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Mr Lugene Keys/Sir Knight Lugene Keys, 75, of Bluffton, died after a brief illness on May 22, 2022. Known as “Gene” to friends and family, he was born in Greenville, Carolina of the North, and came to New Haven, Conn., as a child. He moved to Indiana with his family in 2005.

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Gene was the son of Rosa (Coburn) and Johnnie Keys, both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his best friend, confidante and wife of 44 years, Kay Johnson-Keys; son, Jonathan Lugene Keys; daughters, Jessica Keys and Eumekia Wright; with three grandchildren, Charlotte Rose Keys, Jaelin Fore and Kaylah Dowdell. He is also survived by his uncle, Milton Coburn, his wife Jessie and their other children, of New Haven, Connecticut.

Gene leaves behind many good friends and admirers he has developed over the years, including but not limited to Fred and Martha Brummell, their son, Luis, Deborah Bailey, Geraldine Ledbetter and the rest of the Ledbetter family, as well as his list of friends that are too numerous to count.

“Of my husband, I can only say that he was a very special man and father to our children. I was always surrounded by his love, caring and support. I was blessed and I look forward to the day when we are reunited in heaven forever. Marriage is a union of love and duty and when you achieve both, you live in grace. – Kay.

Gene was a Fourth Degree Knight with Knights of Columbus Council #7555 and a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bluffton. He was proud to be a member of the Knights of Columbus and at the forefront of all the community good the group did. The family would like to thank all members of the Knights and their spouses for the support they have given them during this difficult time. These friends include, but are not limited to, Mike and Debbie Lautzenheiser, Sandy Smythe, Cynthia and Gregg Reed, Michelle Paxton, and many more.

Visitations will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 at the Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton, followed by a Rosary service, led by the Knights of Columbus, at 7 p.m. A Christian funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bluffton, with one hour of visitation before the church service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus Council #7555. Sympathy cards can be addressed to “The Family of Lugene Keys” c/o Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel, 3220 East State Road 124, Bluffton, IN 46714.

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