OBITUARY

Allen Keith Bertola

Born January 31, 1924
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Allen Keith Bertola, age 89, passed away near his Salt Lake Home on Sunday evening the 25th of August. He had spent the week in the companionship of his four children and he passed in the company of those that loved him. Keith was born on the kitchen table of his home in Sunnyside, Utah, located near Price, Utah, on the 31st of January 1924, to his proud parents Max Bertola and Hanna Arnelda Watt. Keith graduated from Carbon County High and later completed most of his Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics from the University of Utah. He honorably served our country in World War II in the military police and worked to set up the facilities for prisoners being tried on war crimes at the conclusion of the war. Upon returning home from the service, he worked his life providing for his family at Keith’s Appliance and Hardware. He was the Keith. He was married to Norma Jean Jones for 64 years and during this time enjoyed raising their 4 children, (Harold, Karren, Max, and Mike) and their 21 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Belva and survived by all his family including Jean, his wife. Although Salt Lake is where their home was, they spent most of their time enjoying their cabin on the Upper Weber in Aspen Acres. Jean, his wife, always said he could never take a bad picture because he always had a great smile. Everyone knew him by this smile that expressed his personality – always glad to see you. We all got to know Keith better after his surgery in 2000, when he lost his ability to balance and walk on his own. From that point on, his caring and faithful wife Jean and his family stepped in to make life comfortable for him. Jean, his wife, said it was in repayment for all the years he had provided for all of us. “We never went without and he always gave more than was expected” is how Jean remembers her life with him. He has left a whole in all of our lives that will not be filled but only remembered. We are thankful for the example he set of how to live life to its fullest. Keith, may your small Buddha statue continue to watch over your peaceful sleep. Keith’s graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, the 29th of August at Wasatch Lawn, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends and family are gathering there at 1:30 to remember the great times we had with him.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 29, 2013
  • Graveside Service Thursday, August 29, 2013
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Jim Smuin

August 29, 2013

His light will always shine on his family and those he called friends.

Beau James Nokes

August 29, 2013

I heard from my brother Anthony that Keith had passed. I was on a lunch break in a trial away from home and just thinking about Keith brought a big smile to my face. He was indeed a kind and true friend, and as Anthony said, he and Jean were there steadfastly in the darkest of times, when many others were not. I remember going into Keith's Hardware when I was a kid. I was always welcomed with a smile (and that unforgettable laugh) even though I was probably in the way. This man set an example that I will continue to try to follow. I am lucky indeed to have known him.

Joanne Mauss Buck

August 29, 2013

So Sorry for the loss of you Father, My arms are around you at this difficult time!

LeeAnn McHenry

August 28, 2013

What an amazing example of devotion and caring given to Keith from Jean and the family. A lifetime legacy of love. I'm sure Jay, Ginny and Keith are dancing a jig at this moment. We will be unable to attend the service, but know our thoughts, prayers and love are with you.

Joel and LeeAnn McHenry

Anthony Nokes

August 28, 2013

Keith was the very best of people! I recall when my father was going through some very tough times Keith and Jean were there, rock solid, for him and the rest of my family. A kindness which could never be repaid. Thank you Keith, for everything. He also had the best laugh one could ever hear.

August 28, 2013

Max, so sorry for your loss :( Our hearts are sending hugs and love. Alden and Terry (Adams) Carpenter

Carolyn Lee

August 28, 2013

I was sad to hear of the passing of your loved one Husband,Father,and grandfather Joe would call daily and give me a up date on grampa I never meet him but felt I know him Joe is the one who told me of his passing May God Bless You All Carolyn Joe's friend

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