James A. Keyer Evansville, Ind James A. Keyer, 75, of Evansville, Ind., passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville. James was born in Dayton, Ohio, on November 4, 1941, to the late Arthur and Vera (Schwanengel) Keyer. During his teens they moved to Hanover, Ind., where he and his father worked as tool and die makers. He was drafted into the Army and proudly served for two years at Fort Knox, Ky., followed by four years reserve back in Hanover. It was during this time he was set up on a blind date with Jo Emily Beeler. After a two year courtship they married and settled in Evansville. Jim was a tool and die maker for over 40 years. During this time he was also an EMT/Volunteer Fireman for eight years with the McCutchanville Volunteer Fire Department. One of Jim's favorite pastimes was attending Sprint Car races with his best friend and racing buddy George Krack. Together they logged many miles attending races all over the Midwest. "Dirt's for racing, Asphalt's for getting there" was what they both believed! Jim will be forever remembered for his hard working no quit attitude. Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jo Emily; daughter, Jayme Rainey (Bill); son, Ward Keyer (Michele), of Evansville; sister, Elaine K. Sellers, of Beavercreek, Ohio; grandchildren, A.J. Hale, Brittney Rainey, Mason, Emma and Jacob Keyer all of Evansville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017, at Browning Funeral Home, 738 E. Diamond Ave., Evansville, IN 47711, with Rev. Steve Clayton officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Rockport. Friends may visit from 2 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Browning Funeral Home and again at 9 a.m. until service time on Monday. A Masonic service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday by Lessing Lodge. The family wishes to thank all of Jim's doctors and nursing staff for their countless hours of service over the last several days. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis, and the American Heart Association. Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com .
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