Claren D. Keithley, 78

Claren D. Keithley, 78, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 at his home in Brandon, S.D., surrounded by his beloved family. Memorial visitation will be Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet relatives and friends from 4-6 p.m. Memorial services with burial will be held at a later date in Auburn, Neb. Please direct memorials to the Brandon Volunteer Fire Department.  

Claren David Keithley was born Dec. 6, 1941 to Clyde and Hazel (Armstrong) Keithley in Peru, Neb. The family were farmers until the late 1950’s. Claren grew up in Nemaha, Neb., through his sophomore year. He graduated from Auburn Nebraska High School in 1960. He married Pamela Reid on July 14, 1961, and later moved to Lincoln, Neb., where he attended Lincoln School of Commerce and received his accounting degree. Claren began working for Nash Finch, a wholesale grocery company, in November 1963 in Hastings, Neb. After three and a half years they were relocated to Hutchinson, Kan., for 10 years, where he was needed to help get ready for the closing of Nash Finch grocery branch there. He was then transferred to Aberdeen, S.D., for 10 years and then to Rapid City, S.D., where he worked for 13 years until his retirement in 1999. To be closer to his children and grandchildren, he then moved to Brandon, S.D., in 2009 where he resided until his death. 

Claren loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, golfing, camping, boating, fishing (loved catching walleye) and travelling. But most importantly he enjoyed spending time with his family whom he cherished.  

Grateful for having share his life are his wife, Pam Keithley of Brandon; son, David Keithley and his wife, Marcy of Mankato, Minn.; daughter, Sherri Fisher and her husband, Jeff of Lakeville, Minn.; grandchildren, MacKenzie Keithley, Savannah Keithley, Bailey Fisher, Chloe Fisher; great-granddaughter, Scarlett Wolff; one sister, Shirley Ledbetter of Bossier City, La.; and a host of additional relatives and friends.  

Claren was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Hazel (Armstrong) Keithley; brother, Darrel Keithley.  

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