Keith Durham, age 85, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, June 26, 2020 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, WI.
Keith Alvin Durham was born on June 14, 1935 in Humbird, WI the son of Alvin and Charlotte (Walker) Durham. He graduated from Neillsville High School and eventually joined the United States Navy. On June 20, 1959 he was united in marriage to Betty J. Seelow. Keith worked for Hank Marquart moving buildings and running a bulldozer for a few years. He then started a long career working for Nelson Muffler which gave him the opportunity to travel and work in England on and off for 7 years. He also raised feeder pigs, beef cattle, chickens and numerous other animals. Keith loved fishing and hunting for deer, bear and coons and going sightseeing. Keith was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville.
Keith is survived by his wife, Betty, 5 children, Reita (Jim) Gelander of Willard, WI, Richard Durham, Kendall Durham and Korry (Gail) Durham all of Neillsville and Kent (Dawn) Durham of Marshfield, WI, 5 grandchildren, Tasha Gelander, Toni (Matt) Erickson, Alissa Durham, Logan Durham and Sara Durham and 2 great grandchildren, Makenna and Bentley Erickson. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Laura Kutcher of Hixton, Norrine Steinke of Milwaukee, Joan Waltemate of Neillsville, 2 sister-in-laws, Mary Durham of Wausau and Dorothy Pierce of Gleason and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin grandsons, Charles and Keith Gelander, an infant brother, Wendell, a brother, Darrel, a sister, Nadine Durham, 4 brother-in-laws, Glen Kutcher, John Steinke, Earl Waltemate and Don Pierce and 1 niece.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Timothy Biebert will conduct the service. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home and again Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m., at the church prior to the service. Interment will be in the North Pine Valley Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.
Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Keith’s family with funeral arrangements.