He was born Feb. 5, 1943, in Muncie to Paul J. and Betty (Davis) Keys. He married Geraldine R. Dunn on March 31, 1964, in Albuquerque, N.M., and she preceded in death on June 3, 2002.
He retired from Friendship Homes where he had worked for 19 years.
Surviving are daughters: Paula Nolan, Janei Pickens, Antoinette Keys, all of Nappanee; and Ronda (Eddie) Carter, Plymouth, Ind.; 9 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four sisters.
He was a member of the Nappanee American Legion, NRA, and he loved his family and animals.
Family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, at 1:30 p.m. also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at South Union Cemetery with Military Graveside services.