Originally Published: May 29, 2016 6 a.m.
Keith E. Prosch was a husband, father, uncle, friend. Keith passed away peacefully on May 19, 2016 at his home in Prescott, Arizona, at the age of 88. He was comforted in the presence of his wife of 42 years, Audrey.
He is survived by his wife Audrey; and daughters Debbie (Bill) Whitbred of Cape Coral, Florida, Rebecca Prosch of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Barbara (Butch) Schrader of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Delaine Prosch of Las Vegas, Nevada; son Roy (Joyce) Prosch of Springfield, Missouri; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Thane.
Keith was born on Jan. 9, 1927, to Opal (Wheat) and Roy Prosch in Rush Center, Kansas. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in March 1944 and served as a teletype operator during WWII, earning the Victory Medal for his service. After the war he worked for the railroad before discovering his lifelong career in medical technology. He trained at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington, graduating in 1958. His career took him to Sterling, Colorado, then Los Alamos, New Mexico. On July 14, 1972, while attending a Medical Technology convention in Minneapolis, MN he attended a ‘Happening’ which changed his life. He met the love of his life, Audrey Carol George. They married two years later and he happily moved from his adored desert southwest to the frozen tundra of Minnesota where they lived, worked and played as much as possible until retirement in 1986. They retired to Prescott, Arizona and have resided there ever since. To complete the big thaw, they also had a home in Mexico where they would flee every year to escape the harsh Arizona winters.
Keith was a multi-faceted man with diverse interests and talents. Primarily he was an outdoorsman. He loved to camp, fish (catch and release, unless to prepare a meal for his wife!), hike, and camp. One of his frequent favorite adventures was to hike the Grand Canyon, rim-to-rim, in the full moonlight. He loved mariachi music and Beethoven. He was an avid Diamondbacks fan and loved watching baseball games. Keith was a talented cook; he loved his Hatch green chiles and any other hot pod he could get his hands on; but he toned it down when he cooked for his Aud, and any other audience. He was a gifted gardener with a particular passion and skill handling cactus. His unending thirst for knowledge kept him up on all current events; he loved to read and was particularly interested in NASA and the universe.
A celebration of Keith’s life will take place at 3 p.m. on June 3, 2016, in the Chapel at Alta Vista Retirement Community, 916 Canterbury Lane, Prescott, Arizona. The service will be officiated by Chaplain Kermit Hunt. All are welcome to attend and join the celebration. The family would like to thank the caregivers from Granite Mountain Hospice for their constant attention, care, and comfort. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Salvation Army.
Adios amigo…Vaya con Dios!
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