D. Keith Rickner, 89, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, surrounded by family at The Cedars, McPherson. 

 He was a retired McPherson High School principal and had taught typing, bookkeeping, and shorthand. 

Keith was born Dec. 23, 1928, in McPherson, KS, the son of Henry Luther and Ivy Pearl (Vanatta) Rickner.  

He graduated from McPherson High School in 1946.  He also graduated from McPherson College and Emporia State Teachers College. 

He was united in marriage to Joyce E. McLeod on Aug. 1, 1954, in McPherson.

He served two years in the U.S. Navy and was a member of American Legion Post No. 24.  He was also a member of the First Christian Church and B.P.O.E. No. 502. 

Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Joyce of the home; two daughters, Lori (Randy) Hurst of Augusta, and Diane (Brent) Rotha of Wichita; sister, Velma Jones of McPherson; five grandchildren, Mallory Hurst, Connor Hurst, Kaleigh Hartzler, Logan Rotha, and Macie Rotha; and two great-grandchildren, Kowen and Khloe Hartzler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Norman Rickner and Glen Rickner, and sister, Mary Allison.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17 at Stockham Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m..  

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept.18, at the First Christian Church with The Rev. Lynn Scott officiating.  

Burial with Military Honors will follow at McPherson Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to First Christian Church or McPherson Senior Center, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. 

 Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.