|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1969|
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 2004|
Age: 34 yrs.
S/O Jerome K. Abbe, Jr. & Deborah (Inman) Abbe Gordon
SS/O Gary Gordon
Last Residence: Midland, Midland County, Michigan 48640, USA [SSDI]
Obituary, The Wilson County News (Floresville, TX), 13 Apr 2004:
Keith J. Abbe, age 34 died Sunday March 7, 2004. The son of Deborah (Inman) Gordon and the late Jerome Abbe, Jr. was born on December 10, 1969 in Midland. Keith graduated from Bullock Creek High School in 1988; he graduated from Delta College and later graduated from Central Michigan University with a BA in History. He started his teaching career as a student teacher with the H. H. Dow High School and later taught history for E.T.C. of Midland prior to moving to Arizona to teach at the Cartwright School System for at risk students ages 16 to 19.
Keith was an accomplished and talented martial artist, karate instructor, practitioner and teacher of authentic ancient Okinawan weapons under the instruction of the late weapons master Matayoshi Shimpo. Keith spent nearly fifteen years of arduous training in Shorin-Ryu kratedo under the instruction of world famous master Tadashi Yamashita. Keith and fellow black-belt Kevin Lee, initially practiced together in the back yard of their local sensei, Ragnar Avery, eventually assisting in the birth and growth of Sensei Avery?s school, The Midland Shorin-Ryu Karate Budokan. Several years ago, Keith and Kevin opened their own Kobudo (Okinawan weapons) program. Keith loved karate and he loved teaching. He brought an uncommon enthusiasm and he imparted a sense of joy for learning and seeking knowledge to every one of his karate students, just as he did with each of his students in the school system where he taught. Keith?s presence and dynamic influence will be greatly missed by all of us who taught along side with him, as well as by all of us who learned so much from him.
Keith was also an accomplished building tradesman. He was expert at rough and finish carpentry, dry walling, ceramic tiling, and artistic renovation of both old homes and new construction. He brought the same level of artistic perception and expression to his construction and renovation jobs which he imparted to his teaching responsibilities. For a season, Keith taught and worked with Kevin, an experienced emergency physician by trade, in a successful home renovation enterprise which they administered jointly.
Keith is survived by his mother Deborah Gordon and his step father Gary Gordon of Midland. He is also survived by his sister Angela "Lala" (Mark) King of Midland; nieces Ashley, Sarah, Courtney and nephew Markie all of Midland; grandparents, Marjorie Inman, Vivian Abbe both of Midland and Helen Witbrodt of De Leon Springs, FL. Keith will be missed by several aunts, uncles, cousins and his extended school and Karate friends. Keith was predeceased by his father, Jerome K. Abbe, Jr.; grandfathers, Howard Inman, Jerome K. Abbe, Sr. and Ted Witbrodt.
Funeral service for Keith will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday, March 15, 2004 from the Midland Missionary Church with the Reverend Fred Becknell officiating. Interment will be in Lee Twp. Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wilson Miller Funeral Home on Saturday from 6 to 8 and on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8. Friends may also call at the church on Monday from 10:00 AM until time of service. Memorials may be offered for At Risk Educational Programs in care of Gary Gordon. Please share a memory of Keith at the funeral home or online at www.wilson-miller.com .
1969 - 2004
Lee Township Cemetery
Created by: Earl Abbe
Record added: May 05, 2008
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