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Jul 24, 1930

Keith Britton was born

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 9:01 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Keith Britton was born in Kinsman, OH.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1935

Keith at age 5

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:09 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1936

Losing the Farm

Posted at Jan. 20, 2018, 4:15 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Family lost their farm in Kinsman, move to Springfield.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1936

Keith mows the lawn

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 9:41 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Mar 1, 1936

After losing their farm...

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 9:13 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

They stayed in Kinsman - moved into a farmhouse divided down the middle. They lived on one side and another family who'd also lost their home lived on the other. They continued to farm, just farming somebody else's land.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1940

Keith's parents H. Kline (1893-1959) and Elsie Britton (1896-1966)

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:21 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Dec 7, 1941

A Day That Will Live in Infamy. Young Keith would always remember it.

Posted at Jan. 20, 2018, 4:20 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 31, 1941

Keith's brothers head off to War

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 2:11 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Keith's two brothers Darl and Lyle serve in WW2. Young Keith listens with his parents to FDR's fireside chats on the radio

Jan 1, 1945

Keith with his parents and grandmother

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:54 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1947

Meeting the love of his life

Posted at Jan. 22, 2018, 12:16 a.m. by Theo LeCompte

Keith met his wife Lois Jean on a street corner. It was a youth festival – a church-sponsored activity-- and she played accordion and he sang. She'd taught herself to play the piano, accordion and organ starting at age three—what would become a lifelong musical collaboration for the couple. Keith's pastor’s wife was Lois’s sister.

Feb 1, 1948

Roller skating

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:53 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda Britton-Zier: “Growing up, dad’s main pastime was roller skating!! Every teen congregated at the Roller rink on Friday and Saturday nights. My uncle Lyle and Aunt Wanda skated so well together, apparently, they were like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! Dad LOVED to skate and did so until I graduated from high school. He and I would skate together sometimes.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 1, 1948

Keith's high school graduating class

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:11 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

May 1, 1948

Keith's graduation picture from Williamsfield High School

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:13 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aug 15, 1952

Keith and Lois Jean at their wedding reception

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:59 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Aug 15, 1952

Keith and Lois Jean get married

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:56 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

They celebrated with a low key ceremony and reception, joined by just a handful of friends and celebrating in an uncle's basement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aug 15, 1952

Keith and Lois Jean with friends on their wedding day

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:59 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1953

Keith and Lois Jean

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:14 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 1, 1954

Keith's college senior class

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:12 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1955

Keith and Lois Jean

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:21 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1956

First trip to Brazil

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 3:06 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jun 1, 1956

Keith in front of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro

Posted at Jan. 22, 2018, 12:02 a.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1958

His favorite song, Nat King Cole's "My Heart's Treasure" comes out

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 2:13 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1961

Linda was born

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:15 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda is his only daughter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1963

Keith, Lois Jean and Linda at Word of Life Camp

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 9:50 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1963

Word of Life Camp

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 9:51 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda Britton-Zier: "We spent every summer (in the southern hemisphere that's January-February) at that camp. Dad was in charge of supplies. During the school year we had a VW bus mom would put the organ in back and Dad would preach and mom would play and they would sing."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1963

Word of Life Camp

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:51 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Nov 22, 1963

JFK Assassinated

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 2:17 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

From Linda: That was my first memory when I was 3, sitting on the couch sobbing. He was reporting on the radio on WEEC at that time of the assassination. He was working the teletype. He still has that teletype somewhere.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nov 22, 1963

Jackie Kennedy returns to Washington after JFK had been assassinated in Dallas

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 3:04 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1964

Word of Life promo photo

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:23 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1965

Keith

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:23 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1965

Keith and Linda in Brazil in front of Corcovado

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 9:48 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1966

An attempted kidnapping

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:14 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda Britton-Zier: “When I was 5—must have been about 1966—I was a victim of an attempted kidnapping in Rio. It was a snatch and grab on the street in downtown Rio. There were people pulling me. Mom was pulling my foot. Storeowners came out hitting the people grabbing me with broomsticks and they finally let go and they ran away. A storeowner invited me into his shop. They gave me sugar water. I remember, it was really good, but I'm not sure that was the best thing to give to agitated child!”

Dec 25, 1966

Christmas on Copacabana Beach

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 8:57 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda Britton-Zier: “In Brasil, Dad LOVED going to the beach. On Christmas one year he bought me a little Styrofoam surf board (1966?). He and I took the bus to Copacabana Beach and played for a few hours. It was a sandy ride home but SO fun! He also loved to fly kites at the beach.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1968

The aftermath of the flood

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:24 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1968

The flash flood

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:29 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda Britton-Zier: “We were living in Rio and we took busloads of kids to the camping the mountains. En route there was flash flood washed away half the mountain. I was 6. We were pulling people into our bus who were caught in the water. Their clothes were washed away, people pulling clothes out of suitcases to clothe them. Where we were parked, the driver said, 'I don't feel safe.' He moved and 15 minutes later that part washed away. We were in two campers, one washed away with Brazilian kids. Two of their kids died. Dad did their funerals.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1968

Photo of the raging waters

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:28 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 2, 1968

The aftermath of the flood

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:25 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 3, 1968

The aftermath of the flood

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:27 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Apr 4, 1968

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, state police cavalry charge students attending a memorial mass for Edson Luis de Lima Souto, a student killed by police, at Candelaria Church on April 4, 1968

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 2:43 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apr 1, 1969

Leaving Brazil

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:13 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

They leave Brazil following political unrest. They think they will return but after a year, it become clear they won’t be able to as Brazil began to require all missionaries to pay a $10,000 deposit if they want to go back.

Jul 20, 1969

Keith watched Neil Armstrong's moon walk at his sister's house

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:16 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1970

Moving in with Evelyn

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 8:53 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Moved in with Lois Jane’s sister Evelyn Cable in Medwey, OH

Jan 1, 1970

Keith, Lois Jean and Linda

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:32 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1971

Keith in Medwey, OH, at right, building a wishing well with his dog Tigger watching

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:34 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1973

Singing Hills Bible Camp

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:13 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda Britton-Zier: “Around 1972-73, the radio station bought a camp near Corbin , Ky. (Singing Hills Bible Camp) Dad ran the camp for 2 summers. We lived in a small cabin and ate with the campers. Dad organized all of the activities and meetings. Mom played the organ or piano, of course! When campers were gone he loved to hike in the hills around camp. I think we came upon an in rusting still or two doing that! There were games, races, skits and lots of laughs!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1977

Keith, Lois Jean and Linda

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:34 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Apr 1, 1978

Linda stars in her high school production of "The King and I"

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 8:54 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda Britton-Zier: “He loved dinner theaters (1970s on) and enjoyed The Sound of Music, fiddler on the Roof and many others. He was very proud when I played Anna in The King and I my senior year. He didn’t cry often, but he’d get a little misty eyed remembering that.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jun 1, 1978

Keith working at Oakes Tool and Dye in Vandalia, OH

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:41 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Sep 1, 1979

Linda heads to college

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 3:31 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Taylor University in Indiana

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1983

Bought the house in Medwey

Posted at Jan. 22, 2018, 12:03 a.m. by Theo LeCompte

That was the first house they owned together. Built in 1869. Historic home downtown. Didn't have a stoplight until around that time. It was a tiny town.

Jun 15, 1983

Keith and Lois Jean's first house in Medwey, OH.

Posted at Jan. 22, 2018, 12:19 a.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1985

Keith and his brothers Lyle (top), and Darl

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:03 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1985

The 1980s

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 2:37 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Keith worked as a life insurance salesman

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1986

First Grandson born

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 4:32 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Ryan was born in 1986 in California while Linda's husband Clark was in seminary

Jan 1, 1988

Second Grandson born

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 4:33 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Justin was born in 1988 in Indiana. By that time Clark had graduated and he was working as a youth pastor in Indiana.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1990

Keith in Brazil

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:04 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1990

Keith with his grandsons

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:42 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1990

Family photo

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:01 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Feb 1, 1990

Brazilian Evangelical Association

Posted at Jan. 22, 2018, 12:04 a.m. by Theo LeCompte

Keith returned for at least two trips to Brazil to launch the "Brazilian Evangelical Association"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 1992

Keith and Lois Jean in front of a theater organ

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:08 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 1995

Bus trips to Branson

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 9:02 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda Britton-Zier: “In the 90’s, he and mom organized senior bus trips to Branson, MO. They did this through the radio station. It took a lot of work, but they truly enjoyed it! They would see several shows and have nice dinners. Mom and dad would treat the bus to a song or two...”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 2002

Keith and Lois Jean with their grandsons Justin (left) and Ryan

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:43 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 1, 2002

Keith and Lois Jean loved boardgames

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 10:48 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Linda Britton-Zier: "Mom and dad loved playing games. They are playing Othello in this picture. We played Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Bogle, Trivial Pursuit. Dad would never play cards because it was associate with gambling in his mind."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aug 15, 2002

Keith and Lois Jean on their wedding anniversary

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:10 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Aug 15, 2002

An invitation to Keith and Lois Jean's 50th wedding anniversary

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:09 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 2012

Lois Jean

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 2:42 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Lois Jean passed away from Alzheimer's disease in 2012.

Dec 20, 2017

Keith at the Brookdale Fort Collins Holiday Party

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 8:59 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 1, 2018

Keith today

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 11:11 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

Jan 15, 2018

Keith is at Brookdale

Posted at Jan. 21, 2018, 9 p.m. by Theo LeCompte

These days, Keith spends his time at Brookdale Fort Collins.