Tubman Funeral Home


Keith William Biesenthal

July 29, 1943September 23, 2020

I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

The family of Keith Biesenthal age 77, of Windthorst, Saskatchewan are saddened to announce his sudden passing on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Keith was born July 29, 1943 to Leonard & Elda Biesenthal in Broadview, Saskatchewan. After graduating high school, Keith attended Teachers College in Regina, Saskatchewan. He received his teachers degree and then went to Neudorf, Saskatchewan. Sometime later he received a teaching position in Grenfell, Saskatchewan and remained there until he retired from teaching. Keith’s highlight in Grenfell was instructing badminton and he was quite excited to see his students go on to compete at higher levels. He did a lot of travelling with the team and so enjoyed every moment. Keith always found time to help out at the farm especially during harvest. Keith made a lot of friends young and old because of his kind, loving and easy going personality. He managed to stay in touch with relatives and friends whenever possible, as he so appreciated and valued them all.

After Keith retired he worked for the Town of Grenfell performing maintenance of various outdoor spaces in the summer and in the winter he was the iceman in the curling rink. Every job that Keith had, he did it with his whole heart because that was who he was. When Keith’s Mom (Elda) became physically disabled Keith made the decision to move to Windthorst and be a constant care giver for Mom. Keith and Mom played bridge, cribbage, whist and many other games. They both enjoyed that so much! After Moms health failed and it became unsafe for her to be in her home she became a permanent resident of the Kipling Care Centre. Keith never missed a day visiting Mom and once again they played cards with whomever they could find. Keith was well known as a caring son by all the residents of the home. Keith had beautiful faith and God was the centre of his life. He attended Grenfell Peace Lutheran church and when he moved to Windthorst he attended the little country church Zion Lutheran Church till it closed.

Keith is survived by his sister Shirley (Daryl) Schlamp, Swift Current; their daughter Angela (Duane) Doane and boys Quinn and Cade; son Daryn and girls Avery and Ella, Medicine Hat; their daughter Rebecca, Saskatoon.

Keith was predeceased by his parents Leonard & Elda; and by his brother Terry.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will not be a church service. A private graveside interment will be held in the Windthorst Cemetery, Windthorst, SK on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Gerald Andersen of Peace Lutheran Church providing the message.

Friends and family wishing to make donations in memory of Keith can contribute to Lutheran Hour Ministries, 270 Lawrence Ave, Kitchener, ON N2M 1Y5 or to a charity of your choice.


  • Private Graveside service

    Saturday, October 10, 2020


Keith William Biesenthal

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barbara lough

October 14, 2020

Sincere condolences on the passing of a lovely, gentle man. We will miss his Christmas or New Year's phone calls. When we lived in Ottawa, Keith and his badminton team came to town. He and a couple of parents of team members stayed at our downtown apartment, and we had such fun with them all. Good memories!

Karen Cole

October 10, 2020

I always enjoyed visiting with Keith when our paths crossed. Keith and I always had to have our polka time together when we were at dances. What fun! My condolences to Keith's family. May he rest in peace!

Dale & Connie Biesenthal

October 9, 2020

We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Shirley & Family,
Keith was a good and loving person - always available to help - and always had a smile!
He will be missed.

Dale & Connie Biesenthal

Debbie Cook (Rorbeck)

October 9, 2020

I wish to express my sympathy to Keith's family. I had the pleasure of teaching with Keith for 7 years at Grenfell Elementary and also lived in his complex for my final 4 years in town. He was an amazing educator. I have worked with few that were as dedicated and caring as Keith. He was also a wonderful friend and landlord. He was quick to smile and so very positive. I can still hear his very infectious laugh. He has touched so many lives and this world is a better place because of him!

Dennis & Carol Miller

October 9, 2020

Dennis & I have many memories of Keith when we were growing up at Zion Church and Coronation and Windthorst Schools! We reminisced many times!! All the sports we played and the 4H clubs and the work we did on the farm like gardening,etc.
Keith was an active member of our Horticulture Society here in Windthorst. We had great fun trading plants & seeds, visiting greenhouses & putting on sales and shows!
We will miss him greatly!!!

Georgina (Lowenberg) Flavel

October 8, 2020

Sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

Tammy Marton(mckee)

October 6, 2020

He was my badminton coach...have fonds memories of him teaching all of us how to play. Smash some birdies in heaven!

Donna Olver

October 6, 2020

I am so happy to have gotten to know Keith in the last few years, both at the Kipling friendship centre on card days and at church. Enjoyed his humour and enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the lunches and fun. He will be missed.

Marj and Gord Bates

October 6, 2020

sincere sympathy to Shirley and family. Keith was a good friend to Edna and his card playing was a highlight for her. we will remember his kindness. Gord and Marj

Jim & Louise Mckee

October 6, 2020

Our children all had Keith for a Teacher and an Excellent Badminton coach. a life well lived


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