Keith R. Markham
October 3, 1961 ~ June 11, 2022
Keith R. Markham, age 60, of Gig Harbor, WA, formerly of Osage, IA, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away peacefully on June 11, 2022 after an eight month battle with cancer. Keith's memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Chapel Hill Church in Gig Harbor. This service will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend. Our family is also planning a Celebration of Life in Osage, IA, during the first weekend of October. Keith was a Christian who knew his Savior, Jesus Christ and believed that God is in control of all things. Our family is heartbroken and will miss him very much. However, we look forward to the day when we will all be together again. John 3:16 Keith was born on October 3, 1961 in Osage, Iowa to Glenn and Shirley (Duenow) Markham as the youngest of 9 children. He married his high school sweetheart, Jessica Roemig on May 21, 1983. They enjoyed a loving, joy-filled marriage of 39 years and were blessed with four wonderful children and three beautiful grandchildren. Keith became a salesman for a printing business where he touched the lives of many. In 1999, the family moved to Gig Harbor, WA. Keith continued to work in the printing industry, traveling across the West Coast region for 20+ years. He later became a commercial truck driver which allowed him to continue his love of travel and form many more meaningful friendships. Growing up in the Midwest, Keith developed a love for nature, family and good food. He also had a passion for music, which he enjoyed discussing with friends and sharing with his children. Keith loved his family deeply, enjoyed sharing laughs with friends, and could make friends with just about anyone. He was known for his keen sense of humor, kindness toward others and his infectious belly laugh. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jessica Markham; his four children, Joseph (Cassie) Markham, Ryan (Kayla) Markham, Samantha Markham and Jenna Markham; three grandchildren, Dylan, Noah and Cooper; his siblings, Janice (John) Dempsey, Joan Blake, Patricia (Roger) Karau, Ronald (Kristine) Markham, Richard (Marjorie) Markham and Robert (Kathleen) Markham; sister-in-law, Elaine “Dolly” Markham; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Glenn and Shirley (Duenow) Markham, and his siblings William Markham and Barbara Markham.