Keith Kermit Blauvelt passed from this life Nov. 28, 2010, at the age of 96 years, 5 months and 5 days at the Pioneer Nursing Home in Mullen where he had resided for the last few years.
Keith was born June 23, 1914, to Leslie Joseph and Adda Ethel (Wood) Blauvelt in a sod house southwest of Thedford on the Blauvelt homestead. he was the forth of five children.
As a young man his family were farmers and he worked with his family and neighbors breaking horses, picking corn and whatever else there was to do to make a living during the “dirty thirties.”
Keith graduated from Thedford High School in 1932 and went on to Bible School at North Central Bible Institute in the fall of 1937.In the meantime he worked many different places, including cutting posts in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He also worked with the CCC’s at Halsey planting trees in the now largest hand planted forest in the nation.
In 1939, he and his sister, Mildred, started holding services at the Knobby Ridge School House, west of Taylor. It was during his ministry that he met his future bride, Barbara Drake, it was love at first sight and a love that was to endure for the rest of his life. They married Aug. 31, 1939 and to this union were born three children, LaDean, Severt and Marvin.
Keith was a farmer, rancher, bronc buster, electrician, fisherman, hunter, carpenter being instrumental in building 23 churches, and an untold number of houses. Most of all he was a God fearing man sharing his faith in Jesus Christ and devoting over 50,000 hours in the study of God’s Word. He was a preacher, Sunday School teacher, Deacon, and a man of high standards, loving husband, father, and a neighbor to all men and was there to help anyone in need.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Joseph; mother, Adda Ethel; sister, Greta Madron and Mildred Bunner; brothers, Forrest and Eldon; brother-in-law, Vance Bunner; sister-in-law, Dorothy Blauvelt; grandsons, Randy Dean Blauvelt and Steven Petersen; and great-grandson, Dustin Petersen.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Barbara; daughter, LaDean (Dale) McGonigle, son, Severt; son, Marvin (Maxyne) Blauvelt; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and lots of friends.
He will be missed by all who knew him, especially the nurses and caregivers at the rest home who got to enjoy his songs, poetry and quoting scripture up until the end of his life.