Keith Owen Rockhold

Keith Owen Rockhold, 85, of Centropolis, Kansas, entered his heavenly mansion Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, from Vintage Park at Baldwin City.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Union Cemetery, Centropolis. Family will meet with friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. The family suggests memorial contributions to Centropolis Christian Church c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067.  Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Keith’s Tribute Wall at

Keith was born on Dec. 24, 1935, at Baldwin City, Kansas, the son of Ernest Arthur and Frances (Tucker) Rockhold. He was a lifelong Centropolis area resident. He graduated from Baldwin High School with the class of 1953.

Keith was united in marriage to Patricia Joan Myers July 22, 1956, at Centropolis. She preceded him in death on Aug. 4, 2005. He married Eva (Newland) Coates Dec. 18, 2005, at Worden, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Keith was a lifelong, hardworking dairyman/farmer. He also drove a tractor trailer mostly hauling grain for local farmers from the late 1980s until his retirement in 2018.

He was a member of the Worden United Methodist Church, Worden, Kansas, and served 25 years on the church board and as church treasurer. He also attended Centropolis Christian Church.

Keith loved working with his cattle and when dairy farming received several dairy awards. He liked running his tractor and working in his side by side, and always enjoyed having something to do. He loved seeing his grandchildren and always looked forward to the time spent with family.

Keith was also preceded in death by two sons, Dale and Kenneth Rockhold, his parents and brother, Clare “Rocky” Rockhold.

Survivors also include four children, Joan Kay Williams (Larry), of Ottawa; Glenn Rockhold (Tammy), of Pomona; Teri Lynn Kaub, of Blue Springs, Missouri; Cecil Rockhold (Cheryl), of Ottawa; five stepchildren, David Coates (Gloria), Blue Mound, Kansas; Brenda L. Roberts (Kenny), of Ottawa; Don Coates (Diane), of Ottawa; Barb Goff (George), Baldwin City; Dan Coates, Baldwin City; sister, Ann Suddarth (Richard), of Wellsville; 10 grandchildren, Michael Williams, of Ottawa; Christopher Williams, of Ottawa; Charlie Rockhold, of Pomona; Jill Nitcher (Andrew), of Pomona; Kandace Nellessen (Tim), of Frontenac; Brian Kaub, of Blue Springs, Missouri; Jessica Rockhold, of Ottawa; Cassandra Harman (Bryant), of Centropolis; Laiken Rockhold, of Baldwin City; Hunter Melby (Cole), of Reno, Nevada; eight great-grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Posted online on February 24, 2021