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Keith Wahl, age 61, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, October 17, 2015, peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.
Memorial Services will be 11:00 AM on Friday, October 23, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Pastor Jeff Mueller officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Friday at the funeral home.
Keith was born September 12, 1954, in Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was born to Alfred and Bernice (Gross) Wahl. His education began near Emery, South Dakota, two miles from the family farm at Taylor #5 Country School. He went to Emery High School and eventually moved to Yankton, South Dakota in 1969, where he eagerly graduated from Yankton High School.
After graduating, Keith worked in Yankton until 1975. In 1975, he was in a car accident that severed his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the neck down. He then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota while going through rehabilitation, and also attended Hennepin Country Junior College for a couple semesters. After moving back to Yankton, he attended Mount Marty College, but had to quit due to health issues. He later went back to classes at USD, but had to quit once again due to health complications.
Keith met the love of his life, Ann Fields in 1998, and they continued their life in Yankton. Before his injury, Keith enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, motorcycles, and having fun with his friends. After he became paralyzed, he liked listening to music, computers, meeting new people, and going places.
Keith is survived by Ann Fields, of Yankton, South Dakota; step-daughter Brittany (Jeff) Mueller of Yankton; step-son, Dan Fields (Barb Kost) of Yankton; and his grandson, Gunnar; brother, Sid (Deb) Wahl of Elk Point, South Dakota; nephew Brian (Amber) Wahl and their children, Kennedy and Camille; nephew, Jake (Tracy) Wahl of Tea, South Dakota; brother, Gary Wahl of Yankton; and sister, Carol Wahl of Alexandria, Minnesota.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Bernice Wahl.
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My deepest sympathies on Keith's death. I have not seen him for quite some time, but I have fond memories of times he spent with Charlie those many years ago.
May he rest in peace.
Mary Ellen Brosonski
So saddened to hear of Keith's passing. I have not seen him for years but have such nice memories of him back in the good old days of high school and shortly after. Please accept my prayers for your family.
I had some good time's with Keith and we alway's had a good time at the Springfield Duck's Unlimited
So sorry to hear of Keith's passing, but his new life in God's house will be so much easier for him. It has been many years since I spoke with Keith and his family, worked with his mother Bernice a long time ago and met Keith & Sid through her. My sincere condolences to the entire family and remember that Keith will be missed, but has joined those that passed before him, in such a better place.
DiAnn (Voll) Blakey
So sorry to hear about Keith's passing, worked with Keith at National Food Store in Yankton many year's ago, was a good guy, and am sure will be missed, my thought's and prayer's are with you all.
So sorry to hear about Keith's passing. Ann you were a rock in Keith's life. I so enjoyed you both for years. Reading it in the paper gave me a rush of memories, laughing and sharing .
Thanks for all those times.
Our deepest sympathies to all that loved Keith! He was a nice guy, always fun when Keith was around! Rest in peace, Keith.
Jane and Mike Lemay
Deepest sympathy goes out to the Wahl family. Was surprised to read his name in the obit section of the paper. The family will be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. God's blessings to you all. Sorry I won't be able to attend the funeral as my sister and I will be out of town.
Your cousin Sharon
Sid, Gary, Carol and other family members. Jim and I would like to extend our condolences in the passing of Keith.
Sid, Gary, Carol, and family. I am sorry to hear about Keith's passing. We did a lot of crazy stuff together over the years and he will be missed. His attitude and smart a#@ remarks made for never a dull moment around him.
RIP my friend Mark Pierce
I recently retired from the South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services after forty years. During that time, over a period of several years, I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Keith as my client. I came to like Keith very much and respected him a great deal for his good attitude toward life and his circumstances. I also respected his resolve in trying to overcome his disability and to be as productive as he could be. As you know, his health issues interfered greatly with his ability to complete his college education and to attain a gainful career in business management and computers. I know he tried his best to overcome the many hardships in his life and I don't think he ever lost his determination and sense of humor in this process. I was saddened to learn of his passing. He was one of my favorite clients and I always enjoyed my time with him. My deepest sympathies are with his family. May God bless Keith, as he moves into the next life, and you.
So very sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Oh so many memories of the "old" days come to mind! He always had a smile for me! We loved to give each other a difficult time! Had not seen him since we moved. Rest in Peace.....oh wait we are talking about Keith, he is kicking up his heels once again!
Kathi & Steve Larson
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I have many fond memories of spending time with Keith when I was growing up. He was always a very positive and generous person. He is the reason the Chicago Cubs will always be my favorite baseball team!
Ann, Sid, Carol, Gary and family. Sorry to hear of your loss. So many good memories of Keith and all of the road trips we took. Thoughts and prayers are with you all in the days ahead.
So sorry to hear of Keith's passing. My thoughts & prayers to all the family. I enjoyed visiting with him. He was a great guy. Also make me think about all the rest of the family that I have worked with years ago. My sympathies to all of you.
So sorry to hear about Keith passing away, he was a wonderful person, who I had the opportunity to know, even though I had not seen him for years, I could not forget that smile of his. Please accept my Sympathy to all of his friends and family.
Sid, Deb, boys and families,
My heart hurts with the news of Keith's passing. Such a wonderful guy who taught us all so much, without even knowing he was doing so. If anyone knew how to get passed the struggles that life brings us, it was Keith. Heaven gained a new Angel today, one that will be missed by many he left behind. God's blessings and hugs to each of you. May the memories you have of Keith fill the void in your hearts and bring peace within.
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