Keith Lee Thrift, 72, of Bridgewater, SD, died Monday, January 20, 2020, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, SD.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, January 24, 2020 at Trinity Community Church in Bridgewater. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Bridgewater City Cemetery. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Keith Lee Thrift was born on April 28, 1947 in Redwood Falls, MN to Thruman Thomas and Elsie (Forsch) Thrift. When he was three, his family moved by Bridgewater, SD. At age 14, Keith lost his father in 1962. After graduating from Emery High School, he started doing what he loved, farming.
Keith married Mary Pietz on October 9, 1976. They lived a half mile south of the home place, where Keith continued working on the farm and doing dairy. In 1990, they moved their family back to the home place where he remained. Keith was great at fixing cars, tractors, and anything you could name. He was in his own world.
Keith served as the Township Clerk from 1980 until his death.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary Thrift; their two children, Brian Keith Thrift and Kevin Lee (Kimberly) Thrift; two grandchildren, Taylor Nicole Thrift and Tanner Lee Thrift; two step-grandchildren, Travis and Tyler Mentele.
He was preceded in death by his parents.