Keith L. Wilcox

June 27, 1913 - Sept. 23, 2007

Keith L. Wilcox of Mukwonago passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at LindenGrove Nursing Facility in Waukesha. He was 94 years old. Keith was born June 27, 1913, in Baraboo, the son of Alvin and Pearl (nee Kennedy) Wilcox.

After the family moved to Jefferson, he completed high school and attended Whitewater College, where he met Ardith L. Winters. They were married Jan. 4, 1940, in Indiana. They were married for 50 years and lived in Mukwonago since 1951.

Keith served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge, he worked for the Wisconsin State Employment Service for 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #375, Mukwonago, and in his younger years, a member of the Mukwonago Kiwanis Club. He was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Mukwonago. Keith and Ardith both enjoyed their grandchildren, cottage, traveling and their bridge club.

Survivors include his son, Michael T. (Patricia) of Waukesha; his loving grandchildren, Patrick (Jill) and Bradley (Julie) Wilcox, both of Olathe, Kan., and Nicole (Charles) Zielke of Milwaukee; his great-grandchildren, Andrew, Robert and Madeline Wilcox and Tanner and Joshua Zielke; three stepgrandchildren, Julie (James) Beeck-Hellen of Waukesha, Jennifer (Todd) Beeck-Bell of St. Peters, Mo., and Jeffrey (Diane) Beeck of Hartland; six stepgreat-grandchildren, Melissa Hellen, Amanda, Emily and Chloe Bell and Zachary and Jon Beeck; a special friend, Gladys Campbell; and other relatives and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; Ardith; his son, Gary; a sister, Verona; one sister-in-law; five brothers-in-law; and several friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral Home, 315 Main St. (Highway ES), Mukwonago. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home. The Rev. Leslie Shultz will officiate. Interment will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery, Mukwonago.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First Congregational Church of Mukwonago are appreciated.

Keiths family wishes to extend the most sincere gratitude to Seasons Hospice for their deep respect and compassionate care given to Keith during this most difficult time.

Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral and Cremation Services of Mukwonago, 363-7126, is serving the family.