Dateline- Guymon, OK
Gerald Leon Keimig, 89, of Guymon, OK passed away on April 15, 2020 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home, Hugoton, KS.
Gerald was born to George W. and Katie (Cornelius) Keimig on November 10, 1930 on the farm home place, SE of Isabel, Kansas. He was the youngest of seven children; Elmer, Edmund, Clara, Dale, Kenneth, and Esther.
He attended the Eldred one room rural schoolhouse in his elementary years and later Isabel high school, graduating with the class of 1948. His family lived through the depression.
In the late 1940’s & early 1950’s, Gerald worked in Medicine Lodge (4 years) and Pratt (6years) in paint and body work and also served in the National Guard and Reserves 1954-1958. Gerald married Vlasta M. Wirick November 6, 1955 at the rural Fairview Christian Church. To this family two children were born, Derryla and James. The family lived in Medicine Lodge and then moved to Kiowa.
Gerald and Vlasta began his harvesting business in 1956, harvesting wheat and a variety of grain from Texas to Canada and then later moved his family to Guymon, Oklahoma. He loved working in the wheat fields and in the elements of God’s Creation, meeting people and traveling the country. Numerous nephews worked for him in those harvesting years. One of those sunny harvest days in August 1973, forever changed his life with a harvesting accident. Though he became a paraplegic that day, and endured years of suffering pain, family never heard him blame, curse or deny God for his circumstances of life. He always welcomed prayer and agreed with an “Amen”. He walked though Dr’s told him he wouldn’t and was able to harvest a few more years, even to California. One last “harvest ‘ life highlight was when arrangements were made with nephew Mike and his hired help basically lifted Gerald up the ladder to the cab and he was able to experience 21st century, new and modern technology in combines. He was in awe! And talked about it for weeks.
Gerald also “loved” and “lived” to go to his son, James’ Paint & Body shop; to help out where he was able and teach and share what his own paint and body experiences had given him. Many father-son life experiences were shaped together through the years.
In 2016 Gerald moved to Hugoton, Kansas Pioneer Manor which greatly improved the quality of his life…from solitary living to a different “family community”. God’s Faithfulness shines brightly through this last chapter of Gerald’s life.
Beloved wife, Vlasta Keimig preceded him in death in May 1977 and Gerald is additionally preceded in death by his siblings Elmer Keimig, Edmund Keimig, Clara Keimig Keas, Dale Keimig, Kenneth Keimig, and Esther Keimig Burkett.
His children survive him, Derryla Keimig Stedje, husband Steve Stedje of Oslo/Gruver, Texas and James Edwin Keimig, wife Roz of Guymon, Oklahoma. He was the proud Grandfather of 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
Lauree Beth Stedje Marshall, husband Phillip and Great Grandson Tobias of Yukon, OK, Brianne Stedje LaDeaux, husband Jason of Reno, Nevada, Zane Keimig of Guymon, Oklahoma, Kati Keimig of Amarillo, Texas, Kaden Keimig of Guymon, Oklahoma.
In addition to being survived by his children and grandchildren Gerald is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held on Monday, April 20, 2020 at Manchester Cemetery, Manchester, Oklahoma.