Keith Kirkwood Goldsmith

June 3, 1931January 8, 2021

Keith Kirkwood Goldsmith, 89, passed away at his home on January 8, 2021.

Keith was born June 3, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Fred and Helen (Kirkwood) Goldsmith. Keith graduated from Albia High School in 1949. Following high school, he attended the University of Northern Iowa. Keith took time away from college to join the United States Navy where he served from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War. While in the Navy, Keith served aboard the U.S.S. Hobson.

Keith married the love of his life, Peggy Humeston on February 9, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland. Following his discharge from the Navy, they returned to Iowa where Keith graduated from the University of Iowa in 1957 with a degree in History. After graduation, Keith and Peggy moved to Des Moines where Keith joined the Bankers Life Insurance Company which later became The Principal Financial Group where he worked until his retirement in 1993.

Keith was a member of St. Augustin Catholic Church in Des Moines. He was an avid golfer, loved to travel, read and spend time with his family. He spent many years coaching baseball at Raccoon Valley and was a past president of the Dowling Club which supports extracurricular activities at Dowling Catholic High School.

He is survived by his five children, Peter Andrew Goldsmith (Carol), Paul Matthew Goldsmith (Leslie), Philip James Goldsmith (Julie), Thomas John Goldsmith (Kelly) and Mary Regina (Gina) Graham (Chris); grandchildren, Karen Goldsmith Johnson (Luke) and Mark Goldsmith, Bryan Goldsmith (Kate) and Rebecca Goldsmith (Rajee Harris), Nick Goldsmith and Amanda Goldsmith, Emma Goldsmith and Ally Goldsmith, Evan Carver and Abby Carver; great grandchildren Rose and Lincoln Johnson, Blake and Drew Goldsmith. Keith was preceded in death by Peggy, his wife of 62 years, his parents, his brother Kay and father-in-law and mother-in-law Dwight and Mary Humeston.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Augustin Catholic School, Dowling Catholic High School or Des Moines Area Religious Council.


  • St. Augustin Catholic School
  • Dowling Catholic High School
  • Des Moines Area Religious Council


  • Private Family Funeral Mass

    Friday, January 15, 2021



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Maureen Pillepich

January 15, 2021

My husband, Larry, and I graduated from high school with Keith and Peggy. Keith and Larry were very tight friends in high school, both being new in tenth grade. They played all the sports together and Albia had winning teams during that time. There are so many memories but one stands out - I worked at an ice cream store after school and many nights Larry and Keith walked me home. There was rock on our front yard and Keith would sit on that rock under the street light while Larry went to the door with me. Then, they ran the two miles to their homes on the other side of town. I can still see him there. He was a wonderful friend and he will always be in my heart.

Tom Press

January 14, 2021

I worked with Keith at Bankers Life in the early days and then reconnected with him when my parents lived at the Lodge as well. Keith was always a joy to be around and was a wonderful man. He had a wonderful life but we all want more. We mourn your loss with you.

Margaret Keller

January 13, 2021

My husband Bob and I have been long-time friends of Peggy and Keith. Both men were employed at Bankers Life, later Principal, and Peggy and I were together in our 50+ years ladies' bridge club, where we heard frequent adventures of the Goldsmith children!
In later years, we were lunch companions of Keith with other Principal friends. My Bob died in Oct. 2019, but he would join me in sending condolences to the family. May God bless you all - your parents loved you dearly.
Margaret Keller

Delly and Dick Morris

January 13, 2021

We are so sorry to read about Keith's passing. Know he will be missed by all his family but he is happy now with Peggy again. We have so many wonderful memories of time spent with Keith and Peggy. Lost touch over late years but thought and talked of them often . Your Dad was a great friend to both of us.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as his family was his blessings.
Rest in Peace Keith.

Jim Willer

January 13, 2021

I had the good fortune to work for Keith at Bankers Life fir a couple years and was a fellow parishioner at St Augustin. He was a fine man and I benefited from knowing him. My thoughts and prayers extend to his entire family. God bless.

Tom Flesch

January 12, 2021

Dear Tom and Kelly,

We were saddened to hear the news of Keith's passing. On the occasions that we met Keith, we found him to be delightful and know that he will be missed.

You and your family are all in our prayers.

Tom and Sheilah
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Bill Bates

January 12, 2021

Keith, his brother-in-law Don Corrigan, and I were playing golf. Whenever Don hit a bad shot, Keith urged Don to forget that ball and just take a Corrigan [not a mulligan] and hit another ball. Keith had a wonderful sense of humor. When we visited family in Des Moines, we usually had a fun lunch at a nearby restaurant with Keith and Peggy. May they both rest in peace.

Fr. James Gould

January 12, 2021

Peter and I were classmates at St. Augustin and Dowling. I wish to offer my condolences to all the Goldsmith family and will offer Mass for your good father. Many a time when I was home visiting my mother your father would stop me after Mass and tell me about all the children. He was a wonderful man and very proud of all of his family.
Fr. James Gould
St. Francis De Sales Church
Purcellville, VA