Gilbert "Gib" Joseph Keiter

Monday, August 26th, 1929 - Friday, May 14th, 2021
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Gilbert “Gib” Joseph Keiter, 91, of Gardner, Kansas for 45 years and most recently of Olathe, Kansas passed Friday, May 14, 2021 at his home. Visitation will be Friday, May 28, 2021 at 9:30am, Rosary at 10:30 and Mass at 11:00, St. Paul Catholic Church, 21650 W 115th Terrace, Olathe, KS. Inurnment with military honors to follow at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 15800 S Hwy US 169, Olathe, KS 66062. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association or St. Paul Catholic Church building fund, Olathe, KS. Contact Bruce Funeral Home for donation information –

Gib was born on August 26, 1929 in Mt. Vernon, KS to Bernard Joseph and Josephine Veronica (Konecny) Keiter. He was the 5th of 9 children and grew up in Mt. Vernon, KS. He went to Saint Rose Catholic School through 8th grade but was not able to attend any further education due to the cost, helping with the family farm and World War II. He then took correspondence courses via mail from American School in Chicago, IL and received his GED in 3 years’ time. One of his passions was baseball. He went to the minor leagues in Wichita, KS and then turned down a chance to play for the Detroit Tigers in order to chase his other dream of flying when he joined the United States Air Force in 1951 when the Korean War was underway. He attended Radio Operator School, the Aviation Cadet Program and then served as a Fighter Pilot the remainder of the time. In his time in the Air Force flying jets, he earned the title of 2nd Lieutenant where he became a member of the Mach Buster’s Club when he exceeded the speed of sound in a USAF F-86 Sabre Jet. In 1955, he then joined the Kansas Air National Guard where he served for 6 ½ years and flew F80, F86, and F100 type aircraft and earned the title of Captain and Flight Leader. During this time he attended the University of Wichita and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree – Math major, in June of 1961. The next 30 years he worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Air Traffic Controller and Automation Specialist/Supervisor. Places of duty included Wichita Tower, Chicago Midway Tower, FAA Academy for 4 years as an instructor in Oklahoma City, OK and Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Olathe, KS. After his retirement he continued to work for the FAA as a contractor (DISC) for 10 years as a Lead Software Engineer/Site Manager. Other activities: 4-years on School Board of USD231, 3-years as AARP tax aide, High School Sacred Heart Religious Education Teacher 2-years, Divine Mercy Catholic Church Finance Committee 2-years as well as Church Executive Committee for an additional 2-years, volunteered with Catholic Charities in Olathe and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years with 11 of those years as Financial Secretary.
He married Barbara Arlene Swoyer in Wichita, KS on May 28, 1960 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Wichita, KS and was married for 61 years. They have 6 children - Kenneth B. (Liz) Keiter, Eudora, KS, Gerald B. (Christine) Keiter, Overland Park, KS, David F. Keiter, Overland Park, KS, Kathleen A. Smith, Osawatomie, KS, Cynthia M. (Michael) Paparella, Brighton, MI and Michael J. (Jamie) Keiter, Ottawa, KS – 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Gib was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Bernard Joseph Keiter, Josephine Veronica Keiter, Clement (Clem) Keiter, Edmond (Ed) Keiter, Rosella (Sally) Wolf, Juliana (Julie) Landwehr and Vincent (Vince) Keiter. He is survived by his wife Barbara Keiter, their 6 children and families, and his sisters, Bernetta (Bert) Lebrick, Manitowoc, WI, Thelma (Tez) Traffas and Marjorie (Marge) Blubaugh
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am
    St. Paul Catholic Church_
    21650 W. 115th Ter
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    Rosary at 10:30 a.m.
  • Service

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 11:00am
    St. Paul Catholic Church -
    21650 W. 115th Terr.
    OLATHE, KS 66061
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    Rosary at 10:30 am
  • Interment

    Mt Calvary Catholic Cemetery
    Hwy 169 & 159th
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    Inurnment with Military Honors


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Posted at 09:34am
With deepest sympathy, from your friends and family at USD 231.
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Steve and Louise Adamson

Posted at 02:03pm
Barb and family, our deepest sympathy to you all. Gib was a wonderful man, and great example for all of us to live up to.
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Betty Chanay

Posted at 12:44pm
I just now heard about Gib as we were out of town. Thank God for our faith and knowing where he is now. Bless your wonderful family with peace. Betty keller Chanay

Friends from the P1 St. Joe Office

Posted at 11:31am
With Deepest Sympathy on the Loss of your Father
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Chris Green

Posted at 08:33pm
Gib was my wife’s great uncle and he and Barb were always so kind and welcoming. He was, to me, an active and spritely man who was willing to share knowledge, food, and a smile. I’m so glad I had the pleasure of knowing him!

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