Keith Charles Cundiff
Keith Charles Cundiff, age 92 of Collinsville, IL born February 29, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:10 p.m. at his residence.
He retired after working over 50 years as a North Plant Crane Operator for Granite City (National) Steel, and was proprietor of Cundiff Refrigeration. He grew up during the Great Depression, so, learned to fix everything himself, always keeping a project going at home. He loved to tinker and wheel and deal to get a bargain. Drafted into the United States Army during World War II, he drove a halftrack all over Europe with a few of soldiers that were also musicians, whom each carried their instrument along with their gear, even into the Battle of the Bulge and D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach. After the war he took the GED test, passing without any study literature, as none was supplied at the time, to get his High School equivalency diploma. He prided himself in his driving skills. Borrowing a truck from a friend, he studied and received his CDL license to drive a triple trailer 18-wheeler with hazardous waste well into his retirement years. He knew no strangers. He had a special affection for animals. A man of few words, he was always quick with humor, easy-going, and kept a positive attitude. He was baptized by his great-nephew, an ordained Lutheran minister. He attended Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville, IL. A shared memory was of seeing his great grandfather (who served as a Union solder in the Civil War at the Battle of Antietam). Longevity was in his genes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Mildred nee Wakefield Cundiff; two sisters, Rosalyn Cundiff and Evelyn Dotson; a brother, Donald Cundiff; and a son, Dale Lee Cundiff.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Kathryn Cundiff; one daughter, Phyllis (James) McLane of Lumberton, TX; a grandson, Robbie (Rebekah) McLane of Warner Robbins, GA; brother-in-law, James (Barbara) Robinson of Lilbourn, MO; numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, IL under the direction of Barry Wilson Funeral Home with Father Joseph Havrilka officiating, and full military honors.
Memorial donations may be made to charity of donor’s choice, and can be mailed to the funeral home.
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