Allnutt Funeral Service – Drake Road Chapel

650 W. Drake Rd., Ft. Collins, CO


Wayne Franklin Keim

May 14, 1923February 11, 2020

Wayne F. Keim, 96, Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University, passed away in Fort Collins on February 11, 2020. He was born to Frank and Alice Voigt Keim on May 14, 1923. He completed three semesters at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln before being called into World War II Army duty. After three years of military service, he returned to the University of Nebraska where he graduated in 1947 with a BS degree, majoring in Agronomy and Mathematics. A basic genetics course taught by his father led him into a long career in genetics and plant breeding.

In September, 1947, he married Joyce Neumann of Lincoln, also a 1947 UN graduate. Wayne completed a MS degree in 1949 and a PhD in 1952 from Cornell University with a major in genetics and plant breeding. His academic appointments took them to Iowa State University, Purdue University, and Colorado State University. Additional short-term positions took them to the University of Hawaii, and the University of Lund, Lund, Sweden. At CSU, Wayne was Head, Department of Agronomy, from 1975 to 1985. He retired from CSU in 1992.

Wayne received many honors and accolades during his career. Purdue students recognized him as “Best Teacher” twice. In 1999, he was listed in Purdue’s initial Book of Great Teachers. In 2007, Wayne was named one of twelve former faculty members to the designation of Legend at Purdue University. In 2009 at the Centennial celebration at CSU, Wayne was again honored as a Legend for his teaching and administrative accomplishments. Earlier he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Agronomy, and the Crop Science Society of America. He was a Past President of the CSSA. Wayne was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins, the Kiwanis Club of Poudre Golden K, the Men’s Science Club at CSU, and Farm House Fraternity.

Surviving Wayne is his wife Joyce of 72 years, two daughters, one son, five granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. Preceding Wayne in death were his parents, a daughter, a grandson, and his sister.

A celebration of his life will be conducted at a later date.

Friends may wish to contribute to the Wayne and Joyce Keim Scholarship, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523, the Keim Family Scholarship, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN 47907 or the Frank Keim Scholarship, Department of Agronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68503.


  • Wayne and Joyce Keim Scholarship, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Keim Family Scholarship, Department of Agronomy
  • Frank Keim Scholarship, Department of Agronomy


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Wayne Franklin Keim

have a memory or condolence to add?

Katherine Haskins

February 17, 2020

What an amazing and meaningful friendship our parents have had over the decades. We should all be so fortunate, eh? 🙂

Heartfelt condolences to Joyce, Julie, and all of the extended family. ❤

Freddy Arck

February 15, 2020

From the moment I met Wayne he was always so welcoming. He would always have a smile and a little story for me. I enjoyed the moments we shared, but as always there are never enough. Being in the room with Wayne and Joyce was always a pleasure and a smile-worthy picture. I wish Wayne much happiness on his spirit journey and much peace to his family and all who loved him.


February 14, 2020

I have such wonderful memories of the Agronomy Department as a child....playing in my father's office, getting teased by Wayne, Jack and Scott...poker nights at our house, and the memorable Christmas parties put on by the department. We had dinner with the Keims' numerous times over the years and have very fond memories of them. Our father, Jim Quick, always spoke so highly of Wayne as a mentor, then a peer, and always a friend. He will be missed by many. Much love to you Joyce, xo
The Quick girls.