Keith B. McAllister

May 27, 1937 ‒ February 03, 2006

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Keith B. McAllister, 68, of Lexington-Ontario Road, Lexington, died Friday afternoon February 3, 2006 in Galion Community Hospital following an apparent stroke.

He was born May 27, 1937 in Crestline to Howard and Thelma (Long) McAllister, and was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1955.

Keith remained a Mansfield area resident all of his life.

While a member of the Air National Guard, he was called into active duty.

In 1984 he established Shelby Screw Machine Products, Inc., and operated the automobile parts manufacturing facility until his retirement in 1996.

His vocations allowed him to pursue and maintain his real passion: music. As founder and leader of Mark III Trio, Keith played keyboards and offered vocals in Mansfield’s premier supper club band. The Mark III Trio was a standard in Richland County night spots like the Brown Derby, Park Place, Park Lanes, the former East Side Night Club, and was the first band to ever play Snow Trails…though will be best remembered for their long standing gig at Adam’s Rib.

He was a member of the Mansfield Federation of Musicians and Venus Lodge F&AM.

Remembered for his very dry sense of humor, Keith would crack a joke without cracking a smile, often leaving you wondering if he was joking at all…and he elevated the art of spoonerisms to a new height.

He is survived by his wife Barbara B. (Boyd) McAllister, whom he married December 5, 1982; a daughter and son-in-law Amy and Thomas Sweet of Tiro, a son Mark McAllister and his dear friend Sandi Shelton of Crestline, a son Morgan McAllister of St. George, Utah; his former wife Shirley Zimmerman of New Washington; a brother and sister-in-law Brent and Naomi McAllister of Brighton, Michigan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends Monday, February 6, 2006 from Noon ~ 2 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A service celebrating his life, music and humor will follow at 2 pm. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park, where rthe Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to the Mansfield Federation of Musicians may be made at the funeral home.