Keith Reasoner, 90, of Hamilton, Virginia, formerly of Wahiawa, Hawaii, and Murray, died Monday, April 23, 2018, in Palm Bay, Florida.
Graveside services were 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Lakeview Cemetery followed by memorial services at 10:30 a.m. at Harmony Methodist Church in Hamilton, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to further the advances of research to cure Alzheimer’s. Online condolences may be left at www.hallfh.com.
Keith was born July 23, 1927. He graduated from Murray High School. He joined the Navy and served on USS Mount Olympus during WWII, while his brother Olin was a POW captured by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his completion of military service in ‘48, he returned to the farm in Iowa and accepted a job working as a lineman on the railroad, eventually working for Western Union. Although he retired from the Loudoun County school board as a construction manager, he also retired from Western Union after 30 years. His positions covered everything from a lineman in Wichita in the ‘50s to director of overseas communication in the ‘80s. During that time he moved his family from Kansas to Georgia, Tennessee, Japan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, California, Ohio, Hawaii, Maryland, and finally, Virginia in ‘76.
Keith was a self-taught master carpenter and made furniture, cabinets and artwork from trees. Even though he may never have had a formal education past high school, he was a scholar at life. He actually taught classes at the local community college in refrigeration, air conditioning and electronics, having learned the material after completing a years-long correspondence course.
He was the former mayor and councilman for the town of Hamilton, Virginia. He was a Paul Harris fellow and past president of two Rotary clubs, and helped charter the Purcellville club in 1984. He was a Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster.
Keith is survived by his children, Joseph Gregory and Susan Marie; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers; John and Don; sister-in-law Delores; 14 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and -nephews.
Keith was preceded in death by his wife Donna Lee and son David Lynn.