OBITUARY

Raymond L. Keith

November 10, 1931September 11, 2018
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Raymond L. Keith, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in Houston, Texas.

Ray was born November 10, 1931, in Waco, Texas, to Paul and Lois Aubry (Sessums) Keith. Growing up, he was a stylish young man, always dressed impeccably-rings, watches, bracelets-always neat and clean. Ray kept these traits throughout his life. He was an accomplished clarinet and saxophone player, hence his love for Kenny G. One of his favorite past times was reading fiction, mostly spy novels. Ray served his country proudly in the United States Navy from January 25, 1951-January 12, 1955. He earned his Masters degree from Baylor University and had a brilliant mind for Physics and Mathematics.

Early on, it was apparent that Ray's focus was providing for his family. He enjoyed good food and a great glass of wine. He loved to socialize with family and friends and was a member of the "Over the Hill Gang" - a group of downhill mountain, long skiers, trained to ski downhill with machine guns attached, learning the art of marksmanship. Ray was always thankful for gifts received over the years and always wanted others to know how much he cherished these items. His home was always open to friends and family. Deep down, Ray was always a Texan. Though much to his dismay of some of his friends in Colorado, they would say "damn Texans are buying up the entire state!"

Ray is survived by his sons: Brian Keith (Patty), Brad Keith (Andrea) and Phil Keith (Kelly); grandsons: Ryan, Spencer, Bryce and Sam; and ex-wife's, Carol and Betty.

Ray will be missed. In spite of any flaws he may have had, he was loved by many.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 19, 2018, between the hours of 3:00-5:00PM. A Memorial Service will follow in the Chapel of Katy Funeral Home at 5:00PM. Chaplain Daniel Schramm will officiate.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 19, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Kelly Jackson

September 15, 2018

A one of a kind man that I was honored to call "Dad" Fly high RLK. I LOVE YOU FOREVER đź’™

Kelly Jackson

September 15, 2018

FROM THE FAMILY

"Buddy" on leave from the Navy.
Served January 25, 1951-January 12, 1955.

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Young "Buddy"

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Baby Ray - 1931

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Baby Ray with Grandmommy Logan

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Baby Ray - 1931

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Young Ray

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Raymond L. Keith
Waco, Texas
June 7, 1944

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Young Ray playing the clarinet

Biography

Raymond L. "Ray" Keith

Dad was born Tuesday, November 10, 1931, in Waco, Texas, to Paul and Lois Aubry (Sessums) Keith. He lived not far from Baylor University. His dad, Paul, was a Lineman for the electric company. He was a smart man, who invested well in Real Estate and the stock market and at one point, owned an entire block in Waco, where he sold several lots to friends who built homes close to where Gramps lived.

Gramps was a man that was calm in any situation. I remember driving Gramps back from Hillsboro where Uncle Raymond and Aunt Hazel lived. (Hazel was Gramps’ wife’s sister) The car broke down in a very bad part of town. After looking at the engine, Gramps knew all of the belts had come off when the water pump went out, He asked me, at age 15 or 16, if I could put the belts back on and I told him yes, if he had some tools. He said he did and I quickly got the belts back on and he drove carefully back home. Gramps remained calm even knowing that we were broken down in a bad part of town.

Grandmommy, Aunt Hazel’s sister, was your typical grandmother…..always happy and saying, “Give me some sugar!” She also worked for the telephone company as a Switchboard Operator, where both she and Gramps retired and were Sons and Daughters of the Pioneers.

As Dad grew up, he was a stylish young man. He was always dressed impeccably – rings, watches and bracelets adorned his attire. He was always neat and clean and this trait followed him throughout his life. Ray was an accomplished clarinet and saxophone player. Hence, I believe his love of Kenny G.

Dad served his country proudly in the United States Navy from January 25, 1951 to January 10, 1955. Ray enjoyed good food and although not a drinker, loved socializing over a good glass of wine. Dad was always thankful for gifts he received throughout his life and always let people know how much he cherished their gifts. His home was always open to friends and family.

There are many stories we can tell about Dad. In my childhood, I remember Dad being very serious and focused in his goal of building a family and providing for them. It wasn’t always easy, but he always did his best. It was later in life that I noticed a change in Dad. He always lived smart, but became bold and adventurous. This is evident in his move to Colorado, where he became a “Colorado Mountain Man”. He was always a Texan, though much to the dismay of some of his friends in Colorado……they would say, “Damn Texans are buying up the whole state!”

Dad made friends easily and was always generous, so acquaintances usually turned into long time friendships. He was a part of the “Over the Hill Gang”, a group of guys that were trained to strap on long ski’s and ski down the mountain, shooting machine guns and perfecting their marksmanship. He rubbed elbows and socialized with some of the wealthy and elite of Colorado, but they put their pants on just as he did….one leg at a time. He always treated them the same as everyone else and gained their respect. His convictions were strong and opinionated….Dad always told the truth and never sugar coated his opinions.

I believe that in spite of any flaws Dad may have had, he was loved by all that knew him – certainly by me. As I may regret not getting to do more bold things with him, I will strive to live smart and be bold and to love deeply myself. I love you Dad. - Brad