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Information for Oliver Keys

4 January, 1897 - 24 November, 1986

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

November, 1986
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Oliver Keys

    Services for Oliver Keys, 89, of Caldwell, who died Monday, Nov. 24, at the Caldwell hospital, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 221 E. Linden, Caldwell.
    Pastor Dick Shaw will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Roswell Cemetery, Roswell, under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
    Mr. Keys was born Jan. 4, 1897, at Cherokee County, Kan., to William and Mary Kathryn Jarrett Keys.  He was reared and educated in Cherokee County.  
    He taught school in Kansas and Missouri for several years.
    He married Naomi Sparks March 29, 1920, in West Plains, Mo.  They lived in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado before coming to the Arena Valley area near Roswell and Parma in 1927.  He farmed and did carpentry work until 1940, when they moved to Vallejo. Calif.  In 1944, they returned to Caldwell, where he continued carpentering until his retirement in 1959.
    He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors.
    He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Caldwell and was a Sunday school teacher for many years.  He was also a member of the Caldwell Senior Citizens League.
    He is survived by his wife of Caldwell; six sons, Elmer H. Keys of Redding, Calif., James W. "Bill" Keys of Caldwell, Thomas O. Keys of Boise, Lewis F. and Earnest F. Keys, both of Nampa, and John D. Keys of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Jewell (Mrs. Allen) Fretwell of Greenville. S.C., and Norma (Mrs. Warren ) Hewett of Everett, Wash.; 31 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters and two grandchildren.
    Friends may call Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m, at the Caldwell Flahiff chapel.
    Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 221 Linden. Caldwell 83605.

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