KEWANEE – Keith H. Salz, 57, of Kewanee, passed away at 4:55 AM, Saturday, May 25, 2013 at his home following a 10 month battle with illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, May 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, May 29 at the funeral home. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Cremation will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be directed to the family.
He was born October 5, 1955 in Kewanee, the son of Eugene and Haroldean (Prentice) Salz. He married Mickee Mercer on June 21, 1975 in Kewanee. She survives, as do his mother, a son, Brian Keith (Jackie) Salz of Kewanee, a daughter, Jennifer Rene (Terry) Sopiars of Kewanee, six grandchildren, Shaeleigh, Evan, Dylan and Baylie Salz and Haelee and Marek Sopiars, two brothers, Alan (Cheri) Salz of Rome, IL and Jon (Jolene) Salz of Tonica, IL, three sisters, Karen (Ron) Lindquist of Toulon, Bonnie (Mark) Dynes of Irrigon, OR and Sue (Jim) Heider of Ogelsby, IL, several aunts, uncles, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, “Hillbilly” Lisa Johnston and a very special cousin, “Beaner” Keith was also blessed with a guardian angel while here on earth, Lindsay Clague. He was preceded in death by his father and paternal and maternal grandparents.
Keith graduated from Kewanee High School in 1973. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He graduated from the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, IA on June 21, 1988 with the title of Colonel. He worked as a truck driver for Bell Trucking in Galva. He loved fishing, making moonshine, smoking fish and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.