Keith Duane Rees of Lincoln, formerly of Liberty, passed away Jan. 5, 2019 in Lincoln, at the age of 93. He was born May 8, 1925 at the family farm near Liberty along with his twin brother, Kenneth, to Ernest and Inez (Blume) Rees. He grew up on the family farm southeast of Liberty and attended rural school District 66, Dubois, and Barneston High School. Keith graduated salutatorian of his class from Barneston High School in 1942. He graduated from the Grand Island Business College in 1943. Keith served in the Navy from 1944-1946 on the USS Pamanset AO-85 in the Pacific Theater. He called it an Oiler. Keith married Elaine May Weyer of Barneston at St. Johns Lutheran Church April 4, 1948. They have been married for 70 years. They have one daughter, Nancy. Keith was active in the community serving on the Barneston School Board, the Election Board, and the ASCS committee. He served as a Trustee and church Treasurer for the Mission Creek Presbyterian Church. He was Treasurer for the Mission Creek Cemetery for 32 years. Keith was of Barneston Legion Post 356 and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1077 in Beatrice. He worked for the ASCS Office measuring ground for 13 years. He farmed for 48 years and lived on the same section for 85 years. Keith and Elaine moved to the Cotner Center Condominiums in Lincoln in 2010.
He is survived by his wife Elaine of Lincoln; daughter Nancy (Darrel) Weers; grandchildren Tracy (Kevin) Dickes and Tyler (Diana) Weers; and four great-grandchildren Dawson Wright, Maya Dickes, Audrey Weers, and Hunter Weers; his sister-in-law Lila Rees; nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his parents Ernest and Inez (Blume) Rees; brothers Ivan, Donald, Lowell, Kenneth, and Harold.
Memorials to the Mission Creek Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be at 2 p.m., at the Cotner Center, 1540 N. Cotner Blvd. Lincoln, Sunday, Jan. 13. Please use the north entrance. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m., Jan. 16, at the Barneston American Legion in Barneston. Military honors will be in Barneston. Private interment will be at the Mission Creek Cemetery at a later date.