Keith's Story

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Nov. 9, 1934—Jan. 7, 2016 Keith DeForest was surrounded by his family when he passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at the age of 81. Born on Nov. 9, 1934, in Muskegon, MI, to Linford and Maude (Johnson) DeForest, he was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Floyd. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Harrigan. They shared over 59 treasured years together. He was a devoted and loving dad to three daughters and their husbands, Sherri and Doug Duval, Amy and Jim Ryan, and Sally and Alan Hicks. Keith was a kind and thoughtful grandpa to Rachel Messing (Corey), Michael Ryan and Gideon (Madelyn), Isaiah, Eli and Faith Hicks. Upon retiring as an auto industry sales representative in 1994, Keith and Mary Ann moved to Fairfield Glade, TN. There, he enjoyed 20 plus years of friends, golf, community and church activities. In 2015, they returned to Michigan. Keith was a warm, funny and loving man. While we are sad his time here with us has ended, we are joyful knowing that, because of his faith in Christ Jesus as Savior, his new, eternal life in Heaven has begun. Henry Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo, MI, was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  January 11, 2016
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