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Richard F. Keyes Jr.

July 15, 2017

Richard F. Keyes Jr., passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.

He was born January 23, 1948 at Wauseon, OH., the son of Richard F. Keyes Sr. and Phyllis M. Hanson Keyes.  He grew up in Oaktown, Indiana.  Richard served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Richard and his family moved to the St. Marys community in 1979.  He was a circuit engineer for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Topeka.  Richard was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Maple Hill, the Knights of Columbus and was a forth degree member of the Thomas A. McNeive Assembly.  He had been a member of the St. Marys Fire Department for many years and had served as a reserve officer for the St. Marys Police Department.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Richard F. Keyes Sr.

On August 19, 1972 he was united in marriage to Judy Fryzelka at Traverse City, MI.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his mother, Phyllis Keyes; his children, Richard Keyes III, Michael Keyes, Thomas Keyes, Robert Keyes, Monica Kazda and Anna Bayer; three brothers, Steve, Kurt and Rob Keyes; 13 grandchildren.

Requiem Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Maple Hill. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.  Mr. Keyes will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M.  Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Keyes name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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12 thoughts on “Richard F. Keyes Jr.

  1. Richard was the engineer on many of the orders I worked at SWB. He was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions that would assist in getting the orders completed. My prayers are with your family and may your memories give you comfort at this time.

  2. I just heard about Richard’s death. I worked with him at Southwestern Bell for quite a few years & enjoyed our time together! My condolences to the entire family!

  3. Of necessity we must be sorrowful when those whom we love leave us in death. Although we know that they have not left us behind forever but only gone ahead of us, still when death seizes our loved ones, our loving hearts are saddened by death itself. Thus the apostle Paul does not tell us not to grieve but ‘Not to grieve like those who are without hope.’ Let us grieve, therefore, over the necessity of losing our loved ones in death but with the hope of being reunited with them. If we are afflicted, we still find consolation. Our weakness weighs us down but faith bears us up. We sorrow over the human condition but
    find our healing in the divine promise.
    – St Augustine

    Dear Judy and family,
    Very sorry to hear about Richard’s death. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. God bless you and give you strength and comfort.
    Kirk Kramer

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

  5. I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that God will give you His strength during this difficult time.

  6. May his soul rest in peace, so sorry for your lost.
    Love and prayers from Dennis and Gabrielle Murphy

  7. Richard was a valuable member of St. Marys Fire Department. He was willing to help in any way he could to serve our community. His support will not be forgotten and he will remain in our hearts. We thank his family for sharing him with us and they will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Judy,

    May God rest his soul and comfort all of you. Weare grateful for your many kindnesses to us during these many years and are so sorry for your loss.

    Kevin and Mary Fifer

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