Donald K Key

Born: Fri., Jun. 15, 1923
Died: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Dec. 23, 2017
Location: Reichard Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 23, 2017
Location: Lisbon Church

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Music by The Piano Brothers

UNION CITY  -   Donald K. Key, 94, passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving family on December 19, 2017. Donald was born June 15, 1923 to the late Herman V. & Grace Royer Key in Darke County, Ohio. Donald  graduated from Union City High School and served in WW2 with the Army. He owned and operated Key Plumbing & Heating and Key Air Service. Donald was a 68 yr. member of New Lisbon Christian Church, Kiwanis 32 Yrs., Barbershop Chorus, American Legion and V.F.W. all of Union City, Indiana. Donald enjoyed piloting his own plane, singing, playing guitar, and keeping up the farm.
  Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Madonna Key; children, Donna Lyn Key of U.C., IN, Nancy (Dave) Kading of Fargo, ND, Karen Key, Darlene Hutchison, and David Key all of Union City; step children, Melinda Carpenter of Winchester, IN, Joe (Kelli) Hueber of South Whitley, IN, Jennifer (Terry) McGuire of Stanton, VA; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; brother, Richard (Beverly) Key of Ft. Wayne, IN; special friends Deb Hollister and Jim Sheets.
   Preceded in death by his parents; 1st wife, Dakota (Neargarder) Key; grandson, Nathan Willis, 2 brothers, Delbert and Hubert Key; four sisters, Mary (Baker) Bemis, Jeannie Lewis, Carol Dickes and Alena Mong.
  Services are 11:00 A.M. Saturday Dec. 23, 2017 at the New Lisbon Christian Church. Visitation is 10-11 A.M. also at the church. Burial will follow in the New Lisbon Cemetery with Military Burial Rites conducted by the Randolph County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions can be made to Gideon Bible or State of the Heart Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at
The family would like to express our sincere thanks to State of the Heart of Greenville for the support and care given.

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Dick Key
   Posted Thu December 21, 2017
Although 8 years younger I had a closeness with Donald different from my other siblings and I think it was because of his love for music. I had one too but different because I lacked the talent for it. I remember once when I stopped by the First Christian Church that we attended and found him, Delbert, Hubert and Evelyn preparing a instrumental piece for a Sunday service. We had a regular group that commonly played in services but this was something special and not unexpected because music was part our lies and normally on our Howard Street front porch where any one, including various relatives and friends might be joining us in creating special memories and typical of Donald's influence in the family! I will always treasure such times.

Darrin Shook
   Posted Thu December 21, 2017
Please accept my condolence with the passing of Don. It was a pleasure to have known him.

Knowing of Donald's military experience in Germany and his recognition by ( ). I wanted to be sure they were aware of his passing. Below is the response to my message to them.

Darrin Shook

Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention.
I thought Donald Key was a wonderful man with deep caring for those who suffered during the Holocaust. I made the video tape with him on 1985.
Anyone who wishes to view him online can go to
Then to Donald Key.
Please extend our deepest sympathy to Donald’s family.
He will be missed!!

Renate Frydman

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