Keith R. Markham

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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 โ€œDollyโ€ 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.

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  1. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Markham family ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’”
    So many memories of Keith, especially growing up and being a part of our household!!

  2. so sorry for your loss. my heartfelt prayers are with ya’ll. May Keith Rest In Peace.๐Ÿ™โ˜ฎโœ๐Ÿ’

  3. thinking of the Markham Families-especially Ron and Kristine and all who knew Keith. Cherish your memories and keep Keith alive in your hearts always.

  4. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – New Hampton

  5. You know how when you’re at a large gathering or a family reunion there’s that special someone who breaks the ice by introducing you to fellow workers or 2nd cousins, Keith was that in spades. Keith had that warm personality that is somewhat rare. Judy and I will miss him. RIP dear cousin Keith. Tom and Judy Duenow

  6. Ron and Kris and Markham Families, our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of your youngest sibling. It is not as hard knowing that he is with his Lord and Savior and the pain and suffering is gone. May God give you all strength and comfort!

  7. Jess,kids and the entire Markham family I want you to know there are so many people thinking of you in these difficult timesโ€ฆI could right a book sharing Keith stories. From riding bikes around Osage as little kids to going into the kitchen at the Plaza Cafe and getting a plate of mashed potatoes and gravy from Shirley and even your skills at making my fake ID when you were at ISU. So thankful you were the one to keep myself and our group text part of your life these last many years. Iโ€™ll miss the reminiscing about the Vikings of our youth and your love of music. Miss you brother. Ed Schoenborn

  8. Lets plant these trees as a generational memory to Keith. Most people wont know the significance of the trees. But we will!

  9. No words can do justice to say how much we loved Keith. He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He will not be forgotten. God bless you all


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