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Obituary for  Keith Duane Winchester      

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 Keith Duane Winchester      

June 6, 1928 - September 19, 2016

Keith Duane Winchester (Mr. Wonderful) passed away Monday, September 19, 2016.  He was born on June 6, 1928 in Rigby, Idaho to Melvin James Winchester and Ida Grace Lee Winchester. He married Marie Bybee June 2, 1950.  Their marriage was sealed through the eternities on June 1, 1951.


Dad joined the Navy his junior year of high school and served in Japan.  After the war ended, he returned and graduated in 1946.  He loved the phone company, starting his career in Idaho and later moving to Utah.  He provided tremendous care for his beautiful wife for so many years.  He was a wonderful father and “grandpa grape” to his great grandchildren.


He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many positions and callings.  Dad was a very talented carpenter and built his own home.  He was a perfectionist in everything he did.  He loved to sing and dance and acted in many plays.  He was fun loving and loved people.  When asked how he was feeling his answer was always, “With my hands.” He will be missed.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; two sons, Brad Duane and Paul Dean; and daughter-in-law, Wendy.


He is survived by his son Kelly (Janine); daughter Luann (Ken Kennington; daughter-in law, Sandra; 12 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.


A Viewing will be held Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 – 36th St., Ogden, UT.  Funeral Services will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Pleasant Valley 4th Ward (5640 S. 850 E. Ogden, UT) at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. that morning at the church.


Interment at Ben Lomond Cemetery.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 9:30 to 10:30 AM


Service Information

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

5640 S. 850 E. Ogden, UT



Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

Ben Lomond Cemetery


526 E 2850 N, , North Ogden, UT,

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Born: June 6, 1928
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Dennis & Juleen Moss posted on 9/23/16

Dear Luann and family, We want to express our love to you on the passing of your dad. We know that he is happy and having a wonderful reunion with your mom. You will truly miss him and your special memories will help you through those times. He always seemed to have a smile and a great sense of humor. I was thinking about the good old Harrisville 1st ward days and your dad was always involved in the plays and other ward activities. He and your mom were such a cute couple. He is a great dad and a good example. Luann you were so good to him and I know he appreciates all you and Kendall have done to help him. May your hearts be comforted. Love Dennis & Juleen Moss


Nicole Thompson posted on 9/23/16

Dear Winchester Family, I am so thankful to have known Grandpa Winchester. He was the type of person who always made me feel so great about myself, and could shine sunshine on things that were hard. My first memories of him are just through the eyes of a little girl who had no grandpa. He seemed like the most amazing person ever. I didn't know grandpas could rollerblade. I was very impressed, and realized then he was seriously one of the most fun people I'd ever met! Then when I went to his home I was amazed. It seemed like the best place ever. The dress up box, trampoline, huge yard to catch water skeeters in. It was all kind of like something from a fantasy to me. I think Grandpa Winchester could do anything I remember him building closet organizers for us (in our low income apartments LOL) and a built in desk. I now wonder if he thought my mom was nuts for having him do this. He probably never was even concerned about it because he was just that great. I would have been annoyed thinking why do you want me to do all of this work in the place that's not even yours. He just seemed happy to help. I learned many a game dirty is one that I'm wanting to get now, but as I remember he made the bored for me. I thought it was so cool he would play games with us. I loved playing games, and still do... especially a little hand and foot. Grandpa Winchester always treated me like family. Making me feel special and loved. He truly has been an example of unconditional love and faith. I am amazed at how positive and happy he always was. As I watched him go through hard things he handled them with grace. I know after Marie passed away I had this strong impression I needed to call him each Sunday. So, I did for a long time and I will always treasure the conversations, advice and memories shared. He would always fill me in on the family and listen to what was going on in my life. He was such an example to me of someone who even as he aged who wanted you to know you were special especially on your special occasions. I want to make sure in life I do the same. The fact that he made the effort to remember my birthday and all of my families amazes me. There was always a card, and it made each of us feel so special. The fact that it was never forgotten made me feel like I mattered, and I knew he cared. I want to share this example in my own life. To allow others to feel such love. I am sure I will always think of him on these occasions for the rest of my life and on those days I will feel sad because I will miss him. The good kind of sad "because I knew him I have been changed for the better .. . and I know I'm who I am today because I knew him."- wicked musical (from the song for good) The last time I visited with him in person he was funny. He had the best laugh.I was maybe even a little embarrassed. I had been married for a while, and he had saved my wedding invitation photo. He showed me the photo, and had it posted on the fridge. He had the photo laying horizontal instead of upright, and it looked like my husband Tim was laying on top of me. I laughed an awkward laugh wondering why I had selected this choice of a photo, and have laughed ever since because he seemed to really get a kick out of the photo. I want you to know how much I loved Grandpa Winchester. How much he will be missed. I think of the day I was going through the Sacramento temple and his brother pulled me through the veil. I had never met his brother before, and it looked like grandpa Winchester. I was surprised, and knew they must be related because they look exactly a like. So, for now I will look forward to the day when I can give him a big hug on the other side of the veil. Sending Love & Hugs! Love,


Kan Plasai posted on 9/22/16

Beloved Dad, I love you. You will always be my wonderful Dad. Thank you for everything. See you in heaven, RIP.


Kanjanaporn posted on 9/22/16

To my beloved wonderful and best Dad, I love you and miss you. You will always be my Dad. I know that we shall meet again some day in heaven. Because you have prayed for me, the Lord bless and keep me as missionary since 2001. Thank you so much for everything. My most respect and forever love, RIP. Your 1st daughter-in-law