In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought with the 945th Artillery Battalion, following Patton’s Third Army throughout Europe. After the war, he moved his young family to Gary, Ind., where he found work as a pipefitter for U.S. Steel.
Key was a member of United Steelworkers of America Local 1014, and the American Legion. He served as deacon for the New Hope Baptist Church. He was that man of integrity, spoken of in the Bible, who was so honest that he would give testimony against his own interest in a court of law.
He is survived by his only son, Jerry Wayne Key (Linda); four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. We will miss his smiling, gentle presence.
Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Rees Funeral Home Hobart Chapel in Hobart, Ind. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Portage, Ind.
You may sign the online register and express condolences to the family at www.reesfuneralhome.com.
Rees Funeral Home Hobart Chapel,
Hobart, Ind.; 219-942-2109