John "Jack" Edward Keith, 92, of Holiday Island, Ark., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Brighton Ridge, Ark.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1920, in Van Buren, Ark., son of Lawrence Fuller and Jatta (Taylor) Keith. He grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Westport High School. He attended Oklahoma Military Academy before transferring to University of Missouri in Columbia, where he was a 1943 graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in history. Following his college graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944. During the war, he received numerous medals, including a Purple Heart; an American Campaign Medal; and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, June (Heger) Keith, on Jan. 11, 1971. He was united in marriage to Linda Harper on July 3, 1974, in Chesterfield and she survives.
At the age of 60 he retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as assistant vice president of residence services after a 37-year career. He was a member of the Holiday Island V.F.W. Post #77, the Holiday Island American Legion Post #36 and a past member of the Holiday Island Rotary Club. He was a charter member of the Holiday Island Community Church.
Additional survivors include: two sons, Lawrence Edward Keith and his wife, Jeanne, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and John Heger Keith and his wife Diane, of Brookfield, Wis.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, James Wallace Keith, his parents and his sister, Ann Elizabeth Fitzmier.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Holiday Island Community Church, with Rev. Dr. John Wallace officiating. Flag folding ceremony was provided by members of the Holiday Island American Legion Post #36. Entombment was at Oak Grove Memorial Mausoleum in St. Louis at on Tuesday.
Memorial donations may be made to the Holiday Island Community Church, and entrusted to the White Funeral Home, Cassville.