|Louis Henry Keith
of Collinsville, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Tulsa, OK.
He was 75. Louis was born on September 11, 1940 to Louis Henry Keith,
Sr. and the former Lucille Miller.
be Monday, March 7, 2016 at Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home from 9:00
a.m. 8:00 p.m.
will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the First Baptist Church
of Collinsville with Dr. Tim Prock officiating. Interment will follow
at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Collinsville.
Louis was a lifelong
resident of the Collinsville area. Before he worked with the school
he and his father owned and operated their dairy farm. He then worked
as Director of Transportation for Collinsville Public Schools until
his retirement. He attended Collinsville High School where he was active
in the FFA. He received many awards including the star farmer of Oklahoma
Award. He graduated from OSU with a degree in dairy production and agronomy.
Louis was a big supporter of school activities and organizations, including
the school's Crimson Cadets.
Louis is survived
by his wife Peggy Keith of the home; his children, Angela Wilzcek, Trey
Keith, Kendra Salisbury, Holly Bays, Stephanie Himebaugh, Christopher
Watkins, Kacy Keim, and Kyle Keith; 18 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren;
and a host of extended family and friends. Louis was preceded in death
by his parents, Louis and Lucille Keith, Sr.
In lieu of flowers,
the family suggests making a donation in Louis Keith's name to the Collinsville
Crimson Cadets. Please memo all donations to Louis Keith Memorial Band
Fund. Send all donations to CPS Education Service Center, 1902 W Maple
St, Collinsville, OK 74021.
Services are under
the direction of Collinsville
Dolton Funeral Home, (918) 371-2111
served our school district for decades as a Transportation Director,
bus driver, snow remover, parking attendant, handyman, and in so
many other ways. Louis knew every square inch of our district and
could tell you not only right where someone was located but also
who lived there before, the history about the areas around that
location, and various other pieces of information and opinion! We
always joked that we didn't need our routes on a computer program
because we had Louis. Louis was a very passionate, emotional, good-hearted,
hard-working, tough as a boot, sometimes cantankerous, always loyal
employee. I have never met someone who could make you fighting mad
and within minutes have you laughing! A few years ago, it was estimated
that Louis had driven the Collinsville Crimson Cadet bands "over
a million miles" during the past several decades! I hope all
of you got to experience, at least one time, the emotional and incredibly
compassionate side of Louis...for his sometimes rough exterior,
he was literally a "teddy bear" when it came to his drivers,
our students, his friends, and most of all, his family.
Louis also had been battling cancer along with some other health
issues over the past few years. As Louis would, he never wanted
a fuss to be made about his situation and fought his conditions
to the end. He was surrounded by his family the last few days of
his life and, in my opinion, passed on with the comfort of knowing
how much they loved and cared for him. Louis' funeral will be held
Tuesday (March 8th) at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in
Collinsville. Their will be a viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
on Monday, March 7th at Dolton's Funeral Home in Collinsville. In
lieu of flowers, the family asked that you donate money to the "Louis
Keith Memorial Fund" which has been designated to help purchase
new band uniforms for the Crimson Cadets.
-- Superintendent Lance West 3/4/2016