SCHLEEN, Keith Leroy – passed away peacefully at Marianhill, on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at the age of 83 years.
Keith Schleen of Pembroke, beloved husband of Marlene Schleen (nee Layman) of 61 years. Dear father of Donald (Michele) Schleen & Lynda (Raymond) Harnish, both of Pembroke. Cherished grandfather of Emily (Jeff) Hanifen, Carlie Harnish and Gordon & Alex Schleen. Great-grandfather of Lucas & Wyatt. Brother of Lloyd (Joyce), James (late Marcella), late Jack and brother-in-law of late Verna. Son of the late Gordon & Erma Schleen (nee Zummach). Survived and missed by several nieces and nephews.
Keith was born on January 8th, 1939, in Hagarty Township to the late Gordon & Erma Schleen (nee Zummach). He graduated high school from St. Andrews High School in Killaloe. Attended Ottawa Teacher’s College and started his career in teaching in Sudbury, Ontario. He taught for several years in Kingston, where he completed his degree at Queen’s University. When Fellowes High School was completed in Pembroke, he obtained a teaching position there.
Keith was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he served 2 terms on church council as treasurer and property chairman. In 1995, he chaired the committee that directed the construction of the administrative building, additional Sunday school rooms, Founder’s lounge, and the installation of an elevator.
Keith enjoyed reading, fishing, his family, doing small carpentry projects and spending time at the farm in the bush. Most of Keith’s extra time was spent as a volunteer. He was on the board of directors for the Phoenix Center, five years as treasurer. When he retired, he volunteered at Miramichi Lodge and completed many projects for the property committee at Zion Lutheran Church.
Keith & Marlene moved out to their cottage on Wilber Lake in 1996, where they renovated the cottage and added an addition. It didn’t take very long before he was elected to the Camp Lutherlyn Board and spent many a day at Camp Lutherlyn with Eldon Ziebarth completing maintenance projects. While on the Camp Lutherlyn Board, he was property chairman and secretary.
Respecting Keith’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Graveside Service will be held at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, on Saturday, July 16 at 3:30 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Zion Lutheran Church or Heart & Stroke Foundation are appreciated. Online donations/condolences are available at www.mdbfuneralhome.com