Keith's older brothers both served in World War II and he grew up listening to President Franklin Roosevelt's fireside chats. Nicknamed "Windy" because he liked to talk a lot, Keith was always very devout. He went to Bible college and then planned to become a missionary in Brazil. He was drafted, but was excused when he said he planned to be a missionary.
Keith met his wife Lois Jean on a street corner. They were taking part in a youth festival with their church. Lois Jean was the sister of the pastor's wife and an avid musician. She'd taught herself to play piano at the age of 3 and she also played the accordion and the church organ. The couple went to Brazil together and their only child, Linda, was born in Sao Paolo.
Keith never did learn Portuguese fluently, but despite the danger - Linda's attempted kidnapping and the floods that took out one of the church's campers, killing two young girls who were with their group - Keith and Lois Jean tried hard to stay in Brazil. They went back and forth until Linda was 9. That year, there were political riots, and they got caught up in them. After that, Brazil started to require that missionaries pay a $10,000 deposit, and the family couldn't afford it.
Upon returning home to Dayton, Keith worked for a Christian radio station, WEEC. He was manning the news ticker on the day that President John F. Kennedy was shot. Later on, in the 1980's, Keith sold life insurance. The family kept up their good works stateside. On Sunday afternoons, they'd play music at senior communities. They helped widows, taking them food and making sure they had their finances in order. Keith loved making ice cream for July 4th barbecues. The family also took in children in need on the weekends, feeding them.
Ever the Depression child, Keith would always try and fix anything that went wrong at home - doing plumbing, heating, and odd jobs. But he rarely succeeded. Keith loves being a grandfather to Linda's two boys. He'd treat them like little adults, enlisting their help to fine-tune their tricycles or other toys, or teaching them to garden as he'd taught his daughter. And eventually, he did make it back to Brazil a couple of times in the late 1980's, helping to found a missionary organization called the Brazilian Evangelical Association.