Dr. James N. Keith
Dr. James “Jim” Norman Keith, 86, passed peacefully among his loving family on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Bridgeway Christian Village.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Joan Katherine (LaDeur) Keith of 63 years of marriage. His daughter Julie (Clifford) Smith, Steven (Michelle) Keith, Lawrence Keith, Richard (Barbara) Keith Ted (Ann) Keith, John (Sindi) Keith, Grandchildren, Great grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his brothers Ronald (Evelyn) Keith and Lawrence (Joan) Keith.
A proud Naval Veteran of the Korean War, he had a distinguished 35 year career as a Research Chemist at Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute where he received his doctorate in chemistry. Following his retirement in 1990, he enrolled at College of DuPage and took many courses in gardening and finally in the University of Illinois course earning the title of Master Gardner 1994. He worked for 14 years at Wannemaker’s Home and Garden Center advising customers and sharing gardening tips. He volunteered at the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service office manning the phones and writing informative pamphlets. He was named Illinois Outstanding Master Gardner of the year in 1997. Far above and beyond all of these accomplishments he was a family man and he and Joan loved to have them over for dinner. Weather permitting there was always a garden walk followed by a card game or two. Holidays would always find plenty of family and good food at the Keith home.
Memorial Visitation Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 3-7 p.m. with memorial service at 5:00 p.m. at Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758540, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8540 appreciated. Interment will be private at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. For additional information 630-832-4161.
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