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Keith Romann

April 27, 1949 ~ May 24, 2018 (age 69)

Keith LeRoy Romann was born April 27, 1949 in Perham, MN to Phyllis Alene Romann (Walkington) and Kenneth Lloyd Romann.  Keith grew up on a farm and developed a love for the outdoors.  Keith was active in school with football, band, FFA and 4-H.  He was proud to play his tenor saxophone in the national FFA band and be selected for an international band camp.  He graduated from New York Mills high school in 1968.  Keith continued his education at Staples Technical College for machinist tool and die and later for drafting. 

His greatest joy was being married to his wife, Betty Romann (Hofland) and his three children and four grandchildren.   Keith and Betty were married December 14, 1973.  He taught his children a love of nature and agriculture.  Keith and Betty had a small hobby farm. They also had a large garden from which he sold produce to local stores and restaurants.  Keith was a highly active parent in PTA, 4-H and the marching band. He loved helping his children with 4-H projects and animals.  Keith continued his legacy by giving his grandchildren the love of fishing and hunting.

Keith enjoyed many hobbies including deer hunting, fishing, family camping, state fair trips, gardening, and stopping at garage sales and auctions.  Keith was active in many types of sales positions winning awards and trips. In the most recent years Keith and Betty have had an inside booth at the Wadena Flea Market.  He had a knack and love for sales and people.

Preceding him in death are both parents Kenneth and Phyllis Romann, and his brother Larry Romann.

Keith leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Betty Romann, two daughters: Patricia Gelling (Husband, Kenneth Gelling), Valerie Ann Velde (Husband, Nicholas Velde), and one son, Kevin Romann.  Keith has four grandchildren, Hunter Gelling and James, Samuel and Victoria Velde; Brother, David Romann (Wife, Cheryl Romann); Sister, Kathryn Fresonke (Husband, Paul Fresonke); many other relatives and a host of friends.

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