Western Slope Obituaries 12-21-09
Keith Harry Paris, 91, of Grand Junction, Colo., passed away December 13, 2009 surrounded by family at Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
Keith was born in Wray, Colo. He served as a Navy Fireman 1st Class on the USS President Jackson throughout World War II. He married Mary Hazel Ball of Mesa, Colo. on November 3, 1944 and spent over 30 years as a mechanic with Union Carbide in Grand Junction, Colo. He was passionate about family, children, friends and animals. Integrity, kindness and a quiet strength were his character and he could always be found with a ready smile and a fun-loving spirit that he passed on to his sons. He loved the outdoors and until the years took the strength in his legs, he could always be found “tinkering” in his shed, fixing a broken toy or helping a neighbor in need.
He is survived by sons and daughters, Don and Pam Paris of Grand Junction, Colo.; Rich and Pauline Paris of Cedaredge, Colo., and Jack Paris of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandsons and granddaughters, Ryan and Lori Paris of Denver, Colo.; Lisa Paris of Fruita, Colo.; Jeff and Brenna Paris Grand Junction, Colo.; Lindsay and Alex Maurer of Fruita, Colo.; Andrea and Chip Knapp of Lawrence, Kan.; Michelle (Micki) Phillips and Mike Layden of Kailua, HI; Trevor and Annette Green of Rawlins, Wyo., and Vaughn Green of Grand Junction, Colo; five great granddaughters and two great grandsons; sisters, Ailene Davis, Vivian Toogood, Dorothy Crocker all of Grand Junction, Colo. and Betty Franz of Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as many treasured nieces, nephews and other extended family.
He was preceded in death by Mary, his beloved wife of 62 years. What a wonderful reunion that will be!
Services were held December 17, 2009 at Callahan-Edfast, 2515 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, Colo.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
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