In Memory

Keith Klemmt - Class Of 1958

Kenneth Keith Klemmt, age 76, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2017, after a courageous battle with lymphoma. He was born in 1941 in Irvington, New Jersey to Kenneth Karl Klemmt and Ruth Dorothy Ewing Klemmt. The family moved to Jacksonville, FL in 1954. Keith graduated from DuPont High School in 1958 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Jacksonville University in December, 1963. He did just about everything in the business of technical theater and loved it. His 56 year career began with membership in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Local #115. For years he worked as a traveling stagehand with touring companies of operas and several Broadway shows. Keith taught technical theater courses at Alverno College and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for seven years. Next came the scenery shop, Proscenium Services, Inc., in Jacksonville where scenery was designed and built for many professional and amateur companies around the country. As a member of Local #115, he served as Business Agent and President. He was appointed as an International Representative of the IATSE and represented Union members in the Southeast for 25 years. Keith was dedicated to the ideals of the Union and the betterment of terms and working conditions for his brothers and sisters. In his leisure time, Keith was an avid golfer and was passionate about the game as well as the comradery of his fellow golfers. He grew up on the St. John's River and Pottsburg Creek and enjoyed boating and waterskiing. Keith was a prolific reader throughout his life, enjoying a variety of subjects, especially history. One of his favorite spots was a cabin in the woods on the St. Mary's River where he spent many weekends and hosted wonderful gatherings. He was a member of the Florida Tackle and Gun Club and San Jose Country Club. His leadership skills were put to good use in his service on the boards of All Saints Early Learning and Community Care Center and San Jose Catholic School. Keith loved his friends and neighbors and enjoyed many get togethers and sing-alongs. His sense of humor and wit will be remembered by many. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rosemary Geers Klemmt, daughter Kristen (Toby) Vinson, daughter Karlyn Rose (Alex) Edgar, and grandchildren Lindsey Vinson and Noah Edgar. He is also survived by his sister Ellen (Andy) Chambliss and brother Lyle (Susie) Klemmt, as well as many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. A celebration of Keith's life will be held on Monday, September 25, at 6:00 pm at the Florida Theater, 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32202. Memorials in Keith's name have been established with K9s for Warriors, 114 Camp K9 Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081 and the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, 630 May Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Please Sign the guestbook at HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Sept. 24, 2017

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09/26/17 06:01 PM #1    

Grandle Starling (1958)

Keith, thanks so much for the times we were invited to your home, and of course the "Birthday Bash" last year. Please keep watch over us as "Angels" do, and rest easy my friend. Grandle And Charlotte Starling, South Daytona, FL...





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