Keith Van Meter

JUNCTION CITY - A memorial service will be held March 15 for Keith Wendel Van Meter of Junction City, who died March 5 of complications from a staph infection. He was 76.

Van Meter was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Yakima, Wash., to Finley and Irene Plank Van Meter. He married Elsie Pratt in Medford on Oct. 21, 1945.

He graduated from Washington High School in Portland and attended college for one year. He lived in Portland from 1945 until 1949 and in the Medford/Grants Pass area from 1949 until 1980, when he moved to Grandview, Wash. He settled in Junction City in 1985.

He was employed as a carpenter, electrician, mechanic, maintenance worker and inventor. He enjoyed working on small engines and public address systems.

His interests included being a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses and serving as an elder for the West Junction City Congregation. He was also involved in the Quick-Build Program for Kingdom Halls throughout Oregon.

Survivors include his wife; five daughters, Anita Stam of Marcola, Kay Marvin of Grandview, Kip McDole of Richland, Wash., Keila Petronek of Hagerman, Idaho, and Lidia Quintero of Junction City; a brother, Lyle of Republic, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grand- child. A great-grandson, Trevor, died previously.

Saturday's service will be held at 5 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 3750 Barger Drive in Eugene. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Published March 13, 2003 - The Register-Guard Newspaper, Eugene, Oregon.


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