Keith R. Oesterreich, 80

Keith R. Oesterreich, age 80, was at peace with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 when Jesus took him home while surrounded by his loving family at The Kathy Hospice.

Keith was born on Sept. 5, 1934, in Ashland to the late Oswald “Pete” and Betty (nee Storck) Oesterreich. He graduated from Ashland High School before serving two years in the United States Army. On Aug. 24, 1957, he was united in marriage to Carole Eve at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashland. Keith enjoyed a long career at Simplex Time Recorder where he worked for 40 years. He was a long time member of Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bend and was an avid hunter, fisherman, trapper and bear guide. Keith loved his family and always enjoyed spending time with them.

Keith is survived by his wife, Carole; three daughters, Kathy (George) Muth of West Bend, Karen (Timothy) Kelley of Fond du Lac and Janice (Daniel) Lubner of Campbellsport; 15 grandchildren, Peter, Kevin (Katie), Jennifer (fiancé Evan), Amie (Josef), Betsy, Heidi, Molly, Clark, Keith, Ross, Adrianna, Olivia, Grant, Isaiah, and Noah; a great-grandson, Gus; a great-granddaughter due in July; a brother, Kurt (Carol) Oesterreich of Ashland; a brother-in-law, William (Pat) Eve of Milwaukee; and many other close relatives and dear friends.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kent; and a nephew, Kent.

Funeral services were to be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Drive, West Bend. Visitation was to be at the church on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. until the time of service at 5:30 p.m. A private burial will be in Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorials to Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Keith’s family would like to thank the staff of Kathy Hospice for all of their love and care.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service of West Bend is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at