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Keith Leroy Krog

02/06/1932 - 01/24/2022

Keith Krog, 89 passed away peacefully at his residence in Mesa, Arizona on January 24, 2022. He was born to Peter and Jennie Krog in Chamberlin, South Dakota on February 6th, 1932.

Keith grew up in rural Buffalo County, South Dakota. He enjoyed farm life as the youngest of six siblings.  After graduating from High School, he entered the US Navy on January 11, 1951 and was deployed to serve aboard the USS Ozbourn during the Korean Conflict until he was honorably discharged on November 1st, 1954. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #16 in Gann Valley, South Dakota and also a Life Member of the Fraternal Order of Elks Apache Junction, Arizona #2349.

Upon returning from Korea in 1954, he met the love of his life, Ann (Blood) Allbright. They were married on October 10, 1954 and remained so until her death on July 29th, 2007.

Along with Ann’s young son, Phillip, they moved to the family farm in Buffalo County, South Dakota. They remained there until 1962. While there, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Brenda on October 12, 1960. They moved to Los Angeles in 1962. He worked for Southern California Gas Company for many years until his retirement, when he and Ann moved to Mesa, Arizona.

Keith was preceded in death by his wife Ann, his parents and five siblings, Dorothy Moss, Bernice Spencer, Kenneth Krog, George Krog and Betty Miskimins.  He is survived by his two children, Jerry Phillip Hawkins (Marta Holt) of Poulsbo, WA and Brenda Teply (Marvin) of Warrenton, MO, and ten grandchildren; Heather Chavez (Charles), Eric Hawkins (Laura), Michael Hawkins (Carrie), Candace Crofoot (Joshua), Nicholas Hawkins (Melissa), Benjamin Hawkins (Karrissa), Jonathon Hawkins (Jessica), Justin Rees (Rachel), Johnny Holloway (Jessica) and Jenifer Tucker (Cody), and eighteen great grandchildren.

Keith was a loving husband and father who believed no sacrifice was too great when it came to providing for and protecting his family.  He enjoyed camping and fishing and visiting friends and family. Keith was known by all to be a quiet, kind, patient man who would readily give a helping hand to anyone in need. Due to his friendly, gentle nature, he was loved and admired by many.

His legacy lives on through his loving family and he is deeply missed.


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Below is a poem I wrote for My beloved grandpa. I hope it brings a smile to your face and fills your heart just like Grandpa.

    In one word – chivalrous
    Opening doors
    Pulling out chairs
    Seeing to it your needs are meet
    In two words – Light hearted
    He was always cracking little jokes
    I can still hear his laughter today
    And just like my momma, always a smile on his face. (We get that honestly from him mom)
    In three words – Hard working man
    Years spent working for the gas company
    Long days on the farm to provide for the family
    And even though he has been retired for years he has been taking care his house and property.
    In four words – Lover of western shows
    As long as his beloved baseball team the Angels weren’t playing you would catch grandpa watching old western movies for the 100th time.
    Oh how he loved gun slinging, cowboys running, shoot out, action packed, black and white westerns.
    In one word he was – Grandpa
    Giver, lovable, happy go lucky but sometimes stubborn – Grandpa.

    By Jen Tucker

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