Keith E. Goodspeed

Mr. Keith Goodspeed of Grafton, WI passed away peacefully on Friday morning, June 21, 2019, at The Highlands at Newcastle Place in Mequon, where he had been recuperating following an earlier injury.  He was 88 years old.

Keith was born in Clear Lake, WI on May 13, 1931, son of Ernest and Hannah Jones Goodspeed.  Following his schooling, he enlisted in the US Air Force; he served during Korean and Viet Nam War eras as a flight line maintenance technician and supervisor, and as a classroom instructor for fighter/interceptor fire control radar systems.  While in the service, Keith was part of Operation Bootstrap, a program that allowed him to earn a B.A in General Education from the University of Nebraska in Omaha while still on active duty.

Keith was united in marriage with Nancy Lee Baumann of Hobart, IN. The couple had four sons together, all of whom followed their father into military service. In April of 1974, Keith retired from active duty honorably and became a Human Resources Administrator for Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN and later Personnel Director for Diamond Brands in Cloquet, MN.

Mr. Goodspeed moved to Grafton, WI in 2001. He enjoyed history and philosophy, playing classical piano, stamp collecting and travel with his partner James Kailas.  Keith was also an animal -lover and had a wide range of other interests

Survivors include his sons Jeffrey Goodspeed of Cloquet, MN, Scott (Christin) Goodspeed of Blaine, MN, Craig (Mindi) Goodspeed of Plano, TX, and Ross (Rachel) Goodspeed of Dayton, OH.  He is further survived by 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his former wife Nancy, and 7 older siblings; his brothers Leon and Wayne, and sisters Jesse, Jean, Beatrice, Phyllis and Shirley. 

The family received visitors at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave. Port Washington, WI, on Saturday, June 29th from 10:00AM until Noon.  Keith was laid to rest beside Jim in Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice, in honor of Keith’s philanthropic endeavors.

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