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Keith Rodeman - November 20, 2011


Keith Eugene Rodeman of Amherst was born July 15, 1937 at home near Amherst. Keith was the second of two children born to Leonard and Lenore (Folker) Rodeman. He died peacefully at Kindred Hospital Hospice in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the age of 74 on Nov. 20, 2011 after a six-week battle at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale with congestive heart failure and lung disease.

He was baptized Aug. 8, 1937 and confirmed March 18, 1951 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst, where he was a lifelong member.

He attended both public and parochial schools in Amherst through the eighth grade and attended high school in Holyoke.

Keith married Shirley Brinkema on Aug. 3, 1958. The couple had four children: Lena, Holly, Roderic and Boyd.

When his country called, Keith served in the U.S. Army from 1960 until he was honorably discharged in 1966.

A farmer all his life, Keith enjoyed simple pleasures: the sunset, airplanes powering down as they started their descent into DIA, collecting toy tractors and telling a good story.

An active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst, Keith served in many leadership roles and volunteered his time to mow the church grounds and help with projects as needed.

In addition to his church undertakings, Keith was an avid outdoorsman. A member of Pheasants Forever, he believed in the preservation of wildlife habitat. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, fishing and hunting. He especially loved sharing these activities with family and friends.

Keith was a volunteer fireman and served on the Rural Fire Board for over 10 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Holly; father, Leonard; mother, Lenore; sister, Joyce; brother-in-law, Burdet Krueger; father-in-law, Harry Brinkema; and mother-in-law Leona (Krueger) Brinkema.

Keith is survived by his daughter, Lena McCoy and husband Tim of Cave Creek, Ariz.; son, Roderic Rodeman and wife Becky and their children Samantha and Nicholas of Rochester, N.H.; and son, Boyd Rodeman and wife Christina and their children Simon and Lydia of Newton, Kan.; as well as by his many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 with Rev. Kurt Hatteburg officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Amherst Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Lutheran Laymen’s League Northeastern Colorado Zone Scholarship Fund. Memorials may be sent to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 7, Amherst, CO 80721.

Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke is in charge of the arrangements.