John F. Keith

July 21, 1924January 8, 2019

John F. Keith, 94, of Peoria passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:35 a.m. at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Chillicothe, IL. He was born July 21, 1924 in Mason City, IL to Joseph and Bertha (Canada) Keith. He married Edith Inez Allen on July 2,1949 in Pontiac, IL. She passed away May 31, 1996 in Peoria. Survivors include his daughter Kay (Kevin) Marthaler of Murfreesboro, TN; grandchildren, Kim (Mark) Wood of Rockvale, TN, Ty (Jennifer) Piercy of Peoria, IL, Jeannine (Rick) Strickler of LaGrange GA, Dawn (Chris) Holly of Pekin, IL, Melissa (Matt) Alger of Elmwood, IL and Matthew (Kristin) Saeger of Bartonville, IL; 15 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Great-Great Grandchildren and son-in-law Paul Saeger of Springfield, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Inez, daughter Judy Saeger, daughter Joyce Piercy, son-in- law Bob Piercy and 3 brothers, Martin, Bill and Raymond Keith. John was a farmer, a WW II Navy Veteran, Caterpillar employee for 36 years, and his favorite titles were the following: “Grandpa Patches”, baby-sitter to Kim/Ty {all one word}, avid Cardinals fan (was a catcher himself) and an immense storyteller always taking us to faraway places to New Caledonia and back to the farm in Mason City. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. Visitation will be held an hour prior to services. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to


  • Joseph Keith, Father
  • Bertha (Canada) Keith, Mother
  • Edith Inez Allen, Wife
  • Kay (Kevin) Marthaler, Daughter
  • Kim (Mark) Wood, Grandchild
  • Ty (Jennifer) Piercy, Grandchild
  • Jeannine (Rick) Strickler, Grandchild
  • Dawn (Chris) Holly, Grandchild
  • Melissa (Matt) Alger, Grandchild
  • Matthew (Kristin) Saeger, Grandchild
  • ~ 15, Great-Grandchildren
  • ~ 2, Great-Great Grandchildren
  • Paul Saeger, Son-In-Law
  • John was also preceded in death by his daughter Judy Saeger, daughter Joyce Piercy, son-in- law Bob Piercy and 3 brothers, Martin, Bill and Raymond Keith.

  • Kim Wood
  • Ty Piercy
  • Jeannine Strickler
  • Dawn Holly
  • Melissa Alger
  • Matthew Saeger

  • the American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Wendy Matthews

January 10, 2019

I have so many great memories of "Grandpa" Keith. Whether it was spending time at his house, dinner at Old Country Buffet or holiday and other family get togethers, he always had a smile and a hug for me and a story or two to share. I will miss you. Prayers and hugs to my other family - The Saeger's, Strickler's, Wood's, Holly's, Algar's, Piercey's. I love y'all bunches!

Dick and Sue Mottor

January 10, 2019

John was a neighbor when we lived on Mission Road in Peoria. He would be sitting in a lawn chair out in his driveway any any time he saw me walking towards him he would always get up and have an extra lawn chair ready for me to sit down. He enjoyed sitting there talking and always said "you don't need to be in a hurry" as I would get up to leave. After Edith passed away, he was alone, and always enjoyed spending time with a neighbor who had time to sit down and pass the time with him. He spoke about his family and how proud he was of them. It was evident he loved them all and was proud of them. He also enjoyed taking care of his yard and making sure his house always looked nice. In the winter, he would shovel the sidewalk from his driveway to our driveway. I know he will be missed by his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of them and may his pleasant memories bring comfort in the days ahead. Dick and Sue - Avon, Indiana