Keith W. Williams, age 66, of Mission Hill, South Dakota, died Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Monday, October 12, 2015 at Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton with Reverend Rodney Veldhuizen officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, on Sunday, October 11, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a video tribute and time of sharing at 6:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Monday.
Pallbearers are Dale Jansen, John Yaggie, Tom Slowey, Tom Conger, Dave Haas and Larry Lanning. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Keith was born June 13, 1949 in Yankton, South Dakota to Elmer and Leila (Stewart) Williams. He grew up in Mission Hill, South Dakota and moved to a farm north of Yankton when he was nine years old. Keith graduated from Yankton High School in 1967. On July 7, 1967, he married Darlene "Dee" Dilts in Yankton. After their marriage, they lived in Sioux Falls for one year while Dee finished nursing school. Then they lived on the family farm until moving to Mission Hill in 1976. Keith worked at the Human Services Center as physical therapy aide for several years and then drove truck for various companies. He spent 36 years in maintenance and as a boiler operator, first for the Yankton School District and the last 26 years at Sacred Heart Monastery. Keith was an avid hunter and especially loved deer and elk hunting. Habitat conservation was very important to him and he was an active member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and National Rifle Association. Keith also served on the Yankton Rural Fire Board and Mission Hill North Township Board. Keith enjoyed Dutch oven cooking and was especially known for his pitchfork fondue. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, off road racing, traveling and going on road trips. Keith was a great storyteller and a collector of everything. He loved his family, had a strong faith in God which shown through in how he treated others and his willingness to help anyone in need.
Keith will be deeply missed by his wife, Dee Williams of Mission Hill; two children, Dawn (Rick) Sawtell and Ryan (Jennifer) Williams, both of Mission Hill; nine grandchildren: Erik, Shaun, Chris, Brandon, Dalton and Nathan Sawtell, Samantha, Ellison and Kinsley Williams; two brothers, Clifton (Lindy) Williams of Irene, SD and Kenneth (Mary) Williams of Yankton; and several nieces and nephews.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Dee and family,
I just learned of Keith's passing and I am so very sorry for your huge loss. Know that I am thinking of you in this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Most sincerely, Wally Ann Flint Schellpeper
We are so very sorry for your loss. Keith will be missed by us forever. What a great guy and friend.
Jack and Tammy Smith
Dee and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our prayers and thoughts. May the Lord comfort you all in this time of great sorrow. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Sincerely, Todd and Lori West
We are so very sorry to learn of Keith's death. He was such a nice guy. You are all in our hearts, thoughts & prayers. Rest in peace Keith.
Kay & Kerry Kasulka
Dee and family, so shocked to hear of Keiths passing. We just saw each other for the first time after 50 years and so much enjoyed visiting and trying to catch up after so many years had passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dee and Family,
Words cannot express how we hurt for you all. Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts, not just now but in the months to come. Keith's loss and the void left will last the rest of our days but the wonderful memories will be there too.
I'll miss the late night phone conversations
Les & Sandi Speakman
Dee and family,
So sorry for your loss - sending prayers your way.
Gary and Kathy Boltjes
Sorry to hear about your loss-our condolences to the Williams family.
Tess and Mike
Keith will be missed by Mark Hansen who worked with him at Mount Marty he will be missed.Sending prayers your way.
Dee and Family, We are saddened to hear the news of Keith's passing. I am so grateful for the time we had together this past May. During this difficult time, let the hope of Christ's resurrection bring comfort to you.
Karen and Jerry Peterson
The Williams family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Jan and Dave Herbel
Dee and family, So sorry for your loss. Our sympathies to your family.
Jim & Mary DeLozier
Dee,you and your family have our deepest sympathy. We will keep all of you in our prayers.
Roger and Sheila Hisek
So very sorry to hear of your loss of Keith. When we think of him we will always see his smile. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathi and Steve Larson
So sad to read of Keith's passing. He was a grade ahead of me at YHS and our kids later went to Mission Hill school and our girls were in 4H showing horses. Please find strength in God and remember all the special times.
Dee and Family,
Sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed our recent visit with you both at our reunion. You are in my prayers.
My heart goes out to you each every one of the family. I wish I were closer so I could be with you at this time of loss. I know that Keith will be greatly missed, he had his own brand of humor that was unique to him. The memories of camping in Montana are still meaningful today.
Dee and family, We're so sorry to hear of Keith's passing. He was as personable as anyone I have ever met.
Tim & Joni Branaugh
We are so sorry for your loss. Keith was such a nice guy. We were friends since high school.He will be missed very much.
Rex & Kay Fiedler
Keith was a great guy. The world will miss him.
David and Erin Schuster
I was saddened to find out that Keith had passed away. I knew him from high school and the youth group at Calvary Baptist Church. He has left many wonderful memories through out his life time and we are thankful for knowing him. Our hearts go out for your loss.
Carol (Mallery) Janssen
Darlene, I was so shocked to see the notification of Keith's death. I am so sorry! It was just a few days ago that I spoke to you. Please take care of yourself and lean on friends and loved ones ! Thinking of you!
Dee, so sorry to hear about Keith's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with Keith when I worked at Mount Marty. I would bump into him frequently. I always enjoyed our visits and he always perked me up! Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I graduated from high school with Keith and I was Cathy Nelson. He was a kind and very nice kid and man. He was blessed with a relationship with our Lord which means he is eternally with God and pain-free and peacefully enjoying forever fellowship with God and God's children. Amen for that. Memories of Keith and your wonderful life together will sustain you forever.
Cathy Nelson Stanton
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