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Keith Lemmon

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Jan. 19, 1924-May 28, 2009

Keith F. Lemmon, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, May 28, 2009 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

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Keith was born the son of Fredrich and Mabel (Stowell) Lemmon on January 19, 1924 in Pierpont, S.D. He was the youngest of six children, and attended country school in rural Pierpont until the age of 10, when his family moved to Detroit Lakes. Keith continued his schooling in rural Detroit Lakes, close to the family farm near Floyd Lake. He then went on to graduate from Detroit Lakes High School in 1941.

After high school, Keith attended North Dakota State University for agriculture. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 and served as a guard for German prisoners in Alabama and Mississippi. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Detroit Lakes and bought a farm next door to where his parents lived on Floyd Lake.

Keith married Violette (Fingalson) Connell on Nov. 24, 1964. They made their home on the farm, where they raised turkeys and sheep. Keith retired in 1988 and they later moved to Detroit Lakes, to a condominium on Madison Avenue. He entered St Mary's Nursing Center (now Oak Crossing) in October of 2001 and has resided there since.

Keith was a member of Bakke Lutheran Church and also served as parish president for Richwood, Lund and Bakke Lutheran churches. He enjoyed fishing, watching the Minnesota Twins and playing cards.

Surviving Keith are his wife, Violette; three sons, Terry (Kathy) Connell of Park Rapids, Steve (Kathleen) Connell of Sebeka and Mark (Wendi) Lemmon of New London, Iowa; daughter, Lori (Troy) Miller of Carson, N.D.; 10 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one brother, Thorton (Marcella) Lemmon of Detroit Lakes; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Keith in death were his parents; grandson, James Sears; two brothers, Donald and Loren Lemmon; and two sisters, Eunice Lemmon and Harriet Skarie.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, June 1 at Bakke Lutheran Church, rural Detroit Lakes, with interment in Bakke Lutheran Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.

Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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