ARVADA, Colo. -- Leon Conrey Keyes, 65, died Friday (June 27, 2003) in Arvada, Colo.
He was born Nov. 2, 1937, in North Platte.
On June 26, 1985, he married Shirley Walkenshaw in Golden, Colo.
He owned a construction company and numerous nightclubs in the Denver, Colo., metropolitan area, including Thornton, Colo. He was a country-western singer and was inducted in the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame. Later in life, he owned a car dealership in Trenton and Lexington.
He was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge in Denver and Lexington and was a member of the Methodist church.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley of Lexington; one daughter, Cherilyn and husband, Bob Vaughn of Westminster, Colo.; one son, Kevin and wife, Debra Keyes of North Hollywood, Calif.; two step-daughters, Tammy Schoenauer of Piccayune, Miss., and Deb Carson of Trenton; three step-sons, Don and wife, Tammy Walkenshaw of Grand Ronde, Ore., Steven Walkenshaw of Kingston, N.Y., and Larry Schoenauer of Piccayune; one brother, Gary Keyes of Arvada; two sisters, Myra Duvel of Nebraska and Harriet "Tots" Lorenzini of Alliance and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Thursday, 10 a.m., at Crownhill Cemetery in Denver with Masonic Rites.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be given in his name to Shriners Hospital.
Newcomber Family Mortuary and Crematorium of Lakewood, Colo., is in charge of the arrangements.