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KRESGE, Keith Barnum

KRESGE, Keith Barnum

KRESGE - Keith Barnum Went to join the saints on July 23, 2016. Keith was the eldest son of Harry and Libbie (Barnum) Kresge. Born in Mill City, PA on December 27, 1921, he worked on the family farm. Shortly after graduating from Dallas Township High School, Keith married the love of his life, Doris Marion Schoonover, on January 2, 1942 in Center Moreland, PA. Keith and Doris were married for 67 years. Doris passed away September 20, 2009. Keith was also preceded in death by sisters Ruth Kocher, Ida Mae Vankos and brothers Louis and Arland Kresge. Surviving Keith are two sisters Clara Rezash of Dayton, OH and Emily Peters of Tonawanda, NY and his children: Diane Barney of Bluffton, IN, Gerald Kresge and wife Carol of Hamburg, NY, Nancy Goff of Roaring Spring, PA, Ronald Kresge and wife Marie of Tonawanda, Patricia Baran of Tonawanda and Cathy Ross and husband Jeffrey of Jacksonville, FL; his 11 grandchildren: Lynne Niermeyer and husband Michael, Paul Barney and wife Kimberly, Michael Goff, Jeff Kresge and wife Beth, Barbara Vaughan and husband Kevin, Mark Kresge, Patti Ann Vynanek and husband Chris, Amanda Baran and husband Julian Amador, Keith F. Kresge and wife Courtney, Jessica Starkey and husband Gary, and Kevin Baran. There are also 13 great-grandchildren. Keith worked several jobs: at a hospital in Binghamton, NY, a Sunoco Gas Station in Tonawanda, AM&As Department Store in Buffalo, NY, but his career employment was with the Greyhound Bus Lines as a driver. He drove local runs to Rochester and Cleveland, as well as charter trips to Nova Scotia and the Grand Canyon. "Poppie," as he was known to family and friends, loved to travel. He and Doris wintered in North Fort Myers, FL for several years. They made trips around the country to visit family and friends in Michigan, Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin, California, Florida, Ohio, Minnesota, Colorado and Pennsylvania. "Poppie," through the years, loved bowling, biking, Bingo, jigsaw puzzles and the Buffalo News daily word puzzles. He loved when the kids came to visit and knew he would get to play games, especially "Hand and Foot." Keith was a member of the Church of the Nativity United Church of Christ, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14223. He especially loved the visits from the Church ladies who came to give him Holy Communion. Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 and 6-9 PM at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC. FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave., where Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11 AM. Rev. Ruth Snyder of the Church of the Nativity United Church of Christ officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Nativity UCC or James V. Ryan Paramedics Foundation.

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