Keith S. Wilson, of Antigo, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at his home under the care of his family and LeRoyer Hospice. He was 91 years old.

He was born on March 19, 1930, in the town of Harrison, a son of John and Esther (Riemer) Wilson.

He married Lorraine Hitt on Sept. 4, 1954, at Sanborn Lutheran Church in the town of Norwood.

Keith served in the United States Army as a combat engineer in Korea from 1952-54. In 1959 he moved to the town of Rolling and worked for Tatro Construction.

In 1962, he began his over 30-year career as a heavy equipment operator for the Langlade County Highway Department. Following his retirement, he worked part time for Krueger and Stienfest, Stibbe Construction and Kautza Excavating.

Keith served on the Rolling Town Board for many years. He served as sexton for the Hall Pioneer and Elmhurst Cemeteries, both in the town of Rolling.

He was a member of the Divne-Menting American Legion Post 525, Phlox, having served as past commander and chaplain. A devoted Langlade County 4-H leader, Keith, volunteered as a leader of the Strassburg Ever-Ready 4-H Club for more than 50 years. He served on the Langlade County Fair Board, FFA Alumni, and was instrumental in starting the farm animal sale at the fair. Passionate about teaching farm safety, Keith delivered his safety message to thousands of youths and their families. He was instrumental in starting the first farm safety day camp in Langlade County. In 2021 he was recognized by the Langlade County Farm Bureau for 28 years of advocating farm safety. He was also a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Mattoon where he served as an elder.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Lorraine; two daughters, Cynthia Lou Wilson and friend Mike Leitterman of Antigo and Polly (Patrick) Sharpe of Waunakee; two sons, David (Pam) Wilson and Todd Wilson, both of Antigo; eight grandchildren, Nicholas (Joan) Welch, Heidi (Dustin) Kraege, Benjamin (Jennifer) Welch, Craig Welch, Simon (Tara) Welch, Michaela Wilson, Lily Sharpe and Anna Sharpe; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, LaVerne Siejkowski of Texas and Joyce Behreandt of Birnamwood; and a sister-in-law, Theresa Wilson of Reedsburg.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Jeanette Ackerman, Lorraine Rosio, Alice Fischer Helen Wysocki and sister in infancy, Verna; and brothers, Allen, Donald and Albert.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Mattoon with Rev. Matthew Christians officiating. Graveside service with military honors will be take place at Elmhurst Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home and Thursday from 9-10 a.m. at the church.

Antigo and Phlox veterans will stand honor guard on Wednesday at the funeral home at 6 p.m.

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