Lyle Allan Keyes

Apr 16, 1931 – Jun 15, 2015

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Lyle was born in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada on April 16, 1931 to John B. Keyes and Sophia Pilon Keyes and raised by his aunt and uncle, Emil Krieg and Roseanna Pilon Krieg.  His family immigrated to South Bend, WA at age three.  Later his family moved to South Seattle where Lyle lived the majority of his life.

 He passed peacefully, at home, in Huntington Park, Des Moines, WA on June 15, 2015 at the age of 84.  He was diagnosed and placed on hospice with pancreatic cancer three weeks prior to his passing.

 In 1963 he started his contracting business, Lyle A. Keyes Cement Finishers.  In 1993 he passed the business down to his son, Ed.  Lyle’s passion was playing card games whether with his family, close friends or with his weekly group at Huntington Park.

 Lyle is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley, sons Edward (Cyndi) and Allan (Brenda) and daughter Pamela.  Grandchildren Danielle, Kaitlyn, Kelci (deceased), Alyssa and Derek.  Also his “pal” Rufus, a Chihuahua dog he rescued.  He was loved and will be greatly missed by his family.

 A family inurnment service will be held in July at Washington Memorial Park.

 Remembrances at www.


Danielle Keyes
La Habra, CA
Sep 29, 2015

I love you and miss you papa!

Blanche Hill
Des Moines, WA
Jul 26, 2015

Dear Shirley and Family--including Rufus--Know that my thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. I have fond memories of chats with Lyle when he walked Rufus in the neighborhood. I will always treasure our last visit which happened "by chance" the day of the HP garage sale when we connected as your vehicle was parked outside the HP clubhouse and you were en route to the airport for Pam's flight to CA.

Be well and may your many memories be with you always!

Fondly, Blanche Hill

Janice Stewart
Burien, WA
Jul 3, 2015

Shirley, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I saw Lyle's obit in the Sunday Paper. I got to thinking about all the fun him and my husband Doug had - pranks, cards, etc.. He was a good friend and we have many fun memories of the 2 of them. My best to you. Take care.

Gene & Mary Butler
Des Moines, Wa
Jun 30, 2015

Very hard working man. Will be missed by all of you. Loved the family pictures! You were a beautiful bride Shirley! your family has been through so much lately you are all in our thoughts.

Danielle Keyes
La Habra, CA
Jun 27, 2015

So many memories... Spoiled rotten child I was..literally. 1986-2 years old riding around the old house in my big foot power wheels running over feet and into fences..Wish I never grew out of that thing I would still be trying to take it for a spin :) Pound Puppies was the thing..I had them all and the bedding to match. Teddy Ruxpin, robots, my little house and slide. I will never forget those huge remotes for the RC cars racing up and down 12th on a hot summer day. Papa picking me up when I was sick or not so sick at school in that snazzy blue El Camino when he could have been playing cards haha. Those gadgets you always had to have ...that dang video camera, as big and bulky as it was back in the 80s caught so many good memories and I will cherish them forever. I will admit I was not always the best granddaughter and have made many mistakes growing up..So many times I wasnt deserving of the help you gave me but am forever grateful, believe that! So a few weeks ago I was able to get back up to Seattle just to have one last special moment with you, and a beautiful moment it was. I will always love you my Papa, rest easy and give Kelci kisses for me.

Colette and Michael Dwyer
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 25, 2015

Pam, we are deeply sorry and saddened by the news of your father passing; may the love of your family and friends comfort you during these difficult day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and and your family.

Colette & Michael Dwyer

Rick Peterson
Los Angeles,, CA
Jun 22, 2015

Our condolences to you and your family, Pam.

Maria Ford-Johnson
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 22, 2015

To the Family of Mr. Lyle Keyes, I didn't know him personally but I work with his daughter Pam Keyes and she has told me stories of her father Mr. Keyes and the joy that they shared. I can see that he was a very special Father because of the Loving way that Pam described him. It was if I knew him myself. I can also see the kind and wonderful Man that he was because of the kind and wonderful person that He raised. Pam and family at this time please know that we are praying for you. You will miss him, please allow his memories to fill the hole that his departure has caused. May God Bless you now and always. He is resting in Peace.

Jim Burton
Allyn , WA
Jun 21, 2015

Dear Lyle, We had some great times together,lots of laughs. I am reminded of the many wheelbarrows of concrete that I wheeled for you. Your cement work was a learning curve for me.

I know you are in a better place, no tears, pain or heartbreak. In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Your brother-in-law Jim

Jim and Arlene Burtonn
Allyn , WA
Jun 21, 2015

We will miss you Lyle.....your memory will live on. The times we shared were precious and the trips to Texas, Florida, Arkansas were just a few of those memories. Your family was your rock, and know you will be missed dearly by all of them.

Cyndi Keyes
Federal Way, Wa
Jun 20, 2015

Thank you for loving us uncondtionaly,we will cherish our memories together forever ! Our hearts are forever broken but it gives us a bit of peace knowing you and Kelci are in heaven together.Love you to the moon and beyond!

Love you bunches Papa

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