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George C. Keith, 84

George Clare Keith, age 84, of Mankato, died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Mankato, with Fr. John Wilmot officiating.

Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Landkamer-Johnson-Boman Funeral Home, with a 4:30 p.m. prayer service, and will continue Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are by the Landkamer-Johnson-Boman Funeral Home in Mankato. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Legion or the Disabled American Veterans.

George was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Amboy, to Harold and Anna (Larson) Keith.

He graduated from Winnebago High School in 1944, and entered the US Navy in May of that year, where he served during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in October of 1947.

George married Jane Wandersee Aug. 25, 1948, at St. Mary’s Church in Winnebago.

He later graduated from Mankato State Teacher’s College, where he earned his teaching degree. George taught history and social studies for four years in Elmore.

In 1955, he and Jane moved to Cokato, where he served as the track coach, athletic director, and taught for 29 years, until his retirement in 1984.

George was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and the American Legion.

He and Jane enjoyed spending the winters in Yuma, AZ, and the summers at the Cokato Lake Campground, where he enjoyed fishing, boating, and riding his golf cart. George also enjoyed polka and old time music, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends.

George is survived by his wife, Jane; four children, Steve (Diane) Keith of Waconia, Linda (Ron) Flynn of Mankato, Calvin (Linda) Keith of California, and Lisa (Ted) Williams of Isanti; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Wayne Keith of Texas; two sisters, Ardis Gillette of Bemidji, and Beverly Chapla of St. Louis Park; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy Williams; three brothers, Woodrow, Michael, and Wendell Keith; and two sisters, Shirley Campbell and Audrey Wilson.