Keith Glenn Messenger, 80 passed away Aug. 15, 2014 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. Messenger was born July 25, 1934, in McPherson to parents Glenn Harold and Berniece Leorene (Anderson) Messenger. On Jan. 17, 1959, he was joined in marriage to Virginia Lawrence.
Keith graduated from Roxbury High School and attended Kansas State University. He served in the U.S. Army. After his discharge he served an internship in soil conservation at Dodge City and then was transferred to Dighton where he stayed from 1958 to 1990 except for a couple of years in Ulysses as the District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
After he retired from there he farmed in Lane County and worked part-time at Ranger Feeders.
He enjoyed hunting shark teeth, fishing, gardening, his fruit trees, golf, wine making and doing water witching projects. He was a member of First Christian Church where he was also a deacon and an elder. He was a charter member of the Dighton Lions Club, a member of the American Legion Post 190, a former Boy Scout leader and member of Farm Credit Bureau
Survivors include his wife Virginia Messenger, Dighton, son Alan Messenger Guymon, Oklahoma, daughters Diane Barrett, Oberlin and Lisa Moomaw, Dighton, two sisters Carolyn Johnson, Topeka, and Barbara Bufford, Meriden, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at First Christian Church in Dighton. Officiating the service will be Rev. Aerri Smith and Rev. Berniece Ludlum. A burial ceremony will be conducted after at the Dighton Memorial Cemetery.
A memorial service will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23 at Boomhower Funeral Home.
Memorials will be accepted at First Christian Church or Dighton Lions Club in care of Boomhower Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at