Information for Richard Victor Keim

30 April, 1901 - 18 August, 1969

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

November, 1984
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo and Dan Fowler


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In Memory of
Rev. Richard V. Keim

    As friends and members of the family we are assembled with respect and in tribute to Richard V. Kiem, whose passing on August 18, 1969 has removed a central pivot from the family, the community, and the church.
   After serving the meat packing profession to retirement, he was called to the pastoral service of the Church of the Brethren. He came to Nampa in 1916 and graduated from Nampa High School. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from McPherson College in 1925 and taught high school for one year at Burton, Kansas, before returning to Nampa as manager of the H. H. Keim Meat Packing Company in 1926. At the time of his passing, he was President and Chairman of the Board of the H. H. Keim Company.
   Those for whom his passing will leave the greatest void are his wife, Minnie; two daughters, Mrs. Winston Goering and Mrs. Robert Nelson; three sons, Robert, George, and Richard, Jr.; three brothers, Silas, Stanley, and Howard, Jr.; two sisters, Mrs. C. Ray Keim and Mrs. Stanley Hauser; seventeen grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
    All of his sixty-eight years were active and creative and his living, like his preaching, stressed the values of peace for all mankind and a buoyant faith in young people.

 

 

Rev. Richard V. Keim

    NAMPA - Private funeral services for the Rev. Richard V. Keim, 68, Nampa, will be conducted at the Bowmont Church of the Brethren at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with members of the family in attendance. Entombment will follow in the Building of Reverence at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Earl Traghber and the Rev. John Metzler.
    Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Nampa Church of the Brethren by the Rev. Bruce Flora. The family suggests contributions be given to the Memorial Fund for Students at McPherson College, or flowers may be sent. Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel from 1 p.m. today.
    Rev. Keim died suddenly at his home in the Bowmont Community Monday morning. He was born April 30, 1901, at Lodoga, Ind., and at the age of 10 moved with his parents to the west coast and in 1916 came to Idaho with his brother. He graduated from Nampa High School, and from McPherson College, Kan., with a degree in education in 1925. He returned to Nampa after teaching in the Burton, Kan., high school for one year.
    In 1926 the Rev. Keim took over management of the H. H. Keim Packing Co., which was founded by his father. At the time of his death, he was president and chairman of the board of  H. h. Keim Co. Rev. Keim was also a Brethren Minister for many years. In addition to being in the packing business 40 years, he also raised registered milking Shorthorn cattle and farmed a 100-acre farm. He was active in church work, serving as a Sunday school teacher, moderator and superintendent. He was asked to serve as a part-time minister for the Church of the Brethren during the past 10 years, and was ordained by his eldest son, a minister.
    The Rev. Keim had served as president of the Mayor's Committee for Employment of the Handicapped and was active in and a former president of the Nampa Rotary Club. He was a member and past chaplain of the Nampa Countryman's Club, a charter member and past president of the Nampa Toastmaster's Club, a National Director of Toastmaster's International, and Treasurer of the Bowmont Grange.
    The Rev. Keim is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie E. Keim, Bowmont; two daughters, Mrs. Winston Goering, Nampa, and Mrs. Robert Nelson, Madras, Ore.; three sons, Robert Keim, McPherson, Kan., George Keim, Springfield, Va., and Richard Keim Jr., Nampa; three brothers, Silas Keim, Wenatchee, Wash., Stanley Keim, Nampa, and Rev. Howard Keim II, Peoria, Ill.;  two sisters, Mrs. C. Ray Keim, North Manchester, Ind., and Mrs. Stanley Hauser, North Liberty, Ind., and 17 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.


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