Keith A. Warmkessel, Sr., 51, of Laurys Station, died Monday, May 11, 2009 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Born in Allentown on November 5, 1957, Keith was the son of Dorothy K. (Wisser) Warmkessel of Allentown and the late Curtis J. Warmkessel. He was employed as a lead man at East Penn Mfg. Co., Inc.(Deka) in Lyons for the last 10 years. Prior to that, he faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. for 20 years with a rank of Staff Sergeant.

Survivors: Mother; sons, Keith A. Warmkessel, Jr. of Walnutport, Curtis W. Warmkessel of Laurys Station; daughter, Teresa A. Warmkessel of Wrightwood, California; brother, Ronald L. Hixson of Allentown; sisters, Judy A. Minnich of Long Pond, Diane S. Hinkle of Allentown, Terri A. George of Mohrsville; companion, Pat E. Jroski of Allentown; four grandchildren, Keith III, Amanda, Michael and Ozerin; predeceased by brothers, James C. Hixson and Curtis J. Warmkessel, Jr.

Services: Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2009 in the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville. Family and friends may call 7:00 - 8:30 -p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow the service at St. John's U.C.C. Cemetery, Laurys Station.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to POW / MIA Memorial Gifts c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box # 196, Schnecksville, PA 18078-0196.

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Curtis and Family

Mary Mink    05-14-2009

I am so sorry for your loss of Keith. I only Kew him for a few years but he seemed like a very nice man.


Robert Sanders    05-14-2009

I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family. I came to
know Keith by working with him for several years. He always had a smile and was quick with a joke.He
was a good person and friend.
Keith will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched.
God Bless .


Jessika Minnich    05-14-2009

Uncle Keith,
I'm glad that I was able to be there with you for the past 2 weeks of your time here. You fought hard and now you don't have to fight anymore. I love you and I'm very proud to have had such a strong Uncle.
I'll see you again one day.

SSGT Keith Warmkessel final ro

Chester & Ginger Mankowski    05-14-2009

May 13, 2009
We are sorry for your loss of your Father/Brother/Best Friend. After reading his life accomplishments, we wanted to share this poem to help ease your grief. Keith's dedicated service to the USA while preserving our freedom has not gone unnoticed. We are certain he stands at attention, beside Jesus, now guarding Heaven's gates.
"Final Roll Call"

"Did you hear the sad news today?
A brave American Soldier, SSGT Keith A. Warmkessel, Sr.has passed away.
Called by the Supreme Commander over all.
Today he has made his final roll call.

Come Brothers-In-Arms; let us reverently bow and pray
For our valiant comrade, who has fallen this day.

I will miss you keith

Brian Belskie Jr.    05-14-2009

Keith was my supervisor/boss at deka batteries. Keith was the best boss i ever had. He was so genuine. There was always a smile on his face when i worked with him. I learned many things about my job from him. He taught me how to figure of the machines myself instead of always asking for help. To me, keith was the kind of guy who could be a boss and your friend at the same time, because he could joke with you like he's just another one of the boys, but at the same time he had the knowledge and patience of a boss. I remember the last time that i saw him was when we got laid- off and he shook all of our hands and assured us that it was no fault of ours and that we did a fantastic job...The world doesn't get many good guys like keith anymore,and sadly,it seems like its always the good ones that have to go...
I will miss you keith. God bless you and god bless your family.
-Brian Belskie Jr.

Former Wife

Tamie Potter (Warmkessel)    05-15-2009

I was very fortunate to have been a part of Keith




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