Howard Keim

Howard H. Keim Jr., 93, of Metamora, died at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born June 11, 1905, in Ladoga, Ind., a son of Howard H. and Emma Harshbarger Keim. He married Winifred O’Connor on Sept. 26, 1930, in McPherson, Kan. She died June 17, 1970. He also was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. He later married Eunice Bucher Schmidt on Dec. 19, 1970, in Metamora. She survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Rowan Daggett of Leesburg, Ind., Nancy Lengel of McPherson, Lois Keim of Chicago and Julia Smith of LaJara, Colo.; one stepdaughter, Dorothy Evans of Mossville; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

A Church of the Brethren pastor for more than 72 years, he last served as a full-time minister at the Church of the Brethren in Peoria. He attained his bachelor’s degree from McPherson College in Kansas; his master’s degree from Northwestern; and his theological seminary degree from D.M. Garrett Theological Seminary in Illinois.

He was an Equal Rights Administration member, participating in the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. He was first chair and co-founder of the Peoria Planned Parenthood Association and also participated in building Habitat for Humanity homes.

He was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Peoria, where services were held Thursday, Jan. 21, with Rev. Bob Smith officiating. His body was donated to medical science. Mason Funeral Home in Metamora was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to his church, Planned Parenthood Association, Peoria chapter or Heifer Project International.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/27/1999

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Howard Keim, 93, of Metamora, died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, from injuries sustained in a car accident. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Peoria Church of the Brethren.

Howard married the former Eunice Bucher Schmitt, sister of Sherman Bucher and Mildred Foutch, both of Astoria.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/20/1999 (pending)


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