CHARLESTON, IL – Keith D. Malcom, age 65 of Charleston, Illinois went to his Heavenly Home to be with Jesus on Saturday, March 30, 2013 while a patient at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Visitation for family and friends will be held Friday evening, April 5, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Salisbury Church, 2350 Madison Avenue in Charleston. Services honoring and celebrating his life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Salisbury with Pastor Scott Sims officiating. Interment will follow in the Washington Street Cemetery located in Casey, Illinois. Keith’s family suggests casual attire for those attending. It is requested that any thoughtful donations in his honor be made to the Crisis Pregnancy Center located at 260 W. Locust Avenue in Charleston or to the Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center which assists youth and adults with special needs through the use of horses and is located at 18146 ECR 750 N in Charleston. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or service, or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Keith was born at home in rural Casey, Illinois on February 7, 1948, a son of Harold and Virginia (Ashby) Malcom. He was a graduate of Charleston High School “Class of 1966”. He married Jarvis Hickenbottom on August 18, 1968 and they have shared 44 wonderful years of marriage and friendship. Keith honorably served his country for six years in the Army National Guard achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1973 Keith proudly began serving his community through the Charleston Fire Department as a firefighter. He retired in 1999 as Battalion Chief of the “Black Shift”, which he fondly referred to as the “Black Sheep” following more than 26 years of service. Following his retirement Keith spent several joyful years working at CCAR.
Keith was a stand-up guy who was known for his sense of humor, pranks, and an endless desire to help others. He was a devoted Christian, worshiping at the First Church of God in Charleston. His faith in the Lord led him to volunteer his time on the board of directors of the Crisis Pregnancy Center, as well as proudly being able to assist with Habitat for Humanity. Keith’s pride and joy was his family – he was always his children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan. Keith’s interests were very diverse, he loved shooting guns, riding motorcycles, frequenting tractor pulls, Winterjam, boating, baling hay, and family cookouts. No matter what Keith was doing, he always made it fun and with him around, it was guaranteed to be entertaining.
Keith and Jarvis made their home three miles east of Charleston in the house they built and where they raised their three children. Keith is survived by his devoted wife, Jarvis; his daughter Shanan, her husband Bill and their three sons, Conner, Kasey and Cody; his son Travis; and his daughter Amanda; a sister Penny Allen and her husband Terry; and his father Harold Malcom. He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents, Harry and Opal Malcom and Ralph and Frances Ashby.
Keith’s memorial website is available at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com where condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on obituaries.