John R. Keim, 79 of Mesa, Ariz., died Aug. 4, 2012, at his home.
He was born July 25, 1933, in Old Fort to Lawrence David and Nellie Gertrude (McDaniel) Keim. Aug. 8, 1955, he married Carole Lee Loving in Angola, Ind., and she preceded him in death in July 1992.
John enlisted in the service the day after his 17th birthday and served with the U.S. Air Force until 1954, then in 1963 he enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and served until 1970, doing two tours of duty in Vietnam. While in service to his country, John earned several medals, including a Good Conduct Medal with three stars; National Defense Service Medal with one star; the Vietnam Service Medal with three stars; the Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60; Vietnam cross of Gallantry with Palm; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V; and Expert Badge (Rifle, Pistol).
John enjoyed gardening and doing ceramics. He was an electrician for Toledo Edison for many years, retiring in 1990.
Surviving is his daughter, Connie Riehl of Florence, S.C.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and seven siblings, Lawrence Keim and June Fate, both of Old Fort, Robert Keim of Clyde, Richard Keim of Tiffin, Carol Harrah of Avon Lake, Peggy Boroff of Marysville and Sharon Warner of Northwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cynthia White; and sister, Marjorie Rathburn.
A graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Pleasant Union Cemetery, with Pastor Betty Wineland officiating. Friends and family will be received from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the chapel at the cemetery.
Contributions in John's memory may be made to The Angel Tree or Make a Wish.
To send online condolences, visit www.hermankinn.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Fremont.