Keith David Clary

March 04, 1955 ‒ August 19, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Keith David Clary, a kind and gentle soul, passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 at Marion General Hospital after a long struggle with Diabetes. Keith was 64 years old and lived in Marion, Ohio most of his life.

Keith was born in Marion on March 4, 1955 to the late Kenneth R. and Eileen F. (Sullivan) Clary.  Keith graduated from Harding High School and later attended Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Music Therapy.

Keith’s passion in life was music especially playing guitar; he enjoyed playing in several bands which included Tall Water and Nightshift. Keith met the love of his life, Sandy Poe, performing at a show in Kenton.

Keith worked for many years at The Ohio State University in Columbus, later found employment at Kroger’s in Marion and Musicland in the Southland Mall.

Keith will be missed by his brother, Kevan Clary of North Carolina; niece, Michelle (Kevin) Turner of Iberia; great-niece, Ciera; along with countless cousins and friends.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Ken and Eileen and life-long companion Sandy.

Visitation will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel (347 West Center St.) on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 12 noon until 1:30 pm.  Celebrant Mark Shuring will officiate a memorial service at 1:30 pm and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Keith’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • My condolences to the family of Keith Clary. I do have a Keith Clary story, though:…being good Catholics Keith and I were in the same CCD classes back in the early 70’s. We had a pretty tight group that were together for several years. During our junior year we met at Mr. Judy’s house in Chateau in his family room. I just bought a new Yamaha guitar and brought it to one of the classes. I though I was pretty hot stuff and also was trying to impress a cute blond in the class. I start clumsily strumming some chords and Keith asks to borrow the guitar. He proceeds to tune it up a bit and then plays the guitar intro to the group “Yes’s “ Roundabout and knocks it out of the park. We were all impressed and I was a little bit embarrassed. I did end up marrying the cute blond…aka wife #1. I haven’t seen Keith for years until a few months ago I saw him where I work at the Smith Clinic on the elevator. I see him and I took a chance with the “don’t I know you?” he mentioned that I looked familiar, too. We talked for a few minutes and I told him the “Roundabout” story. We both had a good laugh. Just thought I would share that…again accept my condolences for your loss. Keith was one cool and gracious person.

  • Keith was my band mate back in the late nineties with Razzberry Jamb. He was not only a sensational musician, but he was a highly intelligent individual. I enjoyed visiting with him after the band broke up and discussing the music that we both shared an interest. (Although he was far more knowledgeable than I !).

    I regret having lost contact with him over the past 10 years and will miss him and the great sound of his guitar.

    Dave Rossi