daughters, Leisa Matthews, Carthage, MO and Tanya Elaine Keith White and husband Gentry, Brisbane, Australia; one sister, Melba Jean Wilson Elkins, Neosho; 8 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Duane Keith and one daughter-in-law Sunny Keith.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 pm, Monday, February 24, 2020 in the Chapel at Ulmer Funeral Home in Carthage, MO.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the Seneca Church Of Christ with Andy Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Buzzard Cemetery, Racine, MO.
Funeral arrangements are under the personal direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, 1101 Cherokee Ave, Seneca, MO.


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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday February 24, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday February 24, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Ulmer Funeral Home
    Address
    1208 South Garrison Ave,
    CARTHAGE, MO 64836
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  • Service

    Tuesday February 25, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Seneca Church Of Christ
    Address
    1820 St. Louise St
    SENECA, MO 64865
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  • Interment

    Location
    Buzzard Cemetery
    Address
    RACINE, MO
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Richard Cook

Posted at 09:49pm
I just found out about Mr. Keith's passing He was my principal when l taught Special Education at Carthage Junior High in the 70's.A wonderful man, supportive of Special Olympics always a smile and a pat. As an aside l also taught in Cleveland, Ok one year. One of the best! Richard Cook
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Dr. Kelly A. Woestman

Posted at 09:15pm
Leisa - Your father was my first principal at Carthage Junior High School. He was such a caring man.
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