Keir,  Robert MacArthur

Keir, Robert MacArthur

Male 1905 - 2011  (106 years)  

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  • Name Keir, Robert MacArthur 
    Born 6 Jun 1905  Nemaha, Sac County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 15 Apr 1910  Delaware Township, Sac County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 20 Jan 1920  Douglas Township, Sac County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1925  Sac County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 14 Apr 1930  Douglas Township, Sac County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 1935  Riverton Township, Clay, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census 17 Apr 1940  Riverton Township, Clay, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence 2007  St. Luke Lutheran Home, Spencer, Clay County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Died 9 Jul 2011  Spencer, Clay, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Clay, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I27510  Sackett | Simon Sackett the Colonist, Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2016 

    Father Keir, Roy Erie,   b. 22 Jan 1882, Wellington, Sumner, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1972, Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Corsant, Zada Mary,   b. 27 Dec 1879, Smith Corners, Berlin Twp., St. Clair, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1935, Sac City, Sac County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 30 Apr 1902  Sac City, Sac County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Children 3 children 
    Family ID F9797  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Peeso, Lana Grace,   b. 8 May 1904, Spencer, Clay, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1960, Summit Township, Clay County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 6 Feb 1935  Spencer, Clay, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Keir, Kendall Webb,   b. 25 Mar 1942, Spencer, Clay, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 2006, St. Luke Lutheran Home, Spencer, Clay County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     4. Living
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F9798  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Claer, Eileen Genevieve,   b. 27 Oct 1907, Ayrshire, Palo Alto, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1995, St. Luke Lutheran Home, Spencer, Clay County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1962  Audubon County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F9802  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Jun 1905 - Nemaha, Sac County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 15 Apr 1910 - Delaware Township, Sac County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 20 Jan 1920 - Douglas Township, Sac County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1925 - Sac County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 14 Apr 1930 - Douglas Township, Sac County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1935 - Riverton Township, Clay, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Feb 1935 - Spencer, Clay, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 17 Apr 1940 - Riverton Township, Clay, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Keir, Kendall Webb - 25 Mar 1942 - Spencer, Clay, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Jan 1962 - Audubon County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2007 - St. Luke Lutheran Home, Spencer, Clay County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Jul 2011 - Spencer, Clay, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Clay, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Keir, Robert McArthur
    Keir, Robert McArthur
    Thurmon King's database, citing Grace Keir.
    Email from Grace Keir to Sackett Mailing List, July 2011.
    Email from Grace Keir to Sackett Mailing List, January 2012.

  • Notes 
    • Age; 106 years, 1 month, 3 days. - [Grace Keir]

      Elected to Iowa State Senate 1941-1949

      Iowa Highway Commission 1949-1955 & 1961-1963

  • Sources 
    1. [S101] Grace Keir (Reliability: 3).
      born on a farm near Nemaha.

    2. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) (Reliability: 3), 16 Aug 2015.
      From Find A Grave Memorial# 73587940
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=73587940
      Robert M Keir
      Birth: Jun. 6, 1905
      Death: Jul. 9, 2011

      Robert M. Keir
      June 6, 1905 - July 9, 2011
      After a very long and productive life, Robert Keir passed away peacefully at the age of 106 at Longhouse Residence in Spencer on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

      Robert MacArthur Keir, son of Roy Keir and Zada Corsaut, was born June 6, 1905 near Nemaha, Iowa. Bob attended North School in Spencer through 5th grade. When his family returned to Sac County in 1917 he attended a rural school through 8th grade. Following graduation from Sac City High School in 1923, he went on to study Animal Husbandry at Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Ames, graduating in 1927. Upon graduation, he returned to farm with his father in Sac County. In 1933, he began farming in Riverton Township in Clay County.

      On February 6, 1935, Bob married Lana Grace Peeso, daughter of Louis B. Peeso and Flora Webb of Spencer. (Lana's grandfather, Melvin Peeso, was the first white man to build a general store.) Bob and Lana were parents to three sons: Richard Erle, twins, Kendall Webb and Wendell Louis, and a daughter Heidi. After the death of his wife Lana in 1960, he married Eileen Genevieve Claer, daughter of Patrick (P.J.) Claer and Mary Ellen Dailey, in 1962.

      In 1941, Bob became an active member of the Republican Party, at which time he was elected to the Iowa State Senate as the first Clay County person elected to represent Northwest Iowa in the Senate. He served two terms from 1941 to 1949. While in the Senate he was chair of the Appropriations Committee for two years. Following his tenure in the Senate, he served on the Iowa Highway Commission from 1949 through 1955, and later a second term from 1961-1963. He was also Director of Iowa Good Roads Association Inc. from 1963-1982. During this time he continued to farm southwest of Spencer.

      Bob actively participated in his Spencer community. He was involved in the Clay County Fair from 1933 with yearly attendance through 2010.

      He was President of the Clay County Fair from 1957-1966. He was the President of Clay County Farm Bureau from 1937-1939 and President of the Clay County Boy Scouts from 1942-1950. Bob served on the Clay County Board of Supervisors from 1963-1964 and 1973-1974. He was

      Clay County Clerk of Court from 1965-1973. He joined Golden Kiwanis in 1978, was President of the organization in 1985-1986, and attended the weekly meetings until recently. He was also very active in the 4-H clubs of Riverton Township for many years. As a life long member of the Grace United Methodist Church, he taught Adult Sunday School and served on numerous church committees for over 60 years.

      Bob Keir had a comprehensive sense of history of Spencer, Clay County, and the State of Iowa. He was directly involved in relevant policies from 1940 to 1974. Bob had the ability to identify the core issues in problems and was most willing to share his insights with humor and understanding to those who were interested. He was always eager to engage in conversations and lively discussions. He could easily recall his early childhood experiences and all those throughout his life. Bob's heart was attached to his farm, but he could be called a "Renaissance man" as he had many interests ranging from religion to agriculture to politics to highways to law and to fishing.

      Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Lana in 1960, his second wife Eileen in 1995, his son Kendall in 2006, and his sister Hazelle Schmuecker in 2007. He is survived by his children: Richard (Grace) Keir of Mankato, Minnesota, Wendell (Sherran) Keir of Spencer, Heidi (Ernie) Galer of Iowa City; his five grandchildren: Jason Keir, Natasha (Tom) Houselog, Kate Hawkins, Kara (Brent) Kimm, and Nathan (Sarah) Galer; and by his seven great grandchildren: Izabel and Ben Houselog, Morgan Hawkins, TJ and Shelby Kimm, and Dominik and Kai Galer.

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Golden K. Kiwanis, Longhouse Residence, Grace United Methodist Church, or Parker Historical Museum.


      Burial:
      Riverside Cemetery
      Spencer
      Clay County
      Iowa, USA

      Created by: Ron
      Record added: Jul 19, 2011
      Find A Grave Memorial# 73587940

    3. [S116] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3), 25 Oct 2016.
      Age 106
      Given Name Robert
      Surname Keir
      Birth Date 06 Jun 1905
      State Iowa
      Last Place of Residence Johnson, Iowa
      Previous Residence Postal Code 52246
      Event Date 09 Jul 2011

      "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JTLD-2Z4 : 20 May 2014), Robert Keir, 09 Jul 2011; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

      Researched by Ted Smith

    4. [S57] 1910 U.S. Census.
      1910 Census, enumerated 15 & 16 Apr 1910 in Delaware Township, Sac County, Iowa, United States

      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Roy E Keir Head M 28 Kansas
      Zala M Keir Wife F 30 Michigan
      Robert M Keir Son M 4 Iowa
      Not Named Keir Daughter F 2 Iowa

      "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MG9C-TN5 : 29 October 2015), Robert M Keir in household of Roy E Keir, Delaware, Sac, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 128, sheet 1A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,435.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    5. [S999] 1920 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 25 Oct 2016.
      1920 Census, enumerated 20 Jan 1920 in Douglas Township, Sac County, Iowa, United States

      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Roy Keir Head M 38 Kansas
      Zada Keir Wife F 40 Michigan
      Robert Keir Son M 14 Iowa
      Hazel Keir Daughter F 12 Iowa

      "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDMD-68W : 14 December 2015), Robert Keir in household of Roy Keir, Douglas, Sac, Iowa, United States; citing sheet 5B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,511.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    6. [S1440] Iowa State Census, 1925, (FamilySearch.org).
      1925 Census, enumerated in Sac County, Iowa, United States (the database says in Auburn-Early or Sac Township)

      Household Role Gender Age
      R E Keir Head M 43
      Zada Keir Wife F 44
      Robert Keir Son M 19
      Hazel Keir Daughter F 17

      "Iowa State Census, 1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKQ7-CL4Z : 23 August 2016), Robert Keir in household of Zada Keir, Sac Township, Sac, Iowa, United States; citing Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,429,539.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    7. [S937] 1930 U.S. Census.
      1930 Census, enumerated 14 Apr 1930 in Douglas Township, Sac County, Iowa, United States

      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Roy E Keir Head M 48 Kansas
      Zada Keir Wife F 50 Michigan
      Robert M Keir Son M 24 Iowa
      Hazelle M Keir Daughter F 22 Iowa

      "United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMVT-2BB : 8 December 2015), Robert M Keir in entry for Roy E Keir, 1930.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    8. [S814] 1940 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 25 Oct 2016.
      1940 Census, enumerated 17 Apr 1940 in Riverton Township, Clay County, Iowa, United States

      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Robert Keir Head M 34 Iowa
      Lana Keir Wife F 35 Iowa
      Richard Keir Son M 3 Iowa
      All (sic) are listed as living in same house in 1935

      "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMTP-1FP : accessed 25 October 2016), Robert Keir, Riverton Township, Clay, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 21-20, sheet 5A, family 85, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1148.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    9. [S269] U.S. Public Records, 1970-2009, (FamilySearch.org) (Reliability: 2), 25 Oct 2016.
      Name Robert Macarthur Keir
      Residence Date 01 Aug 2007
      Residence Place Spencer, Iowa, United States
      Birth Date 06 Jun 1905
      Phone Number (647) 814-0645
      Phone Number Recorded Date 25 Mar 2008
      Address 1301 Saint Luke Dr # W17
      Address Continued Spencer, Iowa 51301
      Address Date 01 Aug 2007
      2nd Address 12003 W 10th St
      2nd Address Continued Spencer, Iowa 51301
      2nd Address Date 01 Jun 2001
      3rd Address 2003 W 10th St
      3rd Address Continued Spencer, Iowa 51301
      3rd Address Date 14 Jun 1976-25 Mar 2008
      Possible Relatives Eileen Keir, Kendall W Mkeir, Kendall Webb Keir, Robert-Etal Keir
      Record Number 188249267

      "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KYB2-YKX : 23 May 2014), Robert Macarthur Keir, Residence, Spencer, Iowa, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

      Researched by Ted Smith

    10. [S830] Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, (https://familysearch.org) (Reliability: 3), 23 Oct 2016.
      Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934
      Name: Roy E. Keir
      Event Type: Marriage
      Event Date: 30 Apr 1902
      Event Place: Sac City, Sac, Iowa, United States
      Gender: Male
      Age: 20
      Birth Year (Estimated): 1882
      Spouse's Name: Zada Mary Corsant
      Spouse's Gender: Female
      Spouse's Age: 22
      Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1880

      https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XJ8G-7LN

      Researched by Thurmon King

    11. [S770] Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992, (https://familysearch.org/) (Reliability: 3), 23 Oct 2016.
      Name Roy E. Keir
      Spouse's Name Zada Mary Corsant
      Spouse's Birth Date 1880
      Spouse's Age 22
      Event Date 30 Apr 1902
      Event Place Sac City, Iowa

      "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XJP4-GPJ : 3 December 2014), Roy E. Keir and Zada Mary Corsant, 30 Apr 1902; citing Sac City, Iowa, reference 2:3D8NXBD; FHL microfilm 1,433,255.

      Researched by Ted Smith


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