Herman “Herm” Keith, age 81, of Santa Maria, CA, passed away and went to be with our Lord on November 30, 2017, surrounded by his family. Born in Exeter, California, on March 12, 1936, to parents Lawrence and Alice Mae Keith, he was one of 6 children. After graduating from Exeter High School in 1953, Herm had the privilege of serving in the United States Marine Corps fighting in the Korean War, he was then honorably discharged in February of 1962. Herm then settled in Santa Maria working for RTS Blue Printing where he eventually retired. During his time working there he met his beloved wife of 32 years, Rosemary “Rosie” Centeno Keith, they were married on May 2, 1980.
Herm was a man of God, whose main goal was to make sure everyone he knew and loved got to know Jesus Christ. He was a member and head Elder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church here in Santa Maria for over 30 years. Along with being a loving and devoted husband to his Rosie, being a grandfather was one of Herm's greatest joys in life. He played a big role in raising each of his 4 grandchildren. He had a tremendous amount of love for his family and that is what gave him the ability to fight until the very end. His family takes comfort in knowing that our Lord has healed Herm completely and he is once again healthy, happy and young again, and is reunited with the love of his life Rosie. Herm is preceded in death by his Wife, Rosemary Centeno Keith; Parents, Lawrence and Alice Mae Keith; Sister, Sylvia McClain; Sister, Wanda Keith and Brother, Donald Keith.
Herm is survived by his Sister, Velma Sims; Brother, Marvin Keith; Daughters, Connie Espinoza, Lisa Ponce and Susanne Keith; Sons, Christopher Keith and Robert Keith; Son in Law, Ricardo Espinoza; Daughter in Law, Vickie Ponce; Grandchildren, Nicole Ponce, Kristina Stiffler, Philip Espinoza, Natalia Espinoza and Rita Espinoza, as well as his 3 Great-Grandchildren, Rosemary Jayde Ponce, Ariana Rose Murillo and Amara Machuca-Stiffler.
We would like to thank Marian Comfort Care for their Kindness & Care for our father during this difficult time.
A Funeral Service will be held for Herm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church (1775 S. Thornburg St., Santa Maria, CA 93458), on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 11 A.M. Burial to follow at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Services Have Been Entrusted to the Care of
Lori Family Mortuary
Santa Maria, CA