Keith “Keifer” Allen Smith, 48, of Beloit, Wisconsin passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
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Keith was born on April, 27, 1971 along with his twin brother Kenneth Dewitt Smith, in Beloit, WI to Everett & Harriette (Hilliard) Smith. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1989. After graduating high school, Keith attended the University of Illinois at Champaign – Urbana on a track scholarship. He later completed his education at Blackhawk Technical College where he received an Associate Degree in Welding in 2010. Keith married Jana D. Smith in July 2001 in Beloit, WI. To this union, there were blessed with four children.
Keith graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1989, where he excelled on the football field, track and basketball court. One of his many accomplishments was winning 1st place in the 4 x 100 meter relay in the Wisconsin State Championship with his brother Kenneth Smith and best friends, Duane Jenkins and Ryan Anderson. They eventually ranked 4th place at Nationals. This foursome was known as the Fab 4 Horseman.
Keith was a hard worker and demonstrated this at every job. For the past 10 years, he worked for Woodward Governor and prior to that at Lear Corporation for 10 years. He was a sports enthusiast and his favorite NFL team was the Chicago Bears. Keith was a loving husband, father and friend. He enjoyed spending time with family, and grilling out with family and friends.
Keith leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 19 years, Jana (Hereford) Smith; four children, Keisha M. Smith, Tyler J. McClinton, Kolby A. Smith and Kamdyn D. Smith. His mother Harriette L. Smith of Beloit, WI. Siblings; Pam L. Smith (Beloit, WI), Brenda D. Smith of Kansas City, MO, Benjamin (Karla) Smith (Beloit, WI), Glenn Smith (Beloit, WI), and Susanne (Richard) Bevineau (Beloit, WI), Kenneth (Jaquan) Smith of Plainfield, IL. Grandson, Malachi Elliott II. As well as two special brothers, Kevin Smith, and Ryan Anderson. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many other family and friends.
He was predeceased by his father, Everett Smith; Grandparents; Walter and Lillian Smith and Nimrod and Bertha Hilliard; cousins, Chris Hereford, Devon James and his best friend, Duane Jenkins.
Keith will be missed by all but may we cherish the memories we had with him.