Keith R. Julson
Keith R. Julson, 80, Northwood, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Health Center, Mason City. surrounded by his family. A funeral will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, at First Lutheran Church, Northwood, with Rev. Kent Mechler of Good Shepherd officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Rest Cemetery, Northwood. Military honors will be presented by the Our Buddies Memorial VFW Post # 6779 and the active Navy Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, April 5, at Conner Colonial Chapel, Northwood.
Keith Ronald Julson was born Feb. 27, 1938 to Irving and Velma (Leisure) Julson in Albert Lea, Minn. He grew up in Northwood, graduating from Northwood High School in 1956. He was an active member of the Army National Guard, and following graduation served in the United States Navy Marine Corps until honorable discharge in 1961.
On Aug. 18, 1960, Keith married the love of his life, Shirleen Knutson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. To this union four children were born: Wendy, Dan, Steven and Kathy.
For many years Keith worked for the City of Northwood, and eventually found work as a janitor at the Worth County Courthouse until his health forced him to retire in 1975.
Following his retirement, Keith found enjoyment in walking around town. He could often be found walking with his cat, exploring the area. He was an avid reader of his Bible, going through multiple versions due to the use they received. He believed he had read it cover to cover at least seven times. Another of Keith’s loves was going for drives; whether the destination be unknown, to his fishing spots, or out to eat, time in the car was cherished. His biggest enjoyment in life was found in his family-spending time with his grandchildren, going to their sporting events, fishing, and just being together.
Keith was an active member at First Lutheran Church, Northwood, a former member of the Army National Guard, and was honored to be a United States Navy Veteran.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Shirleen, Northwood; children Wendy (Richard) Davis, Waterville, Minn.; Dan Julson, Northwood; Kathy (Gene) Eilertson, Northwood; and daughter-in-law, Kim Hennigar, Northwood; grandchildren; Rich Davis, Levi Eilertson, Tyler, Hannah, and Hunter Julson, and Sara Rienhardt; great-grandchildren: Addie, Max, and Cole; a sister, Kay (Richard) Fiebelkorn, Austin, Minn.; honorary family members, Maria, Joe, Leticia, Alicia, Shayna, Blake, Gary, and Bryson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Irving and Velma (Leisure) Julson; son, Steven Julson; brother, Donald Julson; and parents-in-law, Selmer and Martha Knutson.