Thomas A. Keith

December 21, 1946October 30, 2011

Thomas Alan Keith "Tom" Age 64

Tom was a well-known and beloved Minnesota Public Radio and Prairie Home Companion performer for 40 years. He passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 30. Tom grew up in West St. Paul. He joined the Marine Corps in 1965, completed four years of service, then received a degree in Speech and Broadcasting from the University of Minnesota in 1972. His first job was as a broadcast engineer on Garrison Keillor's new Morning Show. He began doing sound effects for the Morning Show but became a sound effects maestro during his years on the Prairie Home Companion. For 30 years Tom and Dale Connelly created a delightful alternative universe on their MPR Morning Show. He is survived by his loving wife Ri Wei Liu-Keith, his twin sister Terry Keith Green of Woodbury, his brothers Jeffrey (Cari), Wilton, WI, David (Noel), Syracuse, NY and James Green; nieces, Shelly (Dan) Peschel, Rosalind Keith, Katie (Ryan) Kavanaugh; nephews, Fred (Susan), Will Green, Peter (Holly), Joe Green, Douglas (Emily), Peter (Rachel), Gregory (Kelly). He was predeceased by his parents Elizabeth Doig Keith (1998) and James Keith (2000). There will be a private family service and interment at Acacia Cemetery Friday morning. Family and friends are invited to a Private Memorial Service Friday 1pm at the Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road, Woodbury, with visitation one hour prior. On Saturday, November 12 at 5:00 PM friends and colleagues of Tom Keith will be putting on a Tribute Show at the Fitzgerald Theater. More information will be forthcoming. Memorials may be sent to charities of your preference in memory of Thomas Keith. 651-738-9615



  • Private Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, November 4, 2011
  • Private Memorial Service Friday, November 4, 2011


  • Private Family Graveside Service

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Jack B McElhaney

June 21, 2016

What a wonderful thing to do Karen Knepp, as Garrison's magnificent PHC winds down, to remember another one of the primary reasons that show has been such a success and such a part of our lives....namely, Tom Keith. He was an integral part of the program and I enjoyed attending many, many live performances while he was on PHC and remember as well the countless mornings driving into St. Paul and listening to the inimitable Jim Ed Poole. Bless the memory of this gifted and good man and his family.

Karen Knepp

June 20, 2016

"when someone we love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure..."

Although time softens the edges of grief, the loss remains. We cont. praying God will surround Tom's family & friends w/ His encouragement & strength. Karen & Family (TX)

Curt Campbell

December 9, 2012

r.i.p. Tom
You brought so many smiles to my face over the past 20 years.
I can hear your fireworks as they take you home. Your Elk's bugle salute to you is beautiful.

Tom Weaver

December 20, 2011

Thinking of Tom Keith passing over and his many gifts as Jim Ed, also of David Keith, Tom's brother whom I met when he worked in a family systems counseling practice reflecting the work of The Family Crucible, a book written by a family systems teacher from Madison Wisconsin. Wondered what ever become of David who I think moved to New York State.

Cid Rode

December 19, 2011

Oh my I just found sad......

My strongest memories are of Jim Ed Poole. The wry self effacing wit, the great songs, the sports. His legacy of humor will linger a long time here. My condolences to his family, I am so sorry. The radio waves are a little less rich, a little less funny.......

Julie Szamocki

November 9, 2011

To Tom's Dear Ones,
I just want to join the chorus and express my sorrow and condolences to all who knew Tom and loved him dearly, especially Tom's wife and family, his coworkers, chums, and neighbors. Hearing everyone speak so lovingly of Tom over this past week gives me more insight into his character and a deeper sense of the loss experienced by Tom's death. He has been an inspiration and a pure joy to so many of us. May we somehow learn a bit from his golden example, carry on his joyful light, and enjoy how he changed us for good.

Jennifer Levenson

November 6, 2011

As a former MPR employee in the 80's as well as an usher at APHC, I have many fond memories of working with Tom. He was a kind, generous man with a great sense of humor. I would watch in awe while he worked his magic on stage. My heart goes out to his family.

June Booth

November 6, 2011

A very sad day for all of us. Tom Keith has kept us entertained for more years than I can count on PHC. A true talent. One always wishes that they could have told him in person how much joy he brought all of the Saturday nigh listeners to PHC, It is a true gift when you can lift the spirits of so many on one night a week. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends, Bless you, Tom.

Pamela Olsen

November 6, 2011

Sad day at Prairie Home Companion today. Tom will be greatly missed every Saturday night.. thoughts and prayers are with his family and the cast of the show.

Bob Lennek

November 6, 2011

About 20 years or so ago, I spent a week with Tom during our little group's annual golf excursion to Myrtle Beach, SC.
We had some really funny guys in our bunch, but boy did we ever LAUGH when Tom got started! What a week.
He was one of those rare people that after knowing him for only five minutes, you felt that you had been friends your entire life. He just had that quality about him. What a wonderful and genuine man.
I just read of his passing in the New York Times and, yes, shocking and sad, but I cannot help but smile at (and be thankful for) the memories of a dear, dear man.
Condolences to all.