KEITH THOMAS RABIDEAU,
87, of Cass City died Sunday, March 22, 2020 in his home. He was born May 8, 1932 in Gagetown to Raymond and Lena (LaPratt) Rabideau.
Keith was baptized in St. Agatha Catholic Church. He graduated from Gagetown Schools with the class of 1950, as senior class president. Keith had a passion for antiques. Over the last two decades he and Marilyn have enjoyed buying and selling collectables. Most weekends they could be found at one of the many auctions or estate sales across the state. His vintage wagon and Ford tractor were two of his favorite acquisitions. Keith liked to entertain his grandchildren by giving them wagon rides around the pond. He enjoyed bird watching and being outdoors. Keith spent many hours walking in nature and watching the variety of bird species that gathered at his feeders.
Keith was known for his strong work ethic. He was very handy and could fix almost anything. In his early years, he installed and worked on furnaces. Keith had a short stint as a union organizer in the early seventies. He spent the majority of his career at several area foundries as a machinist, until his retirement in 1994. Always an early riser, he could be found working in his pole barn and around the property, even after retirement.
Keith will be remembered by many for his sense of humor and quick wit. He never missed an opportunity to poke fun with others and share his humorous side. Keith’s proudest accomplishment were his children. The many family events where he was able to gather with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, were his happiest memories.
Keith is survived by his partner, Marilyn Tyo ; seven children: Marsha (Terry) Sutton, Rodney (Linda) Rabideau, Ricky Rabideau, Randy Rabideau, Deborah Leasher, Tammi (Brian) Roberts, Shelly (Scott) Miller; fourteen grandchildren: Courtney (Frank) Rabideau, Carly (Andrew) Yocius, Casey Rabideau, Grant Rabideau, Ethan (Kassandra) Leasher, Devon Leasher, Aaron Leasher, Samantha (Matt) Jezierski, Taylor Roberts, Madison Roberts, Brandon (Renee) Miller, Cole Miller, Dylan Miller, Dustin Miller; five great grandchildren: River, Isabel, Haley, Berrek, Ayla; brother, Harlan Rabideau; sister-in-law, Nancy (James) Rabideau. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Gerald Rabideau, James Rabideau; sister, Jean Marecki; brother-in-law, Clarence Mareck; sisters-in-law: Phyliss (Harlan) Rabideau, Evelyn (Gerald) Rabideau.
Funeral service will be held at a later date in Our Lady Consolata Parish, St. Agatha Catholic Church, Gagetown. Interment will be in St. Agatha Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Agatha Cemetery Fund (OLC/perpetual) or the St. Agatha food pantry. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195
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