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Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery

13313 North Kelley, Oklahoma City, OK

OBITUARY

Dr. Keith Alan Swezey

July 15, 1952July 29, 2019

Keith Alan Swezey, 67 of Edmond, OK went home to be with his Lord and his daughter Erin on Monday July 29, 2019. He was the son of Harold and Ruth Swezey of Enid, OK.

Keith was born in Enid, OK and graduated from Enid High School in 1970. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in broadcasting from Central State University in 1974 and continued his education with Master’s and Doctoral degrees in mass communication at Oklahoma State University.

Keith built the award-winning student broadcast program at the University of Central Oklahoma, which he joined after 15 years of award-winning radio news experience. He began as state capitol correspondent for KOMA radio in 1975, moving to WKY radio in 1976 as public affairs editor. He was WKY news director from 1983 to 1988. At UCO, he directed Academic Broadcasting Services, served as chairman of the Communication Department and managed daily student broadcasts on KCSU-TV. A former state president of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, he advised the UCO chapter of OBEA. An associate member of The Emmys, he won numerous state and national awards for teaching and radio news, including RTNDA's Edward R. Murrow Award for best documentary. In 2011 Keith was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.

Keith is survived by his wife, Dixie; devoted children Christopher Swezey, his wife Ashley and grandchildren Blake and Elizabeth of Edmond, OK; Patrick Swezey, his wife Laura and grandchildren Collin and Owen of Edmond, OK. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Skoch, husband Bob and his sister Karyl Knopps, husband Tim. More family and friends than we can list will miss Keith’s loving spirit, wisdom and guidance.

Keith and Dixie established the Erin’s Hope Foundation in honor of their daughter Erin. The foundation serves to glorify God and honor Erin’s memory through ministry, outreach, education, scholarships, and advocacy.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jim Swezey
  • David Swezey
  • William Ainsworth
  • Jonathan Murrah
  • David Murrah
  • Mark Fryklund
  • John Schaller
  • Steve Maddox

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 2, 2019

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Dr. Keith Alan Swezey

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Judith Stengle-Mitchell

August 2, 2019

Dixie, Nancy, Karyl and families -- my sincere sympathy and heartfelt thoughts to all of you. Words cannot express the sorrow--my prayers will be with you for God to be with you through this time and the days ahead. Even though I haven't seen you in years, your entire family always is with me and means so much to me. Those family Friday evening dinners and playing together when we were kids and the adventures at the adjoining lake lots at Salt Plains are forever in my happy memories! The adventurous hike at Salt Plains to claim Mount JASKAS (sp?), named after all six of our initials, is always a special memory--such fun together (and no snake bites!). Keith and all of you are the kindest souls this world will ever know. I am so sorry for your loss. Keith was an extraordinarily special person in every way, always-- that kind, gentle, always positive smile and good nature are apparent in every picture, as it was in daily life. I see so much of Harold and Ruth's uplifting smiles in him.

Jacqueline Ross

August 2, 2019

Prayers for you, Swezey Family. Your beloved Keith made an important impact on the lives of so many people. He taught more than just the techniques of effective broadcasting, Keith taught his students how to be accountable, detailed oriented and flexible in the face of a hectic business. So many treasured memories. So much love for you on this difficult day.

Jim Palmer

August 1, 2019

I had the privilege of working with Keith Swezey at WKY news from 76-83. Keith was always a man of great character, a friend, and a top journalist on my staff. He not only pursued important news, but examined every element of a story and wrote it so people could understand it on the air. Keith had a rare ability to communicate complex subjects. He was an award winning broadcast journalist and someone who gave everything he had to a task. I always appreciated Keith as he become a highly respected professor in broadcast journalism. His students were lucky to learn from him, and they too become important members of the journalism world. Keith is rightfully remembered by the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Most importantly, his family and friends will never forget the man he was. Keith truly lived his Christian faith and demonstrated his loving character. I will miss him as a friend. God's speed Keith. May Dixie and your family feel the love of their friends at this time. With loving memories, Jim Palmer and Billie Rodely.

Jane Woods

July 31, 2019

Dixie and family,

My prayers are sincerely with each of you, as I know Keith will leave a huge void in your hearts and lives. However, as Christians, I know you are rejoicing he is now with the Lord and with Erin. I didn’t know either of you well, but I know the great love you have for the Lord and thus, you are my sister in Christ. I have prayed for you throughout the years and have been praying for you now. I know you are surrounded by many caring and loving people at QS, but that doesn’t negate the void left by Keith. My sincere sympathy goes out to you. In Him, Jane Woods

Janet Broyled

July 31, 2019

Our God of All Comfort will continue to help you and your family in your grief.
Loving, caring, praying,
Janet

Cindy O'Banion -Waltman

July 31, 2019

So sorry for your loss, may God comfort you all. Keith was a great man and will be deeply missed!Sr.'70.

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