Keith LaVerne Anthony, 82, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at Plum Creek Care Center in Lexington, Nebraska.
He was born to Charles Mathias Anthony and Leona Faye Barrett Anthony on May 24, 1928, in Cozad, Nebraska. They moved to the Anthony family farm north of Lexington when he was three. He was confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church and was a lifelong member. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1947.
He was inducted into the United States Army on December 6, 1950, served in Korea as a sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps and was honorably discharged on November 23, 1952.
Keith married Delphine Leilla Bick on June 20, 1954, at the Methodist church in Farnam, Nebraska. Two sons were blessed to this union, Scott L. Anthony and Thomas C. Anthony.
He worked at the Ford Garage and then as a chemist for the National Alfalfa Company of Lexington. They moved to the Anthony family farm in 1959. He farmed and ran Keith's Farm Shop until his retirement. They received the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award in 2002.
Keith served in the Civil Air Patrol, was a member of the Lexington Jaycees, was a Trustee of First Presbyterian Church and served on many committees including the Agriculture Stabilization Committee Service. He served on District 7 school board, on Mount Hope and Hewitt Cemetery boards and on the Dawson County Historical Society board where he served as president. The couple were lifetime members of the Dawson County Historical Society and of the Golden Rod Antique Car Club, a supper club, and a pinochle club. Keith enjoyed his family, friends, and was happy being close to nature on the farm and working on antique cars.
Survivors include his wife Delphine Anthony of Lexington, Nebraska. Sons: Scott (Jo) Anthony of Sacramento, California, Thomas (Tina) Anthony of Chandler, Arizona, Grandchildren: Thomas C. II and Kira Anthony of Seward, NE, Andrew (Andrea) Anthony of Chandler, Arizona. Three Sisters: Patricia (Floyd) Beans and Kathleen (Verl) Hatch both of Chandler, Arizona, Charlaine "Toni" Mays of Hastings, Nebraska, Sister-in-law: Ardyce Bick of Moorefield, Nebraska. He was also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Harold Bick and Robert Mays.
A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Reverend Caroline Vickery officiating.
Inurnment will be held prior to the Memorial Service at Hewitt Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested, in lieu of flowers, to the Dawson County Historical Society, the First Presbyterian Church or the Donor's Choice.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is In charge of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.