Earl "Sonny" Keithley Jr. February 3, 1921 – August 9, 2006
On Aug. 9 Earl Keithley Jr. of Rifle, 85, died after a long fight with cancer, which he battled with great determination, toughness, and stubbornness.Earl D. Keithley Jr. – “Sonny” to all his friends and family – was born to Earl D. Keithley Sr. and Wilma (Stevens) on Feb. 3, 1921, in LaJuanta. Sonny moved to the Western Slope with his family in 1925, where he farmed with the family until serving as a MP in World War II in the Pacific Theater.Sonny returned from the war to his wife, Ruth Virginia (Morrow) Keithley and their family. His profession at that time was one of his passions, farming. He farmed and raised livestock the majority of his life, and took pride in his farm and his animals as was evident when he spoke of them. Horses were another passion of Sonny’s. The joy he found in racing, riding, and raising them is truly a family tradition. He worked nearly four decades for Garfield County, and in retirement he was still involved with his lifelong passions.He leaves to cherish his memories his wife Ruth of the family home; sons Earl D. Keithley III and his wife Sandy of Rifle, Richard Lee Keithley and his wife Balinda of Parachute, Daniel Harold Keithley and his wife Dawn of Rifle, and David Malcom Keithley and his wife Carolyn, also of Rifle; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two nephews, four nieces and numerous friends and neighbors.Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Rifle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Del Whittington of the Open Door Church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Battlement Mesa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rifle Veterans Nursing Home, 851 East 5th St., Rifle, CO 81650.Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with all arrangements.
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