Richard “Keith” Jefferson, age 87 of Alsey, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born southeast of Alsey on Jan. 11, 1936, the son of James and Vida Day Jefferson. He married Betty Havens on May 30, 1959 in Winchester and she survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Kenneth Bruce (Susie) Jefferson of Riverton and Robert Keith (Jennifer) Jefferson of Chatham; three grandsons, Brandon (Jessica) Jefferson of Chatham, Nicholas (Angel) Jefferson of Springfield and Caleb (Karla) Jefferson of Alsey; a step granddaughter, Abbey Jarvis of St. Louis, MO; four great grandchildren, Avery, Addison, Stella and Maddux Jefferson; plus another great granddaughter due this month. Two sisters, Mary Jane (Ronnie) Killebrew of Patterson and Norman Jean Ossmann of Trenton; four brothers, Rogers Jefferson, and Glenn (Linda) both of rural Roodhouse, Pat of Sioux City, IA, Donald (Janice) Jefferson of Manchester and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Bill, Harold (surviving wife Esther), Roy (surviving wife Norine) Jefferson; and a sister, Betty Cole.
Mr. Jefferson graduated from Winchester High School in 1954. He served his country with the United States Army from 1958-1960 stationed in Germany. Keith worked at Marshall Chevrolet for 22 years and later farmed and operated an auto body shop at his home east of Alsey retiring in 1998.
Keith enjoyed traveling and toured all fifty states and several countries. He enjoyed hunting and playing euchre cards. Keith was a busy person who was uncomfortable with idle time. He enjoyed working on his family farm and he was devoted to his family. Mr. Jefferson was an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church one mile south of Alsey serving in different positions as long as his heath permitted.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 at Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester with burial to follow in Bowers Cemetery near Alsey. Family will meet friends 9 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association (Springfield Chapter). Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com