Keith Lary Bartram was, on Friday, May 6, unexpectedly called to heaven.

Keith was a robust man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was an avid tennis player, enjoyed reading, listened to all kinds of music and was an active member of his community. Keith was, in all things, a man of honor, good deeds and abundant faith.

A lifelong hard worker, Keith enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 18 and proudly served his country. After military service he continued to serve his country as an FAA air traffic controller. Keith also devoted many years working as a volunteer to help prison inmates battling with substance abuse.

Baptized in the Catholic Church in 1997, Keith found great solace in his faith. He was a member of both Sacred Heart of Exeter and St. Anthony's of Farmersville where he was a frequent scripture reader at Mass.

Keith's absence will be felt by many. He is survived by his father, Keith Bartram; his brother, Michael; and his sister, Barbara. He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Richard Manning; his son, James; and their mother, Janet.

Keith enjoyed his last years with his beloved wife, Maxine Barile Bartram. He lovingly embraced Maxine's six children and 13 grandchildren and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of an expected grandchild.

Keith was a man of great spirit, compassion and love. He will be greatly missed. Funeral Mass was offered May 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Exeter, under the direction of Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Online condolences can be made at www.smithfamilychapel.com.

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