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James Keyes

Sept. 11, 1936-Dec. 10, 2012

December 13, 2012
Minot Daily News

James "Jim" Keyes, 76, Minot, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

James Allen Keyes was born Sept. 11, 1936, the son of James and Rose (Knight) Keyes, in Minot. He was raised and educated in Minot, attending Minot High School until joining the Navy in 1954. He proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1957.

James married Joyce Volk, of Drake, on July 11, 1959. They made their home in Minot, where they owned and operated The Pantry Cafe from 1961 until 1964. James started his employment with the Minot Public Schools in 1972, retiring in 2003.

He was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid storyteller. He enjoyed walking at the Minot State University Dome for many years and enjoyed working around his yard.

His loving family includes: wife of 53 years, Joyce; children, Terry (Mary) Keyes, of Rice Lake, Kim (Marvin) Walhood, of Max, Brian (Rose) Keyes, of Minot, and Karen (Bill) Fleming, of Minot; grandchildren, Tiffany (Jason) Drago, Chris (Alysha) Keyes, Amanda Walhood, Lane Walhood, Kassie Keyes, Kayla Keyes, Taylor Keyes, Presley Keyes, Tristan Keyes, Blaine Fleming and Lindsey Fleming; great-grandchildren, Anna Drago, Grady Keyes, Ellie Mae Hoffman, Vanessa Rose Walhood-Edwards and Bailey Keyes; brother, Ronald (CeCe) Keyes, and sisters, JoAnn (Milton) Gulbranson and LaVonne Gavett; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

James was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Sharon Kihlstrom.

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., in Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot.

Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Vigil prayer service: Was Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

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