Keith Edward Gill


December 24, 1947 – November 9, 2020

  • Keith Edward Gill
    Keith Edward Gill

Keith Edward Gill, 72, of Avon passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

A private Funeral Mass was held at St. Vincent Catholic Church in Springfield with burial to follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Peters Funeral Chapel in Avon was in charge of arrangements.

Keith was born December 24, 1947 in Mobridge, the son of Matt and Lavina (Vereide) Gill. He grew up in Isabel, where he graduated from high school in 1966. He continued his education at Northern State University to complete a Bachelor of Education degree.

Keith taught in Kadoka and Avon and also enjoyed coaching volleyball, girls basketball and wrestling.

Keith joined the SD Army National Guard and devoted 37 1/2 years to his country, serving from June of 1970 to December of 2007.

Keith also served his community of Avon as mayor and was proud of his accomplishments while serving.

Keith married Darcy Olney on November 8, 1975 at Kadoka. To this union three children were born: Seth, Brian and Ann.

Keith will be remembered for his love for his kids and grandkids, spending time at the river (especially the Running Water area), cruising around in his Corvette, and playing cribbage. He also loved going to Sturgis on the motorcycle with Darcy.

Thankful for having shared his life are his wife of 45 years, Darcy Gill of Avon; three children: Seth (Yellow) Gill of Avon, Dr. Brian (Mariah) Gill of Spearfish and Ann (Luke) VenOsdel of Springfield; seven grandchildren: Chaunci, Sophia, Talitha, Ava, Cora, Mason and Breeley; one great-grandson, Kamden; father-in-law Richard “Bud” Olney; his brothers: Marvin, Darrell (Kay), and Roy; brothers-in-law Mike Olney, Mitch (Deb) Olney, Matt (Deb) Olney, and Meade (Rose) Olney; sisters-in-law Linda Jablinske, Darla (Steve) Schueth, Lori Olney (Ann), and Colleen (Rich) Hildebrand; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law Norma Olney, sister-in-law Nadine Gill, and brother-in-law Mike Jablinske.