March 28, 2014


Richard "Keith" Kelderman, 76, of Manning, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at United Methodist Church in Manning with the Rev. Angie Loomis officiating. Honorary bearers will be his grandchildren

Katie Kelderman, Keri Kelderman, Caleb Kelderman, Madelynn Kelderman and Isabel Kelderman. Music will be "I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry," "Hymn of Promise" and "Amazing Grace" by the congregation and accompanist Janet Myer. Burial will be at a later date at Manning Cemetery in Manning.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the church. Visitation will resume at the church at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Keith, son of Bill and Kathryn (Glover) Kelderman, was born Aug. 12, 1937, in Knoxville, Iowa. He attended rural school in Marion County and then graduated from Knoxville High School in 1955. Two years later Keith and his brother Ted enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. Keith was stationed in Hawaii and New York. He was out at sea months at a time and also served as a recruiter and in security. He was honorably discharged in 1967.

Keith returned to Knoxville and met his future wife there. He and Sharon Schrum married on Aug. 14, 1962, at the Methodist Church in Indianola. They moved to Manning, where Sharon needed to fulfill her nursing scholarship obligation at Manning Hospital. After two years they decided Manning was a good place to settle and raise a family. Two sons were born to this union.

Keith worked for the Manning Municipal Gas Utility, at the State of Iowa liquor store and then at First National Bank. He left the bank in the early 1990s when he started selling cars, first in Carroll and then in Manning. During his retirement he helped out at Ohde Funeral Home. It seemed that Keith knew someone wherever he was working and thoroughly enjoyed visiting.

Keith was very active in the community. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was elected founding president of the Manning Jaycees and was a member of Rotary. Keith served as a director of Manning Community Schools, Municipal Gas Board and Manning Cable (MMCTSU) Board. He was an avid sports fan and supported all the local schools and university teams. He spent basketball tournament week in Des Moines many times. For 35 years he was a member of the local football "chain gang." He and Sharon enjoyed many trips over the years.

Keith suffered his first heart attack in 1985 and suffered heart problems for the rest of his life.

Keith is survived by his wife Sharon Kelderman of Manning; two sons Brian (Kristy) Kelderman of Gainesville, Fla., and Eric (Stacy) Kelderman of Lee's Summit, Mo.; five grandchildren; sister Marjorie (Johnny) Johnson of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; brother Larry "Towhead" (Bonnie) Swayne of Monroe, Iowa; sisters-in-law Judie Kelderman of Knoxville and Beverly Politte of Potosi, Mo.; Sharon's siblings Stanley Schrum of Manning, Steve (Marilyn) Schrum of Nevada, Sue (Dave) Rauch of Manning, Sandy (Dale) Moeller of Leon, Skip (Coleen) Schrum of Dakota Dunes, S.D., and Sheila Schrum of Des Moines; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers Billy Kelderman and Ted Kelderman.