James Lloyd Keys, Jr., age 82, died Sunday, March 3, 2013 at his home in Helena, MT. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his daughters Julie and Margaret, son-in-law Michael, grandchildren Jaime and Jonathan, and great granddaughter Charlotte.
Jim was born to James Lloyd Keys, Sr. and his wife, Anna Mary Kockler Keys, in Helena, MT on September 25, 1930. In 1942, the family moved to California, where he spent the next 50 years, going to school while working part time, spending four years in the Navy, graduating from college (University of Southern California) and finally making a living as a Deputy L.A. County Probation Officer. He and Dorothy were married in Glendale, CA in 1965. When Jim retired, he was able to “return to Heaven” when he and his wife moved back to Montana.
Jim was a member of the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers, the Marysville Pioneers, the NRA, and a lifetime member of the American Legion. His love of guns remained with him until his death.
A celebration of Jim’s life was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2013 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., Helena, MT. A reception followed the service in the social hall at the funeral home. Burial with military honors followed the reception at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials in Jim’s name are suggested to American Diabetes Association or to St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation.
Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer the family condolences or share a memory of Jim.