In Memory of

Keith P. Willis

August 17, 1951 - September 22, 2010
Keith Page Willis, the son of Vance and Margorie (Page) Bainbridge was born on August 17, 1951 in Escondido, CA. He attended San Diego schools before moving to Wilcox, AZ where he attended Wilcox Public Elementary School. The family relocated to Kingsley, IA where he graduated from Kingsley-Pierson High School in 1970. Following graduation, he attended Southern State College in Springfield, SD for a year. Keith moved to Cherokee where he worked for Ament Construction. Years later, he became owner of Curtis and Willis Construction in Cherokee. He then worked for the City of Cherokee at the Cherokee Fire Department for 25 years. Keith was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee, IA. He enjoyed boating in Okoboji, snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park, traveling, and collecting antiques. Most of all Keith enjoyed being with his family and friends. On September 22, 2010, Keith passed away in Council Bluffs, IA at the age of 59 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margorie Bainbridge. He is survived by his two sons; Joshua (Christy) Willis of Johnston, IA and Jeremy Willis of Paragould, AR; his father Vance(Lorraine) Bainbridge of Kingsley, IA; his sister Kathy(Jim) Hudec of Walthill, NE; grandchildren; Brooke and Brady Willis of Johnston, IA, friend, Martha Green of Council Bluffs, IA; many other relatives and friends. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Cherokee Fire Department.
SERVICES
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 25, 2010, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee.
OFFICIATING
Rev. Magrey R. deVega
CASKET BEARERS
Terry Ruschmann Mike Rose Greg Eaton Randy Reeves Roger Frisbee Rich Cook
VISITATION
Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. Friday, with the family present from 5:30-8:00 P.M. Friday night at the CHEROKEE FIRE DEPARTMENT in Cherokee.
MUSIC
"In The Garden" "How Great Thou Art" "Amazing Grace" Organist- Sherry Held Soloist Blake Burroughs
INTERMENT
Kingsley Cemetery Kingsley, Iowa

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Monday, September 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. ”
- Kim Hubbard Friloux
Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I'm incredibly sorry for your loss. As a good friend of Martha's, I was aware of his difficult battle with cancer. Although I was never able to meet him, I have heard many great things about Keith.

Please know he has been an example of courage, support and love. I hope you find comfort in the many memories you have of your Dad and friend, and knowing he is at peace.

Thoughts and prayer to you all-his family and friends.”
- Lindee Russell
Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy.”
- Pat and Mark Hubbard
Friday, September 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy goes to all of you. Keith was a big part of so many lives in Cherokee whether it was as 'Fireman Keith' or at St. Paul's where I served on several committees with him. He will really be missed and we were blessed to know him. I wish I was going to be in town Saturday for his service, but I will be thinking of all of you.”
- Linda L. Christensen
Friday, September 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, Dad and Grandpa. I just remember Keith always had a smile on his face and never an unkind word about anyone. The video is a wonderful tribute to his smile and ability to always have fun. Keep those memories close to your heart - no one or nothing can take that away. He will be missed.

An old classmate from Good Ole Kingsley-Pierson High.

Dee Waltman”
- Dee Waltman
Friday, September 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“May God be with your family, bring you peace, and fill your heart with wonderful memories.”
- Sandy Gustafson
Friday, September 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I was so very sorry to hear of the loss of Keith, I am a classmate of his, and after viewing the video tribute to him have seen he lived a full and happy life. Please pass my condolences to his family, I know he will be greatly missed.”
- Tina (Treptow) Widlock
Friday, September 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Our sympathy in Keith's passing. Kelly enjoyed working with Keith, he was supportive in his work at the firestation and patient. He will be missed by all who knew him. ”
- Chuck Joanne & Kelly Clark
Friday, September 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To Keith's family,

Please accept our deepest condolences on the death of our dear Keith. His life on Earth ended at a young age, but his was a life well-lived...May his spirit soar among the great legions of souls alive in the vastness of creation!

We bless him and will miss his presence among us. We pray for comfort for his loved ones...May they find great joy in their happy memories of their brother/father/grandfather/uncle/nephew/special friend.


With sorrow and love,


Lou (Uncle Butch) and Susan Willis


- Susan Willis
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To all of those in the Willis family and who were dear to Keith. You are in our thoughts, prayers, and hearts. Stay strong throughout this tough time in your lives. Especially to Jeremy and Shay: We love you and will always be here for you.”
- Bryan & Lana Pekarek
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Josh and Jeremy and families - I am sorry to hear of your loss. I appreciated knowing your Dad and valued his support and encouragement when I was pastor in Cherokee. You are in my prayers.”
- Gary Armstrong
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy to you Jeremy and to your family. All our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Tony R Hall
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To the Family of Keith Willis My thoughts and prayers are with you all, He was a good man and will be missed dearly.GOD BLESS ”
- Amy S (Strahmann) Booher
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Jeremy and Shay, Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time. Although we never met your dad, he became a part of our lives through you. May God bless you and your family.
Jeremy & Tara”
- Jeremy R Heath
Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you, and have been with you at this time of sorrow. Keith was a great friend. He was very fortunate to have such loving people taking care of him. Thank you for that.
- Steve Fassler
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