Keith “Keets” Markoff, 100, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Highland Park Care Center. He was born on December 7, 1913 at Cambria, Wyoming to Damche and Donka (Spiroffo) Markoff. His parents had immigrated to the United States from Macedonia and his father worked in the coal mines of Wyoming. His family moved to Alliance in 1918. Keets graduated from Alliance High School in 1932. He then worked for Fairmont Creamery in various positions including delivery man. After leaving the creamery he went to work at the Alliance Air Base and was the fire inspector in 1941-42 while they were building it. He sold Hudsons and International pickups before selling automobiles for Cover-Jones Motor Company for 38 years until retiring in 1980. He married Neoma Shigley on June 18, 1933. After her passing in 1987, he would marry Gwen McGuire in 1988. She passed away in 2007. Keets was a member of the First Christian Church, the Masonic Lodge where he was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was also a lifetime member of the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department which he was active in the early 1940’s until the 1960’s. He was an avid golfer and a member of the “Over the Hill Gang.”
He is survived by his daughter, JoAnn (Frank) Tolstedt of Alliance, his son, Richard (Sande) Markoff of Omaha, his grandchildren, Brad (Carrie) Tolstedt, Jana (Joe) Goranson, Michelle (Tom) Stokes and Mike (Rhonda) Markoff, his great-grandchildren, Erin (Jason), Megan, Josh, Jake, Lauren, Nicholas, Madi and Taylor. He is also survived by his step-son, Mike (Diane) McGuire of Alliance, his step-grandchildren, David (Liza) McGuire and Danielle McGuire, and his step-great-grandchildren, Jayden and Kiara. In addition to his parents and his two wives, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Theodore and his sister, Nevena Pepper.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church with the Reverend Kent Steinke officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the First Christian Church or Prairie Haven Hospice.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.