Eighth Generation


3131. Leon Conrey Keyes was born on 2 November 1937 in North Platte, Lincoln Co., Nebraska.727 He died on 27 June 2003 at the age of 65 in Denver, Denver Co., Colorado.727 He was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver, Denver Co., Colorado.727 Lexington Clipper Herald, Lexington, Nebraska July 3, 2003:
Graveside services for Leon Conrey Keyes, 65, Lexington, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2003 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver, Colo. The family has chosen cremation. Leon died Friday, June 27, 2003, at Denver, Colo., of a massive heart attack. He was born Nov. 2, 1937, at North Platte to Albert and Fern (Kirkpatrick) Keyes. He grew up in North Platte and graduated from high school at Golden, Colo., in 1955. After graduation, Leon was involved in various businesses, which included operating numerous bars in Colorado. He was an entertainer, auctioneer for benefits and operated a hardware/lumber business in Colorado. In the 1970s, he operated the Country Kicker lounge in Elwood. In 1985, he married Shirley McMillan at Golden, Colo. They moved to Lexington in 1995. He owned and operated Key Motors in Lexington from 1995 until his death. Leon was a Mason with the Thistle Lodge in Lexington and the Henry Teller Lodge in Denver. He was a Tehama Shriner and was of the Methodist faith. He was also a member of the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar, and looked forward to elk hunting each fall. He also enjoyed his grandchildren, and had a nickname for each of them. His home by the sandpits offered tranquillity as he sat on the porch overlooking the water. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Keyes, Lexington; a daughter, Cherilyn (Robert) Vaughn, Westminster, Colo.; a son, Kevin (Devra) Keyes, North Hollywood, Calif.; stepchildren, Tammy (Larry) Schoenauer, Picayune, Miss., Debbie Carson, Trenton, Don (Tami) Walkenshaw, Grand Ronde, Ore., and Steven Walkenshaw, Kingston, N.Y.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary Keyes, Westminster, Colo.; and sisters, Myra Duvel, Yuma, Ariz., and Harriet Lorenzini, Alliance; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Henrietta Parker, a brother, Ray Lombard, and brothers-in-law, A.J. Lorenzini, Bill Duvel and Boyd Parker. Memorials are suggested to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in his memory. Newcomer Funeral Home in Lakewood, Colo., is in charge of arrangements.

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Cherilyn Keyes was born (date unknown).

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Kevin Keyes was born (date unknown).

Leon Conrey Keyes and Shirley McMillan were married in 1985 in Golden, Jefferson Co., Colorado. Shirley McMillan was born (date unknown).