Keith W. Adrian, 86 of Platteville died on January 5th, 2014, at his home, in Platteville, after a courageous 4 year battle with stomach cancer.

A celebration of life visitation will be held at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory on Sunday, January 19, 2014, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. A private family interment will be held at a later date at the Cassville Cemetery.

In lieu of traditional honorarium the family will be directing any gifts to the Grant County Hospice program.

The Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, is serving the family.

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Keith was born on May 26, 1927, in Cassville, WI, the son of Frank “Bink” and Lollie (Obershaw) Adrian. He attended Cassville High School where he excelled in baseball and basketball before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in the spring of 1945. Upon completion of his training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois, he was stationed in Bremerton, WA. Keith continued his military duty in the South Pacific as a 40MM gun operator aboard the U.S.S. Prichett and the U.S.S. Charette during WWII.

In August of 1946, he met and later married Clara Geaheart in Lancaster, WI, on June 28th, 1947. She preceded him in death on February, 13, 1998. He worked for many years at Gardner Baking Company. From 1967 until his retirement in 1992, Keith was a top ranked regional salesman for the Wisconsin Gas Company. Keith and Clara enjoyed many years of wintering in South Texas. In addition, the couple spent summers fishing and relaxing at their cabin in Bagley, WI.

Keith is survived by three children; Juli (Troy) Haller of Aurora, CO; Lane (Debbie) Adrian of Wheaton, IL; and Mark (Lori) Adrian of Platteville, WI; three grandsons, Derek Adrian of Wheaton, IL, Kyle (Jackie) Adrian of Phoenix, AZ, and Chad Adrian of Platteville, WI; three great grandchildren, Skyler Matts of Dodgeville, WI; Lucas Adrian of Platteville, WI; and Tylen Haller of Aurora, CO; and his best friend and partner for over 15 years, Laura Rauch.

The Adrian family wishes to extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Arbaje, and Dr. Klann for their dedication and commitment to Keith’s cancer treatments; Casey, Brenda, Jolene, and Kim Martens of Grant County Hospice. We would also like to thank the many neighbors and friends whose kindness and support meant so much to Keith’s care and comfort.