Tim Keith

 

Timothy J. Keith

May 8, 1949 - May 20, 2017 

 Obituary:

Timothy John Keith born May 8, 1949 went to be with the his Lord on May 20, 2017 due to complications from open-heart surgery.

Born in Altoona, PA, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School and The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.  Tim was a lifelong educator teaching and coaching at Norwayne, Triway, and Buckeye Local Schools as well as the Rittman Academy. TK will be fondly remembered for the passion he brought to life: faith, family, teaching, coaching. Tim lived his Christian faith daily in practical ways setting an example for those around him.  He was an avid sports fan: broadcasting Norwayne football games, watching his children participate in sports, playing golf, and following sports at all levels. He also enjoyed listening to, singing, and playing music. He had an easy-going personality, quick wit, and great sense of humor. 

Tim is survived by his wife of 27 years Jody, his son CJ and daughter Kasey. He is also survived by his step-sister Patricia (Tod) Carmony, step-sister Janice (Mark) Anderson, sister-in-law Kelly (Ron) Walsh, brother-in-law Jeff (Mary) Gindlesberger, and many nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his parents Reverend John and June Keith, step-mother Miriam Keith, and sister Suzanne Keith.

There will be  a memorial service held at the Wooster Church of the Nazarene,  3100 Oak Hill Road, on Thursday, May 25 at 5 pm. Family will receive guests after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norwayne Booster Club, 350 S. Main St. Creston, Oh 44217 or Wooster Church of the Nazarene.

We thank God for the positive influence and joy Tim brought to all those who knew and loved him.   

To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left. 

Name: Cindy MIller

So sorry for your loss Jody, C.J., and Kasey.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.  Stay strong and take care. He was such a great man and fun to be around.  Remembering all the great times and memories in JO volleyball.   Cindy Miller 

 

Name: stacey rehm

Prayers to the Keith family. The Rehms will always remember how very kind and loving Tim was. He was a great man and a joy to be around. Lexi will always remember him at all the volley ball games he was there to support.You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 

Name: The MacPherson Family

 


Mrs. Keith,

WE are very sorry for your loss.
You and your family will and have been in our prayers.
My daughter has enjoyed being in your class and we just wanted to take this time to let you know that we are thinking of you.

 

 

Name: Sherry & Scott Allen
I can't describe the shock we are in and the enormous sadness we feel.  He was such a wonderful man, husband, father and friend and if anyone shined the light of Jesus it was Tim!  We are so blessed to have known him and so happy that we have all the fond memories of when your family was in our small group!  We will so miss you, Tim and cannot wait to see you again in glory! 
Love,
Sherry & Scott Allen

 

 

Name: Carolyn Wellman
Jody and family, I was so sorry to read of Tim's passing.GOD surly got a good guy last week.He was a friend and coach when my kids were in school and we had many good times.You and your family are in my prayers in these trying times. GOD be with you. Sincerely
. 

 

Name: Rod Dawson

He is a good man I enjoyed him as a speech teacher and coach. He will be missed prayers to the family. Rod Dawson 

 

Name: Tonya Heinz-Carter

To the family of Mr. Keith:
       I wanted to send my condolences and prayer's and to take a moment to share a memory. I had Mr. Keith for English my Senior year (1984). I'll be always grateful for his kind words. You see I was an "outsider". I did not have generations of family like most who attended Norwayne nor did I have many friends. Mr. Keith always had a kind word to say and always made me feel like I belonged. I'll never forget those "white shoes" and Elvis impersonations. I have never forgotten the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. lol.. Mr. Keith was teaching us the importance of writing complete and descriptive sentences and we were to write about how to make those sandwiches and as we read our papers he "tried" to make a sandwich based on our descriptions. I still laugh when I think of those visuals. What a sticky and funny mess. We all ( including himself) never laughed so hard. I think Mr. Hatten ( the janitor) probably still found peanut butter and jelly in weird places long after we graduated.
        I pray you all will find comfort in all of your memories and I have no doubt Mr. Keith is looking down upon you all....
         Fly high Mr. Keith and thank you for the memories..........

 

Name: Michael Spiker

Jody, Kasey and CJ - I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of loss. Tim was a great guy and we thoroughly enjoyed the times we shared with you when Joanna and Kasey were on that awesome JO team. I always enjoyed talking with Tim  and came to appreciate how he touched so many live in such a positive way. Jody - you and Tim raised a couple of awesome kids and I know how much pride you and he had for all their great accomplishments. No words can ease the pain at this time but know that the Spiker family loves you and will be asking for God's comfort and help to get you through this trying time. Also - I just wanted to let you know how pleased Joanna was to hear that Kasey will be attending MVNU - a chance for them to re-connect after all these years! God be with you all!
 

Name: Chris Drabenstott

I will forever remember Coach Keith as a competitor, motivator, and teacher.  As one of his former basketball players, one of my fondest memories was watching the movie "Hoosiers" in the locker room before playing a big game against West Holmes, and how he poured confidence, mental toughness, and heart into each one of us.  "Coach Keith...for all of the life lessons you taught me, and the laughs that you conjured up, I express to you (in your Elvis voice)... 'Thankyaverymuch.'" 

To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left.Timothy John Keith born May 8, 1949 went to be with the his Lord on May 20, 2017 due to complications from open-heart surgery. Name: Tonya Heinz-Carter
E-mail: Tsc1966@aol.com

Deceased Name: Tim Keith
Email message:: To the family of Mr. Keith:
       I wanted to send my condolences and prayer's and to take a moment to share a memory. I had Mr. Keith for English my Senior year (1984). I'll be always grateful for his kind words. You see I was an "outsider". I did not have generations of family like most who attended Norwayne nor did I have many friends. Mr. Keith always had a kind word to say and always made me feel like I belonged. I'll never forget those "white shoes" and Elvis impersonations. I have never forgotten the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. lol.. Mr. Keith was teaching us the importance of writing complete and descriptive sentences and we were to write about how to make those sandwiches and as we read our papers he "tried" to make a sandwich based on our descriptions. I still laugh when I think of those visuals. What a sticky and funny mess. We all ( including himself) never laughed so hard. I think Mr. Hatten ( the janitor) probably still found peanut butter and jelly in weird places long after we graduated.
        I pray you all will find comfort in all of your memories and I have no doubt Mr. Keith is looking down upon you all....
         Fly high Mr. Keith and thank you for the memories..........
 

 

Name: Steve Zarlengo

Tim and I started our teaching and coaching careers together at Norwayne in 1972 and later teamed up again teaching at Triway. We became good friends and did many things together in those days, coaching, scouting football and many fun things. He always made everyone laugh and feel at ease.I will miss you my friend. Until we meet again......Zar
 

 

Name: Scott & Katy Wertz

Jody,
We are so sorry to learn of Tim's passing.  Scott always enjoyed him and you are both well-loved. Please accept our sympathy.
 

Name: Pam and Jim Wolfe

We were so shocked and sad to hear about Tim's passing and have been keeping you all in our prayers. We really enjoyed being a part of a church family with you I know Tim made an impact on many kids at the Academy and will be greatly missed there.  I'm just glad we bumped into you all at the mall this last year and was able to visit briefly and always enjoyed his proud posts about CJ and Kasey's achievements on Facebook
You will continue to be in our prayers!
God Bless you.

 

Name: Jill Allen Woodard

Dear Keith Family,
What a sad time for us all. I am so sad to hear of Tim's passing. Mr . Keith , as I knew him was my high school English teacher and Cross Country coach. He made a positive lasting impact in my life as I know he did for many others.  He was blessed to find the right career path that would lead so many young people moving and aspiring higher.  We continued to cross paths through the years as we shared a similar bond,  the love of our families. We often found ourselves at soccer tournaments cheering on our kids. He was so proud of his family.  Mr. Keith will be greatly missed , but remembered so fondly as the guy who had the right take on what life was about.  Kindness and Love.

My Deepest Sympathies,

Jill Allen Woodard Class of 1981
 

Name: Amy Crow

Dear Jody, CJ, and Kasey
My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you during this difficult time in the loss of your husband and father.
I knew Tim first as Mr. Keith being my high school English teacher. I must say he was one of a kind. I will never forget him putting on an Elvis concert and it being great. What a voice he had.
After high school we became very good friends and he would be invited over to have my mom's homemade pizza and pies. And oh how he loved her banana  cream pie.
What a joy to be around and Jody you were the love of his life. I will never forget after the first time he laid eyes on you he came over and we were sitting on the front porch. He was in awe of you but afraid to pursue, but one thing for sure is he felt like you were the one and you had so much in common. I told him he had no choice but pursue and call you and the rest is history. He glowed before he met you. He was  full of life and was just  a fun loving person. All I can say is he glowed even brighter after finding you.
The world has lost a great guy no doubt, but the peace you have is knowing he is in heaven where he is happy.

Sincerely
Amy

 

Name: Ken & Kathy Landes

Dear Jody & Family,
Our sincerest sympathy for the loss of your husband. Upon reading the obituary we can see he was well loved and held in high esteem.
May your many loving memories help to sustain you during this time and provide a measure of comfort in the future.
Ken & Kathy Landes

 

Name: Triway Shot/Discus Team

The Triway track shot/discus team would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you at this time of your loss. Coach Cruise, Kaitlin Merwin and the rest of our staff/team.

Prays to you in Jesus Name. 

 

Name: Triway Shot/Discus Team
E-mail: trwy_cruise@tccsa.net

Deceased Name: Tim Keith Family
Email message:: The Triway track shot/discus team would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you at this time of your loss. Coach Cruise, Kaitlin Merwin and the rest of our staff/team.

Prays to you in Jesus Name. Name: Jill Allen Woodard
E-mail: jaw4@sbcglobal.net

Deceased Name: Tim Keith
Email message:: Dear Keith Family,

What a sad time for us all. I am so sad to hear of Tim's passing. Mr . Keith , as I knew him was my high school English teacher and Cross Country coach. He made a positive lasting impact in my life as I know he did for many others.  He was blessed to find the right career path that would lead so many young people moving and aspiring higher.  We continued to cross paths through the years as we shared a similar bond,  the love of our families. We often found ourselves at soccer tournaments cheering on our kids. He was so proud of his family.  Mr. Keith will be greatly missed , but remembered so fondly as the guy who had the right take on what life was about.  Kindness and Love.

My Deepest Sympathies,

Jill Allen Woodard Class of 1981
  

Name: Triway Shot/Discus Team
E-mail: trwy_cruise@tccsa.net

Deceased Name: Tim Keith Family
Email message:: The Triway track shot/discus team would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you at this time of your loss. Coach Cruise, Kaitlin Merwin and the rest of our staff/team.

Prays to you in Jesus Name. Name: Jill Allen Woodard
E-mail: jaw4@sbcglobal.net

Deceased Name: Tim Keith
Email message:: Dear Keith Family,

What a sad time for us all. I am so sad to hear of Tim's passing. Mr . Keith , as I knew him was my high school English teacher and Cross Country coach. He made a positive lasting impact in my life as I know he did for many others.  He was blessed to find the right career path that would lead so many young people moving and aspiring higher.  We continued to cross paths through the years as we shared a similar bond,  the love of our families. We often found ourselves at soccer tournaments cheering on our kids. He was so proud of his family.  Mr. Keith will be greatly missed , but remembered so fondly as the guy who had the right take on what life was about.  Kindness and Love.

My Deepest Sympathies,

Jill Allen Woodard Class of 1981
 Name: Pam and Jim Wolfe
E-mail: Udderlyalady1@aol.com

Deceased Name: Tim Keith
Email message:: We were so shocked and sad to hear about Tim's passing and have been keeping you all in our prayers. We really enjoyed being a part of a church family with you I know Tim made an impact on many kids at the Academy and will be greatly missed there.  I'm just glad we bumped into you all at the mall this last year and was able to visit briefly and always enjoyed his proud posts about CJ and Kasey's achievements on Facebook
You will continue to be in our prayers!
God Bless you.
 Name: Pam and Jim Wolfe
E-mail: Udderlyalady1@aol.com

Deceased Name: Tim Keith
Email message:: We were so shocked and sad to hear about Tim's passing and have been keeping you all in our prayers. We really enjoyed being a part of a church family with you I know Tim made an impact on many kids at the Academy and will be greatly missed there.  I'm just glad we bumped into you all at the mall this last year and was able to visit briefly and always enjoyed his proud posts about CJ and Kasey's achievements on Facebook
You will continue to be in our prayers!
God Bless you.
  

Name: Scott & Katy Wertz
E-mail: rkwertz@bright.net

Deceased Name: Tim Keith
Email message:: Jody,
We are so sorry to learn of Tim's passing.  Scott always enjoyed him and you are both well-loved. Please accept our sympathy.
 Name: Tonya Heinz-Carter
E-mail: Tsc1966@aol.com

Deceased Name: Tim Keith
Email message:: To the family of Mr. Keith:
       I wanted to send my condolences and prayer's and to take a moment to share a memory. I had Mr. Keith for English my Senior year (1984). I'll be always grateful for his kind words. You see I was an "outsider". I did not have generations of family like most who attended Norwayne nor did I have many friends. Mr. Keith always had a kind word to say and always made me feel like I belonged. I'll never forget those "white shoes" and Elvis impersonations. I have never forgotten the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. lol.. Mr. Keith was teaching us the importance of writing complete and descriptive sentences and we were to write about how to make those sandwiches and as we read our papers he "tried" to make a sandwich based on our descriptions. I still laugh when I think of those visuals. What a sticky and funny mess. We all ( including himself) never laughed so hard. I think Mr. Hatten ( the janitor) probably still found peanut butter and jelly in weird places long after we graduated.
        I pray you all will find comfort in all of your memories and I have no doubt Mr. Keith is looking down upon you all....
         Fly high Mr. Keith and thank you for the memories..........
 Name: Tonya Heinz-Carter
E-mail: Tsc1966@aol.com

Deceased Name: Tim Keith
Email message:: To the family of Mr. Keith:
       I wanted to send my condolences and prayer's and to take a moment to share a memory. I had Mr. Keith for English my Senior year (1984). I'll be always grateful for his kind words. You see I was an "outsider". I did not have generations of family like most who attended Norwayne nor did I have many friends. Mr. Keith always had a kind word to say and always made me feel like I belonged. I'll never forget those "white shoes" and Elvis impersonations. I have never forgotten the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. lol.. Mr. Keith was teaching us the importance of writing complete and descriptive sentences and we were to write about how to make those sandwiches and as we read our papers he "tried" to make a sandwich based on our descriptions. I still laugh when I think of those visuals. What a sticky and funny mess. We all ( including himself) never laughed so hard. I think Mr. Hatten ( the janitor) probably still found peanut butter and jelly in weird places long after we graduated.
        I pray you all will find comfort in all of your memories and I have no doubt Mr. Keith is looking down upon you all....
         Fly high Mr. Keith and thank you for the memories..........
  

Born in Altoona, PA, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School and The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.  Tim was a lifelong educator teaching and coaching at Norwayne, Triway, and Buckeye Local Schools as well as the Rittman Academy. TK will be fondly remembered for the passion he brought to life: faith, family, teaching, coaching. Tim lived his Christian faith daily in practical ways setting an example for those around him.  He was an avid sports fan: broadcasting Norwayne football games, watching his children participate in sports, playing golf, and following sports at all levels. He also enjoyed listening to, singing, and playing music. He had an easy-going personality, quick wit, and great sense of humor. 

 

Tim is survived by his wife of 27 years Jody, his son CJ and daughter Kasey. He is also survived by his step-sister Patricia (Tod) Carmony, step-sister Janice (Mark) Anderson, sister-in-law Kelly (Ron) Walsh, brother-in-law Jeff (Mary) Gindlesberger, and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents Reverend John and June Keith, step-mother Miriam Keith, and sister Suzanne Keith.

 

There will be  a memorial service held at the Wooster Church of the Nazarene,  3100 Oak Hill Road, on Thursday, May 25 at 5 pm. Family will receive guests after the service.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Norwayne Booster Club, 350 S. Main St. Creston, Oh 44217 or Wooster Church of the Nazarene.

 

We thank God for the positive influence and joy Tim brought to all those who knew and loved him.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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