Charles “Pat” Keys was born at home in Hazen on June 15, 1932. He passed away on Feb. 19 2020 in Brookville. His parents were Stephen and Estella (Johnson) Keys. He is preceded in death by his brother, William Keys, and a sister, Maryelyn Keys Romero. He is also preceded in death by his youngest daughter Patti Jo Keys. He married Jean Morrison Keys in 1955 after being discharged from the service. They had 62 blessed years together. They had four children; two sons, Michael and Matthew (Gloria) and two daughters, Paula (Scott Park) and Patti Jo. Jean passed away in June 2017. He enjoyed his six grandchildren, who loved to visit with him and listen to the stories of his life; Sarah, Michelle, Stephen, Levi, Amanda, and Sean. He was blessed with two great-grandchildren; Laura and Elliot. Many nieces and nephews who loved seeing “Uncle Pat” and catching up with him. He spent a lot of time at his nephews business, and all the employees affectionately referred to him as “Uncle Pat.” Keys was a proud veteran of the Korean War. He served from 1953 to 1955 and was stationed in Germany. He was a coal truck driver and also continued to help on the family farm. He started working at Brockway Glass in 1956 and retired from there in 1994 after 38 years. Following retirement, he chose to be a caretaker for his mom, and eventually his wife. He set an example for all of his children on the true meaning of love. Keys lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed local country music, auctions, and flea markets. His tag line at the flea market was “can you do a little better?” He has owned and enjoyed several antique cars and trucks over the years. He loved being on a tractor and had quite the collection, but was always looking for one more. A celebration of life will be held at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home. Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. co-officiated by Pastor Joni Williams and Reverend Ricky Nelson. Burial will follow in Temple Cemetery in Hazen. Full military honors will be accorded Saturday at the funeral home by Parson Marnati of American Legion Post 95. Memorials may be sent to the Warsaw Township Cemetary Association, Alan Lindemuth, 7235 Route 28 North, Reynoldsville, PA 15851, or to Allens Mills United Methodist church, Good Shephard United Methodist Parish, 57 Allens Mills Road, Brookville, PA 15825.
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