Keith Ray Korb
July 22, 1953 — Dec. 29, 2016

Keith Ray Korb, age 63, passed away on December 29, 2016, after a long and courageous fight. Keith was born in Waukesha on July 22, 1953, the son of Orval and Peggy (nee Zimdars) Korb.

He grew up in Waukesha and graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1972. Keith was employed at several businesses over the years, including Waukesha Cement & Tile Co., Waukesha Auto Color, Snidely’s Saloon (a family-owned business in North Prairie), Sikkens, an international paint company, where Keith was one of six guys who developed their territory in the United States, and Body Shop Supply in Madison. He also co-owned and operated The Frosted Mug in Delafield along with his brother Randy.

Keith loved restoring and custom painting classic cars and hot rods. He also loved being at the cabin he built up north, especially when he could be there with family, friends and of course Tonto and Snickers. He would look forward to Friday afternoons so he could take off to the cabin with his family and explore new dinner spots that he could share with friends. Many plans and dreams were made around the campfire at night. The stories he told were unforgettable.

Keith is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, Kelly (nee Gavigan), and his loving son, Jesse, who Keith referred to as his greatest accomplishment. He was the dear brother of Kathleen (John) Peffer of Eagle, Randy (Elizabeth) Korb of Adams, Jill (Hugh) Gramann of Hartland and Mark Korb of Waukesha. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Catherine Gavigan. He was the dear brother-in-law of William Gavigan, Mary Kay (Alan) Christiansen and Lynn (Doug) Mueller. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Peggy Korb; brother Peter Korb; and by father-in-law Lee Gavigan.

A memorial gathering for Keith will be held on Saturday, January 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha, with memorial service at 1 p.m.

If desired, memorials to the National Kidney Foundation or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation would be appreciated Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-549-0659 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions. To receive this obit/directions, text 1689267 to 414-301-6422.