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Clifford DeMont Keith

Venango County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Dec 1986 (aged 92)
Edgemont, Riverside County, California, USA
Burial Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
Plot H 112
Memorial ID 32899214 · View Source
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Clifford Keith was my grandfather. He was the son of Heister Keith and Rachel Keeley Keith. He was born at the Keeley Farm, Venango County, Pennsylvania.

Clifford served in the United States Army in World War I from May 28, 1918, to August 2, 1919. He held the rank of Pvt. 1C and served as a cook with his unit in France.

On June 21, 1920, he married Alice Honora Prosser. Clifford and Alice had two children, Margaret Alice (July 10, 1924) and Gordon Wesley (March 27, 1926).

Clifford worked as a pipefitter and steamfitter, working at steel mills. He also worked in Tennessee at an atomic energy plant (WPA) at Oak Ridge.

He was an avid baseball fan. He enjoyed bowling, playing pinochle, and spending time with family. His beautiful tenor voice served him well singing barbershop harmonies. He loved to tell jokes. One little prank that he would play on children (done with a smile on his face, a chuckle in his voice, and eyes twinkling) went something like this: "Tell me, are you a good speller?" The child would usually say, "Pretty good," or something to that effect. He would then say, "Do you like to spell big words or little words the best?" The child would say, "Little words." Then, he would say to the child, "Okay, then, spell 'mosquito.'"

Clifford loved the comedian and story-teller Myron Cohen. Whenever Mr. Cohen appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, Clifford would sit in his favorite chair, just giggling and chuckling quietly as Myron would spin his tales. After many years of enjoying Mr. Cohen's wonderful stories, he finally wrote him a fan letter, telling Myron how much he loved his stories and humor. Mr. Cohen answered Clifford's letter, thanking him for writing. Clifford saved the letter.

He was a dear, kind man. He loved his family. He loved his dogs. He swore like a sailor when angry. He voted a straight Democratic ticket. His favorite hymn was "In The Garden."

We miss him to this day. Clifford is survived by 10 grandchildren and their children.

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