Keith O. Evener

February 07, 1949 ‒ January 08, 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Keith O. Evener, 71, of Fredericktown passed away on Friday afternoon, January 8, 2021 surrounded by his loving family at the Country Club Rehabilitation Campus in Mount Vernon.  He was born on February 7, 1949 in Mount Vernon to the late Glennis and Ruth (Smith) Evener.

Keith honorably served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a familiar face every year at Veterans Day ceremonies, AMVETS events and he proudly participated in presentations to area schools about his veteran experience. As a lifelong congregant of the Salvation Army, Keith loved serving the community through bell ringing during Christmas seasons. For many years, he worked in manufacturing at Flxible Co. in Loudonville.

For almost 49 years, Keith was married to Karen, the love of his life and mother to their four children. He was her devoted best friend and Mr. Fix-it for everything, because he enjoyed tinkering on electronics, computers and cars. His love, dedication and trust over five decades with Karen laid a deep foundation under his family. Keith’s legacy goes far beyond his time on Earth. Each of his four children will carry on some of his most memorable traits… Jason has his sense of loyalty to serve our country and his technological interests; Kristina has his sentimental nature and the knack to be a friend to anyone he meets; Hollie has his goofy sense of humor and his love for storytelling; and Leanna has his tender heart and his care to help anyone in need. His grandchildren all knew him as “Grumpy Grandpa,” but his memory will always be joyful in their hearts.

Keith is survived by his wife, Karen (Doup) Evener; daughters, Kristina (Henry) Mejia of Fredericktown, Hollie (Byron) Brubaker of Cleveland and Leanna (John) Cobb of Mount Vernon; a son, Jason (Jessica) Evener of Mount Vernon; 9 grandchildren, Anthony and Mackenzie Evener, Henry, Ruthlynn, Leesandra, José and Glenn Mejia, and Luke and Daniel Cobb.

The family will receive friends from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon.  A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in Mound View Cemetery with Captain Christine Moretz.  Military honors will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

Masks will be required, and social distancing will be observed.

Memorial contributions can be made to AMVETS Post 95 or The Salvation Army (Mount Vernon).

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  • I am so very sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. He was a true American hero who loved his family so much. Praying for y’all during the coming times. Truly honored to have got to know him so many years ago. May y’all know he will be waiting for you when you meet again. Love y’all so much.

  • I am so sorry for the loss of Keith. He was so sweet and caring. I remember running around the church and was always there to have a little fun with the kids. He had a wonderful smile. Many prayers for you and your family!

  • Karen, Hollie, Kristina, Leanna and Jason,

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Keith was a kind soul and always eager to jump in and help. I remember him being one of the go to dad’s during marching band season.

    Know that the family is in my thoughts and prayers as you walk this difficult journey in your lives. Hugs to all!

    Kelly Goff Castle

  • Mere words could never convey the loss I know is felt in each of your hearts. He was a kind man whom loved his family beyond measure. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren. I loved seeing all his FB posts and I will fondly remember him and my dad helping with VBS at the Salvation Army when we were tiny. Also the time y’all came to texas!! Fun times ❤️
    Love you all,
    Your cousin by love and choice

  • Karen and family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss our prayers are with you. Karen, you have always been a strong person stay the course. Judy and Jim Barber

  • My sincerest condolences to Leanna and family and to the many friends I’m sure were many. Rest-in-peace, Keith. You served your fellow man very well.

    Marilyn Kofod Wegener

  • Dear Karen and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. We sure had some great times in scouts; it was awesome to become friends with you and your family. My connection goes back many years though Keith’s mother Ruth at the Salvation Army. She was such a dear sweet lady. If there is anything I do to help please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    R.I.P. Keith and thank you for your service to our country.

  • Karen and family:

    So sorry for your loss. May God be with you now and always to comfort and reassure you in the coming months. Prayers to all.

  • Dear Karen and family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy. Keith was a fellow Viet Nam era Veteran and has been a close friend for many years. He was a great conversationalist and was knowledgeable about many subjects. Keith talked lovingly about his children and wife and his family was most important. He was a good father and he cared about his community. Because of the pandemic, we are not able to attend Keith’s service. We send our love and may this good man rest in peace. Jim and Dianne

  • Karen and family:
    I am so very sorry for your loss! You have my deepest sympathies! Keeping you in my prayers.🙏🏻

  • Hollie and Byron,
    I never knew your Dad, father-in-law, but I see from these wonderful pictures how much your family loved him. Those memories will live in your hearts forever, I can promise you that.
    Condolences and prayers for your entire family during this time.

  • Karen and family,
    So very sorry to learn of Keith’s passing. Not having a daily newspaper really hurts when it comes to things like this!
    I won’t be able to attend services but my thoughts are with you. I know Keith will be missed by all. Thinking of you with affection.

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