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Keith D. Arasmith

Keith was born January 8, 1921, in Broken Bow, Neb., and passed away November 24, 2011, at Three Fountains, in Medford, Ore.

As a young man, Keith lived in Iliff, Colo., and Sandpoint, Idaho. He later moved to Washington State, where he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. There he learned the skill of operating heavy equipment while serving at Mt. McKinley, in Alaska. In 1939, he was honorably discharged from the C.C.C.

On July 25, 1940, he enlisted in the Army and served at Fort Lewis before being sent to the Aleutian Islands, where he was attached to the 802nd Aviation Engineers, and became supervisor of heavy equipment, building runways. He was then transferred to the South Pacific and was there until the war ended and he was honorably discharged in October 1945.

Keith returned to Portland, Ore., where he and his brother opened Speedway Garage and Body Shop. Keith and his brother, Stan, then went to California to work in the redwoods, where they later had a small portable mill.

In 1958, he moved to Gold Hill, Ore., and returned to construction and worked for the City of Medford. In 1974, Keith and his wife, Alice, purchased Ginn's Flowers and Gifts, in Medford, Ore., and opened Ginn's Phoenix Florist. They then started the Ara School of Floral Design in Medford and Eugene, Ore.

Keith was a man of many talents and had a great love of the outdoors. His hobbies in his younger years included flying his own airplane and riding his motorcycle. Keith also enjoyed art, writing, restoring split bamboo fly rods, tying flies, and fly-fishing.

On June 18, 1949, in Portland, Ore., he married Alice Augusta Foley, who survives. Other survivors include his brother, Stanley D. Arasmith; of Rome, Ga.; two sons, Keith D. Arasmith Jr., of Scappoose, Ore., and Tracy Ed Arasmith, of Montague, Calif.; daughter, Brinda K. Ara-Austin, of Eugene, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ed Arasmith, of Portland; mother, Stasha Deitz, of Gold Hill; one brother, Lavelle "Ace" Arasmith, of Gold Hill; one daughter, Linda L. Arasmith, of Eugene; and grandson, Eddie Arasmith, of St. Helens, Ore.

A military memorial service will be held Saturday, December 10, 2011, 11:00 a.m., at the Conger-Morris Central Point Chapel. Officiating will be Army Chaplain Col. David Campbell, retired. Internment will be at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are by Conger-Morris Central Point Chapel, 541-664-3361.