Monday, October 1, 2012

My friend Keith

Hello everyone!  As many of you already know last Thursday September 27, 2012 my friend Keith Basinski was a victim of a work place shooting.  He was the UPS driver that just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  My hubby and I met Keith at our church were we happened to sit in the same section.  We got to know him through other friends and he was the one who got us involved into Royal Rangers which is a Christian version of Boys Scouts at our church.

Keith lived his life quietly and morally.  His three children are all adults and his daughter just had a baby three weeks ago.  He was planning to meet his first grandchild later this month on a well earned vacation.
My hubby took this picture of Keith painting the new garage at church.

Keith was very much involved in children's ministry even though all his children were grown.  When I taught the kindergarten class for Royal Rangers he was the guy that the kids loved to play with.  He would come up with the funniest games to play inside when it was really cold outside.  He would color with the kids and read stories to them.  I never heard him raise his voice and he was reliable and dependable.

Just three weeks ago my hubby was asked by our church to paint a new garage.  The hubby called Keith and his response was when do you want to do it.  Last week the church acknowledged all the people that worked to build, roof, and paint the new garage.  Keith's name was accidentally left out.  His response was, and I quote "I didn't do it to get my name in the church bulletin".  If you ever needed help and he could help you he would drop everything.  The only bad thing I can say about Keith is that he was a Green Bay Packer fan and this is Minnesota!  Of course we forgave him because he was from Green Bay.

Keith was well loved and he will be missed.  The only comforting thing is that I know he is with the Lord.  He was a born again Christian and he wasn't ashamed of that fact.  I cried today in church when our pastor talked about him and the hubby wasn't holding anything back.  Click here to view a video from one of our local stations about Keith.  In the video Keith's brother Jeff is interviewed.  Jeff is the person my hubby drove around Thursday night and Friday morning to identify the body and meet with the ME.  Until I see you in heaven Keith...


  1. This is so sad. I am so sorry to hear about your friend, Keith! Sounds like he was a great person, and a true Christian.I pray healing for his family and friends, and may God accept him into his Kingdom.

  2. Beautiful post to celebrate the life of a good friend.

  3. Beautiful post and I am sorry for your and the family's loss. Sounds like an incredible person and I am sure he will be missed. It is a relief to know that he Knows the Lord. God Bless.

  4. What a wonderful tribute to him and his life.

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  6. Hmmm. I pray that God will touch the lives of those affected by his loss. I pray that the peace of God will continue to rest upon his family and friends left behind. Thanks be to God that he was a true born-again Christian. What a wonderful feeling, to know that he'll be with the Lord. Great post dedicated to him! :)