Born:January 12, 1939

Passed Away:February 4, 2014

Location:Mesa, Arizona

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Howard L. Keyes

Brother Howard Lee Keyes was born to William D. Keyes, Jr. and Pauline B. Keyes on January 12, 1939 in Bridgeport, CT.  He was raised up on Eagle St. right across the street from Newfield Ball Park.  He had a big love for baseball and rooted for the Boston Red Socks.  We must not forget his own baseball team that he created through his own vivid and active imagination named “The Lucky Dogs” with a line-up that rivalled the Red Socks line-up.  He spent many hours with me (Michelle) before a bed draped with a green spread, white marbles, and pencils playing baseball with the Lucky Dogs.  Sharon’s special memory of dad was after excitedly awaiting his arrival from a long business trip and watching him pull out a big black rag doll from behind his back and he entered the door and gave me the huge hug.

He joined the United States Air Force shortly after graduating from Central High School in 1956.  Upon his discharge he was joined in marriage to Mary G. Harbin on October 3rd, 1959 for 22 years.  Two children were born of that union, Michelle N. Benbo and Sharon D. Keyes.

After spending a short time with the R. B. Birge company as an inside salesman, Howard joined forces with Modern Plastics, in 1969, and spent 30 years selling plastics and Plexiglas.  His outgoing personality and playful and energetic spirit served to make him a very successful and funny salesman.  He also ran his own cleaning business, Live Oaks Cleaning Service, for many years where he secured contracts with various builders to clean and prepare newly built houses.

Howard built his home in Milford, CT., in 1971, where he raised his children and cared for his family.  He devoted his life to God and joined the Seventh Day Adventist church in the early ‘80’s and worked energetically for the spreading of the present truth gospel message.  After retirement he moved to Gold Canyon, AZ where he enjoyed his retirement years working for the Lord, visiting with his friends, and spending time with his family.  He has made many lasting friendships throughout his life journey.

He is predeceased by his brother William, L. Keyes.  He is survived by his daughters, Michelle N. Benbo (Michael) and Sharon D. Keyes.  He has 7 grandchildren: LeNesha J. Carey (Porter), Tiona L. Keyes-Bulerin, Kori N.L. Keyes, Jasmyne S. Felix, Stefon L.A. Santos, Elyssia S. Felix, and Kristian M. Felix.  He has 6 great grandchildren: Devasia Nelson, Nazariah J. Keyes, Jaden Keyes, Sanaiya Keyes, and Isaiah S. Keyes-Felix, Ellie A. Carey.

In December 1986, Howard remarried Maureen Earlington and they were married for 15 years.  From that union he gained an adopted son, Mario Keyes-Gallimore.


Funeral Service

Sunday, February 16, 2014 11:00am-12:00am Best Funeral Services 501 East Dunlap Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85020 Reception to Follow Services 12:00pm-2:00pm



Sunday, February 16, 2014 9:00am-11:00am Best Funeral Services 501 East Dunlap Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85020


Graveside Service

Monday, February 17, 2014 9:00am-9:30am National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 N Cave Creek Road Phoenix, Arizona 85024


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One Memory to “Howard L. Keyes”

  1. David Birge says:

    My sincere sympathy to Howard’s family and loved ones. He was a wonderful man , full of wit , wisdom and humor . And I remember him with great fondness and respect. God Bless you Howard . It was always a pleasure to be in your company. David Birge

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