Keith W. Callies, 92, passed away Nov. 20, 2020 at this home in Manchester.
Memorial services for immediate family were held at Community Congregational church in Manchester.
Keith was born May 8, 1928 to Elmer D. and Beulah Callies in Waterloo. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Orange Township High School. After working for John Deere, he became a driver for Nash Finch Co. and then was an owner-operator for Warren Transport. In 1959 Keith began Midwest Distributors, Inc. with a partner, transporting poultry products to Chicago and the east coast.
He married Lucille Perrinjaquet Holthaus in 1960. They started their blended family with Keith’s two children, Kathy and Kevin and Lucille’s son Richarad. In 1970 he sold Midwest Distributors and became a compliance officer for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and USDA Meat Inspection.
During their life, Keith and Lucille and their children enjoyed their cabin on Lake Delhi and association with the Hartwick Husky’s Ski Club. Keith and Lucille purchased several acres and a log cabin in the mountains at Howard, Colo., where they enjoyed many vacations. After retirement they purchased a home in Apache Junction, Ariz., where they enjoyed 15 years of life as snowbirds.
Keith is survived by his sons, Richard (Kathy) Holthaus, Urbandale, Kevin (Lori) Callies, Howard, Colo.; his daughter, Kathy (Steve) Tilman, Monte Vista, Colo.; 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Lucille in 2016; his parents; brothers, Elmer D. Callies, Dale K. Callies and his nephew David Callies.