Patrick W. Keyes

Patrick (Pat) Keyes, age 77, of Verona, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Pat was born on March 24, 1940 to Bill and Velma (Levake) Keyes. Patrick married Corrine Esser of Highland and together had five children: Kevin (Julie) of Verona, Dan (Kelly) of Verona, Kathy (Steve) Kalscheur of Cross Plains, Kelly of Verona and Kim of Madison.

Patrick and his three brothers; Dave, Steve, Dan and sister Donna, grew up in Cobb, WI. Patrick was a talented athlete in several sports and was recruited to play basketball for the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. After college, Patrick worked at an insurance company, then at Carnes for almost 30 years as a Plant Supervisor.

He enjoyed the outdoors, cooking, biking and possessed an entrepreneurial spirit, which led him to start several small businesses, including Keyman Cleaning Service (Verona), Patrick’s Bar (Montfort) and Plaza Pizza and Deli (Madison) that he co-owned with his brother Dan. Patrick also enjoyed gardening, playing cards with his buddies, and watching and attending sporting events. He was an avid Badgers and Packers fan.

Patrick had a loving passion for children and was very proud of his eleven grandchildren. Mackenzie (Joe) Ziebarth, Kaitlyn, Danny and Jake Keyes, Zach (Katelynn) Williams, Kenny, Kori and Kasie Keyes, and Brody, Shea and Ky Kalscheur. Grandpa Pat was very involved with his grandchildren. He loved attending their sporting events and birthday parties, and will be greatly missed by all. Even in his final day, children could make him laugh and bring a smile to his face.

Patrick is survived by his ex-wife, five children, eleven grandchildren, brother-in-law Ron Melville, brothers Steve and Dan (Doris) Keyes, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna, and brother Dave.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday Oct. 1, 2017 at the Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort with Pastor Kathy Jacobson officiating. Burial of the cremains will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 2:00 P.M. until the time of service at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon. In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

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