Keith R. States, 86, passed away on March 27, 2013, in Thomaston Manor, in Thomaston, Ga.
He was born on Nov. 29, 1926, in Canoe Ridge, Pa., and was the son of John T. and Mayola Bartlebaugh States.
Keith grew up in Canoe Ridge attending Marion Center High School, where he received the Bausch & Lomb Science Award.
Upon graduation, he entered the Merchant Marines during World War II and served his country.
Leaving the Merchant Marines, he went into construction work, operating numerous pieces of heavy equipment. In 1959, he opened States Rental Service in Indiana, Pa., where he owned and operated the store until he sold the business in 1982.
Upon his retirement, Keith and his wife moved to Brooksville, Fla., and from that point on, they enjoyed touring the United States and Canada for over 25 years. They traveled throughout Canada, Mexico, South America and visited every state except for Hawaii. Their love of travel kept them together, where they met many friends and ran numerous travelcades with the Avion Travel Trailer Club.
Keith was a member of John W. Jenks Masonic Lodge in Punxsutawney and the Coudersport Consistory, and he was a lifetime member of the Dixonville Moose Club and a member of the Elks in Brooksville, Fla.
Keith was married to Catherine Henry States.
Keith is survived by his wife, Catherine, in Thomaston Ga.; a daughter, Cheryl Michalic, married to Les Michalic in Thomaston Georgia; and a son, Russell States, married to Patricia Campbell States of Indiana Pa.
He has five grandchildren, Lara Strother of Tampa, Fla., Shannon Lenoir of Lutz, Fla., Justin High in Port Richey, Fla., Carrie Storch living in Monroeville, Pa., and Amanda Winfield living in Indiana, Pa.; and six great-grandchildren, Corey and Brandon Strother of Tampa, Fla., Wil and Shane Lenoir of Lutz Fla., and Nichols and Zachary Storch of Monroeville Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mayola States; two sisters, Ruth Lowmaster and Mary Spicher; and a brother, Carlton States.
Keithâ€™s wishes were for no services to be held and for his body to be cremated. Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.