Collinsville, Oklahoma
March 6, 2016
Louis Keith 1940 - 2016
Louis Henry Keith, Jr.
Born: September 11, 1940
Died: March 03, 2016

Funeral Services March 8th
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.

Visitation will be Monday, March 7, 2016 at Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services 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

Collinsville Schools lost two great men within a 24 hour period. Craig Creech and Louis Keith left this Earth and now reside in Heaven. I had the pleasure to work closely with both of these gentlemen for many years and know that their families are in need of our prayers today. Words can`t express the influence these guys had on me and the gratitude so many of us have for them. Our loss is truly Heaven`s gain. Rest in peace my good friends. -- Terry Due 3/3/2016
Louis Keith 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
I am a part of Louis' extended family. His grandfather Henry Keith and my grandmother May Belle Keith (Evans) were both children of Felix G. Keith who moved his family to the Collinsville area in August 1897 from Missouri in a covered wagon. -- Ted Wright

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