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Gordon Alan Richard Keay

Gordon Alan Richard Keay, 78, formerly of Barnum, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz., after a long battle with emphysema. Gordon was born May 2, 1930, in Bearsted, England. He was a member of the Royal Air Force where he ...

Gordon Alan Richard Keay, 78, formerly of Barnum, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz., after a long battle with emphysema. Gordon was born May 2, 1930, in Bearsted, England. He was a member of the Royal Air Force where he met and married his first wife of 47 years, Joan. He came to Minnesota in 1959 and was employed for a short time at the railroad, then Diamond Match in Cloquet. The next 23 years were with MP&L until his retirement in 1989. In 1991 he and Joan moved to Apache Junction, Ariz. He had three great loves in his life, Joan, his kids and grandkids, and the game of golf.

He was preceded in death be his parents; three brothers; four sisters; and the love of his life for 47 years, Joan.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Pat of Apache Junction, Ariz.; son, Alan (Penny) Keay of Barnum; daughter, Janette (Kevin) Wilson of Crane, Mo.; four grandsons, Damien Wilson of Crane, Mo., Jason (Angie) Keay of Blaine, Minn., Austin (Cheri) Keay of North Branch, Minn., and Philip (JayLene Rimolde) Keay of Barnum; two granddaughters, Melanie (Matt) Fett, and Layla (Jay) Hirschfelt, both of Auburn, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Teagan and Hailey of Blaine, Kortnay of Duluth, and Tanner and Aliyah Fett of Washington; sister, Rene (Roy) Bourne of Aylesford, England; and many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.

There will be a Gathering of Family and Friends from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in the Fireside Room of Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet.

Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home, 218-879-7184. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.northlandfuneralhome.com .

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January 1, 2009 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.

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