Ray Keim, 87, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at IU Health Goshen Hospital. He was born on February 16, 1926 in Kokomo to Abraham J. and Susan (Troyer) Keim. He was married on June 7, 1952 in Kokomo to Clara Elizabeth Bontrager.
Following his graduation from Clay Township High School in Miami County in 1944, he volunteered to work aboard a cattle boat transporting over 700 horses to Poland in December 1945 in the aftermath of WWII. This was an immensely impactful experience in which he found both inspiration and direction for much of his later life. Upon his return to the United States, he resumed his formal education, graduating from Goshen College in 1955, having been ordained to Christian ministry in the Mennonite Church in 1954. He attended Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary for two years in the early 1950s and earned a Masters of Social Work in 1963 at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia.
During his working life, he combined the discipline of ministry in a congregational setting with working as a psychotherapist in a variety of clinical settings. His pastoral work included ministry at East Goshen Mennonite, Pleasant View Mennonite and Howard-Miami Mennonite Churches in Indiana; Trinity Mennonite and Glencroft Community Churches in Arizona; and lastly, at First Mennonite in Berne, where he retired in 2004 after 50 years of ministry. He served as staff therapist at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center in Goshen and as pastoral counselor in other counseling centers in Arizona and Indiana. He and his wife conducted many marriage enrichment retreats across the county.
His family meant a lot to him, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed conversation with many people. He will be well-remembered by his many friends and professional acquaintances for his wonderful sense of humor. He took great pleasure and found relaxation in his later years reading theological studies and historical accounts, as well as the newspaper, especially the Sunday comics. As a pleasurable pastime, he enjoyed difficult crossword puzzles.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Beth (Mark) Ropp of Inman, Kansas; four sons, Paul (Julie) Keim; and John Keim, both of Goshen; Mark (Ron Dick) Keim of Grant’s Pass, Oregon; and David (Kelly) Keim of Berne; two brothers-in-law, Don Lukeman; and Wayne Sommers; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Leona Miller; Katie Kauffman; Elsie Troyer; Susie Sommers; and Ellen Lukeman; and brother, Dr. Alvin Keim.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at Sunnyside Mennonite Church in Dunlap. Officiating will be Pastor Craig Maven, Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia and Pastor Lloyd L. Miller, his nephew.
Cremation has taken place with burial at a later date in Kokomo.
Memorials may be made to Global Disciples, 315 W. James St., Lancaster, PA 17603 or Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S. 12th St., Akron, PA 17501.
Arrangements provided by Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.