Keith Jongeward

Sept. 20, 1925-April 20, 2021

Keith W. Jongeward, 95,

entered eternal rest on

Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Loving son of the late

Cyrene R. and Ruby A.

(Nupen) Jongeward.

Beloved husband of the

late Joyce Jongeward for

65 years. Loving father of

Dr. Sandra Jongeward and

Candace (Terry) Schmidt;

loving grandfather of

Christina (Kurtis) Rohlf;

dear brother of Joan Bietz.

Keith is preceded in death

by his sister Josephine

Wise and two brothers,

Cyrene and Darrell Jonge-

ward. Cherished cousin,

uncle, and friend to many.

Keith will be dearly

missed by all who knew

and loved him.

Keith was born Sep-

tember 20, 1925 in Litch-

ville, ND. He graduated

from high school in Gales-

burg, ND in 1943 and en-

listed in the Navy. Keith

married his sweetheart,

Joyce, in 1945. He got his

BSBA degree from

Northwestern University

in 1946, and the

whirlwind life of travel in

the military began with

lots of bridge playing in-


CDR Jongeward proudly

and honorably served his

country in the United

States Navy during World

II, Korea, and Vietnam.

He received a Master in

Financial Management

from George Washington

University in 1962 and re-

tired from the United

States Navy in 1965 after

twenty-three years of ser-

vice. After retiring from

the military, he worked in

Illinois as a purchasing

manager at Fiat Allis

(Allis Chalmers) in Carol

Stream, Springfield, and

Deerfield until he retired

a second time in 1982.

Keith was a member of

the military organizations

Veterans of Foreign Wars,

Retired Officers Associa-

tion, and US Naval Insti-

tute and many bridge


Keith and Joyce moved

to Chatham in 1972, and

he lived there for 45 years

developing many close

friendships with wonder-

ful people. Keith provided

his beautiful wife, Joyce,

with care, love, and sup-

port during her battle

with Alzheimer’s until

she preceded him in

death in 2010.

The graveside service

for Keith will be held in

Minot, ND at Rosehill

Memorial Park Cemetery

on Saturday, May 8, 2021

at 11 am.

Donations in lieu of

flowers can be made to

Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s

research, APDA, or Toys

for Tots.