Keith Erby

9 julio , 193625 noviembre , 2010

Keith Calton Erby, 74, of Bartonville, passed away at 1:57 P.M., Thursday, November 25, 2010 at Methodist Medical Center surrounded by family after a short, courageous battle with Leukemia.

He was born July 9, 1936 in Peoria to Charles and Jessie (Hopper) Erby. He married Connie Schwartz on April 14, 1973 in Ft. Madison, IA. She survives.

Also surviving is one son Brian (Cachet) Erby of Bartonville, two daughters Lisa (Kevin) Cheatham of Bartonville, Lori (Mike) Button of Trivoli; six grandchildren, Kyle and Cody Cheatham, Michael Button, Ismael Rodriguez, Ana and Alivia Erby; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Gerstenberger.

He was a Navy veteran serving aboard the U.S.S. Destroyer Cascade from 1954 to 1957. He was also a member of the Limestone American Legion Post 979.

Keith worked as a carpenter for local 183 of Peoria, last working for Phil Shindler & Sons of Bartonville before retiring in 1998.

He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and loved Pabst Blue Ribbon.

A funeral service will be held at 1 P.M. Monday November 29, 2010 at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Deacon Lou Tomlionovich will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 P.M., Sunday, November 28, 2010 at the chapel. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony Building Fund or Friends of the Bartonville Fire Department.

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Keith Erby


Richard & Ruth Byrne

10 diciembre , 2010

Keith 'Cuz' RIP...Connie and family, we want to offer our condolences for the loss of such a great man. We had too many wonderful experiences to mention here, but Keith was always a class act.

Richard & Ruth Byrne

10 diciembre , 2010

Keith 'Cuz' RIP...Connie and family, I have too many wonderful memories with 'Cuz' to mention here. Our condolences to you with your loss..he was always a class act.

Debra Stephens

9 diciembre , 2010

I am sorry to hear of your loss. Keith was one of the kindest men I have ever met. He was so gentle with Uncle Willie too. I know he will be missed by all. What a great guy. Debra Stephens/Deb's Barber Shop

Jake and Jeri McCabe and Family

3 diciembre , 2010

Connie and Family, I remember staying with you and Keith as a young man when my Dad went to visit his old Navy Shipmate. In the years afterward my Dad and I would reminisce about that trip and he always kept me up to date on how you and Keith were doing even through my days in the U.S. Navy. I now understand the strong bonds forged between those who served together and hope that God helps you through your time of sorrow. Keith will be missed and remembered by our family too.

Jack McCabe

3 diciembre , 2010

Dear Connie, Brian ,Lisa, & Lori
Sorry to hear of your loss I too, will surely miss calling my Navy Buddy. Keith was someone I thought a lot of and when I think of the times we spent while in the navy I can`t believe he is not with us any more Our condolences and prayers are with you all
Love Jack & Elaine

Sue& Dick Clemons

1 diciembre , 2010

Dear Connie & kids,
We are so sorry of Keith's passing. We will always remember him as smiling and always so glad to see you. He will be missed greatly and may God be with you all and help you through this. Sue & Dick Clemons

Dory Mullen

29 noviembre , 2010

Connie and family, we are so sorry to learn of Keith's death. We didn't make it to the visitation, he was a great guy and we know he will be sorely missed. Our prayers to you all.

Ron and Dory Mullen

28 noviembre , 2010

Dear Connie, Brian, Lisa and Lori,

Carol and I want to offer our sympathy and prayers for Keith and you all. I am sending you a package by mail tomorrow, along with a more personal note of remembrances I have of Keith. He was a great guy and a wonderful friend. We'll miss him and his laughter.
Karl & Carol Hoepfner - Rockport, TX

27 noviembre , 2010

Connie, we are so sad to hear about Keith. I (Marilyn) have many happy childhood memories of Keith and our families while growing up in Bartonville. Our sympathies to you and your family. Marilyn & Bob Hoerr, Sierra Vista, AZ

27 noviembre , 2010

Dear Connie, Brian, Lisa and Lori,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We never forget Keith our Dear Neighbor and Friend, he was very special to us.
Theresa, Dick and Family.