Keith Lawrence

June 27, 2018

April 6, 1929 – June 3, 2018

Keith Lawrence, age 89 of Tyler, formerly of Brookings, South Dakota, died Sunday, June 3 at Ave­ra Sunrise Nursing Home in Tyler.
Graveside service will be Thursday, June 28, 11 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Jo­hansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line registry may be found at www.hartquistfu­
Keith Courtney Law­rence was born April 6, 1929 to Merle and Esther (Utoft) Lawrence in Wor­thington. He was raised in St. Paul until 1943, when he transferred to Tyler, graduating from Tyler High School in 1947. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and served his coun­try nine years before be­ing honorably discharged in 1957. He entered South Dakota State College in 1957 and graduated in 1962. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for three years before attending the University School of Busi­ness and Finance for two years. He then worked as an accountant for the City of Minneapolis.
On June 1, 1979 Keith married Therese Stern in St. Louis Park. While Keith worked in downtown Min­neapolis, Therese worked as the director of a neigh­borhood services organi­zation in North Minneapo­lis. They also had friends in the Highland Park section of St. Paul, with whom they frequently visited. During their stay in St. Louis Park they took trips to Fort Lau­derdale, Florida to try out the temperatures and look at properties around the area. When they were sure this would be a warmer place to live, they sold their house and moved to Hol­lywood, Florida in 1988, purchasing a property in the Lakes of Emerald Hills section.
Keith and Therese par­ticipated in all the activi­ties that Hollywood had to offer. First was the bridge club they joined, starting as beginners and work­ing their way up to inter­mediate. Second was the Gourmet Club, where you would host a dinner with six other members, with the dinner chosen by a master chef. As there were 50 members, the dinners rotated to a different host­ess each month. Third, they served as poll work­ers for 15 years. Fourth, they campaigned for can­didates. Hollywood had many seafood restaurants which they enjoyed.
In 2013 Keith moved back to Brookings, South Dakota, eventually settling in Tyler. On Sunday, June 3, Keith died at Avera Sun­rise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler at the age of 89.
Keith is remembered by his children, Richard of New York City, William of San Francisco, Caifornia, and Tamara of Gaines­ville, Florida; five grand­children— Josaphina, Erica, Isabel, Emma and Madeline; brother-in-law David Billman; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Therese, his sister Patricia Billman, and his parents.