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Keith Louis Mortensen

January 24, 1943 - February 15, 2018
From: Royal, IA
Keith Louis Mortensen

Keith Louis Mortensen

Born: January 24, 1943
Died: February 15, 2018
Age: 75

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Keith Louis Mortensen, the son of Louis and Carrie (Petersen) Mortensen, was born January 24, 1943 in Hartley, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in Royal, Iowa, where he received his education, graduating from Royal High School.

     Keith married Marjorie Johanson on June 17, 1962 in Royal, Iowa.  After their marriage they continued to live in Royal, where he worked for many years at his business, Mortensen Construction, building many homes and kitchens.  Keith enjoyed his cabinetry and finish work and was very proud to provide his work.  In retirement, Keith continued to enjoy his woodworking as well as building fishing poles, fishing and spending time fishing with his grandchildren.  He was a loyal member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and had served on the church council.

     He passed away at the Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the age of 75.  Keith was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Roger and an infant sister.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marj of Royal; three daughters: Teresa (Francis) Spear of Spencer, Susan (Zach) Larsen of Sanborn, Kelly (Mark) DeYoung of Casa Grande, Arizona and one son, Brian (Stephanie) Mortensen of Spencer; 12 grandchildren;     9 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Karen Mortensen of Mesa, AZ; other relatives and many, many friends.


Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal.

Pastor Mark Wilms
Jim Haraldson
Terry Gray
Steve Thomas
Craig Thomas
John Englert
Ken Bohr

All of the grandchildren:
Amber Wittrock
Scott Riley
Amanda Riley
Lindsey Cronin
Rachael Baetsle
Hunter Larsen
Ryann DeYoung
Marshal DeYoung
Jon DeYoung
Jill DeYoung
Kaylene Mortensen
Turner Mortensen

& Great Grandchildren:
Zoie Riley
Jaylen Wittrock
Ivy Kuhlman
Hayden Kuhlman
Kinley Baetsle
Kadence Baetsle
Ian Sanchez-DeYoung
Camryn DeYoung
Chloe DeYoung
Visitation will begin 2:00 P.M., Sunday, February 18, 2018 with the family present from 2 to 4:00 P.M., Sunday at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

"In The Garden"
"Lord Of All Hopefulness"
"How Great Thou Art"
By The Congregation

"The Lord's Prayer"
By Mark Joenks

ORGANIST: Sue Brugman

Willow Creek Cemetery
Royal, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held immediately following the burial service.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 8:36 AM
“Esthela and I send our condolences to the family of Keith to his wife. Keith built our house out on the Wheeler Farm in O'Brien Co., Iowa. He did it alone with John Engler. They worked alone during the winter of 1996-1997. Keith as a genius and a master builder and craftsman. He had outstanding talent and was a honest and caring person. ”
- Duane W Wheeler
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 4:20 PM
“My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy over the loss of Keith.
May you find comfort in your loving memories and the warmth of family and friends. A scripture that has uplifted many who have experienced such a loss, is found at Revelation 21:4. There it describes a time when death and pain will be gone forever. We will even see our loved ones again who we have lost in death (John 5:28 & 29). It is our hope that these words bring you a measure of comfort during this difficult time as well. Once again, please accept our condolences as you deal with your loss.
- Elton Family
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 10:17 AM
“Our deepest sympathy. Hugs
Linda & John Willman ”
- Linda (Caudill)Willman
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 10:17 AM
“This is my 3rd. time sending condolences....anyway, I want you and your family to know I am praying that you feel God's presence at this time. He can give peace, strength and courage to face today and the ones to come. Do cherish all the wonderful memories that you all shared together. Thinking of you all today. ”
- Bob & Audrey Schmidt
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 10:16 AM
“As you lay your husband, father, grandpa, uncle or friend to rest today keep all of those memories close in your hearts! My deepest sympathies go to all of you ! You will be in my prayers !”
- Rhonda Olson
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9:56 AM
“Marj and family,
We are so sorry and shocked to hear about Keith. It's only been a month since we sat visiting with the two of you at Mom's funeral. It's hard to believe he is gone. We'll miss seeing him drive by in his red pickup everyday and Mom saying "there goes Keith fishing". Now he is fishing in heaven. We feel badly we won't be home from Mexico in time for the funeral but please know we are praying for all of you at this terribly difficult time. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace now and not suffering.”
- Bruce and Shelley Berberich
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:40 PM
“Marg and the Mortensen family,
I can remember the day I pulled up onto Zach and Susan's driveway to go ice fishing and there sits this big red pickup with topper. Out comes Zach and he introduced me to this big teddy bear named Keith. Had the pleasure of getting to know Keith at one of his best, with a fishing pole in his hand. And thanks to Keith and Hunter...we didn't go hungry! May you find comfort in this time, and your line set tight and drag set right. "I will make you fishers of men" Mark 1:17”
- Lee and Darla Reuvers
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:29 PM
“We wish to express our deepest sympathy. We are sorry for your loss. ”
- Jolene and Denny Hofmeyer, Justin Hofmeyer
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 4:12 PM
“Aunt Majorie and family
My condolences to you all. Keeping you in prayers and may God give you comfort and peace. ”
- Lori Johanson Weston
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:44 PM
“Marjorie and Family:
We send our sincere sympathy. Keith did much of the finish work in our parents home, and those beautiful kitchen cabinets have withstood the test of time! We pray that the love of family and friends, your good memories and your faith in a loving God with lift and support you in this difficult time. David and Jane Kruse ”
- David and Jane Kruse
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:44 PM
“You are in my thoughts and prayers, so sorry for your loss.”
- Tami Helmkamp Diekmann
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:44 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to Marge and family. Thank you for sharing this wonderful, kind and generous man. He was such a joy to be around, particularly when there was a fishing pole in his hands. I asked God last night to make sure he catches the biggest fish from every lake in heaven...continuing his streak set on this earth. I will miss his giant smile, room filling laugh and kind heart. RIP friend.”
- Robert and Tammy Larsen
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:43 PM
“We were sorry to learn of Keith's death. I remember his growing up years and spending a lot of time in our backyard. Cherish the memories. ”
- Everett and June Johnson
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:42 AM
“Marge and family: We were so sorry to hear about Keith. What a surprise to hear the news. Was nice to see you both at Cleo Wilde's visitation.
May God give you strength in the days ahead. Hugs. Sending our Love and Sympathy. ”
- Chuck and Donna Tielbur
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:17 AM
“Margie girls and Brian........we are so very sorry to hear about Keith! What a wonderful man! We love our home that he and Johnny built for us and had so much fun with them! He will really be missed! Keep your memories close to your heart always!””
- Bryan and Gayle Bailey
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:13 AM
“My heart is aching with, and for you tonight. Keith was a special man and had such a gift; I always enjoyed our visits, and learned so much from him and you too Marj about finishing wood. He will truly be missed. You, his dear family, are in my heart and prayers, and will continue to be.”
- Marcia Steffen
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:13 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss! We send our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers to you all! ”
- Drew Andy Leaha Eldridge
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:13 AM
“Sending prayers of comfort to you and your families.”
- Angie Hagedorn
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 9:34 PM
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of Keith’s passing. What a kind, man he was and we know how much he will be missed. We just visited at Mom’s funeral and can hardly believe he’s gone. Our sympathy to Marge and family. ”
- Candy and Bob Ehmen
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:39 PM
“Our heartfelt sympathy to Marge and family. We know he has held on and fought this cancer for a long time.
We pray he is finally at rest. ”
- Pam And Steven Santage
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:39 PM
“So sad to hear that Keith has passed. He was a gentle soul with a big smile and heart. I always enjoyed visiting with Keith about fishing and sharing our "fish" stories. Not only a customer, but a friend. Rest in Peace Keith. ”
- Dawn From Kapco
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