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Keith Chase, of Mora, formerly of Andover, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at his home. He was 61 years old.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held at 11:o0 am on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.

Keith Peter Chase of Mora, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly on May 5th, 2016 at his home in Mora. He was 61 years old.

Keith was born on September 25th, 1954 in the city of Kingston, Ulster County, New York to Harold and Olga (Vogt) Chase. He spent his childhood in the Catskill Mountains outside of Saugerties New York, the third of three siblings. He graduated from Kingston high school in 1973 and served in the United States Navy from 1974 to 1978. While stationed at Newport Naval Hospital, Newport Rhode Island, he met his wife Rachelle “Shelly” Russell. They were married on March 26th, 1977 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in her hometown of Eagle Grove, Iowa.

Keith attended the State University of New York, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics and a Masters of Business Administration in 1982. Keith and Rachelle made their home outside of Rochester, New York where he began a consulting career with Patton Consulting. They were blessed with two beautiful children Erik and Emily. Keith began working for Tandem Computers in 1986 with a move to Santa Clara, California. In 1989, the family moved to Andover Minnesota where they made their home for the next 20 years. Keith worked for Wells Fargo as an Auditor and Project Manager for a number of years and in 2007, he left the corporate world and went back to school, graduating with a Master’s degree in Drug and Alcohol counseling from Hazelton.

Keith spent the last part of his working career as a Drug and Alcohol counselor in South Minneapolis, Northeast Minneapolis and Mora, MN. He dedicated the last two decades of his life supporting the mission of Alcoholics Anonymous and helping others who were recovering from the disease of alcoholism. Keith would have celebrated 18 years of sobriety and recovery in September of this year. He loved sharing his journey with others and following the spiritual path of the twelve steps as his guide for living.

Keith enjoyed fishing, golfing and fast cars, but his greatest joy and his grandest accomplishment in life was always his family. He knew how blessed he was to have the love and support of his wife and family and he was so proud of his children, their spouses and his amazing grandchildren.

Keith had a joy for life and lived each day to the fullest. We will remember his beautiful smile, his wry sense of humor, the twinkle in his eye, and his warm and loving heart. His spirit is very much alive and present to all of us who had the privilege to know and love him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law Leo, his nieces; Elaine, Nikki and his brother-in-law Jon.

Keith is survived by his wife Rachelle, children Erik(Katie) Chase, Emily(Timothy) Norris; grandchildren, Isabella Chase, Evan Anderson, Maximus Norris, Baby Norris; sisters Cindy(Allen) Chamberlain, Lolly Chase; mother-in-law, Louise Russell; in-laws; Jackie(Rick) Lockwood, Tony(Mary) Russell, Andy(Marilyn) Russell, Paulette Cirksena, MaryBeth Russell, Pat(Laurie) Russell, Paul Russell, Susie(Craig) Long; nieces Brianna, Amanda, Melanie, Alison, Angie, Suzanne, Sarah, Kailee, Alexis ; nephews Adam, Ben, Mathew, Joshua, Kelly, Mark, Jason, Bryce, Nathan, Nick, Cody and so many other family and friends.

25 thoughts on “KEITH P. CHASE”

  1. So very sorry for your loss. Keith has been an inspiration to me and my boys. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Condolences to your family at this time of sorrow from a Hazelden Grad School classmate.

  3. Rachelle,
    So very sorry for your loss. Getting to know Wayne last weekend was very special, and now this untimely event makes it that much more special. Sue and I are grieving with you and your family, and our prayers and thoughts are with you. If there is anything that we can do for you, please, please let us know.

    All our Love,
    Fred & Sue

  4. As a very young girl I met this little boy on the farm. What fond memories of us all at Grandma & Grandpa Vogt’s farm. I was closer to Cindy’s age and Lolly’s so I knew them better along with your mom & dad. My heart is broken with the news that your sister shared with me. I know you are now in Heaven with our Lord and your love ones. May you rest in peace. God bless you and your family.

    Your cousin~~Sharon Vogt Keogh

  5. I am so sorry for your family’s loss and for yours. I am sending you comfort and peace. Too young, too soon.

  6. I am so sorry. Be good to yourself. Pull family and friends close. Now that you are all loved and supported.

  7. I am sorry to learn of Keith’s passing. I appreciated his kindness, intelligence, and service to those who suffered from addiction. He was a caring man. My condolences.

    Brad Herman

  8. Rochelle and kids, I am shocked to hear of Keith’s passing I just cannot believe it. My heart is crying for you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Keith was special and I feel your loss. I have so many great memories of you Rochelle and Keith. Love and prayers, Gerri Deriemaeker.

  9. Dear Rachelle and family,
    My very deep sympathy to you at this very sad time! Prayers for comfort and strength! Prayer, family and friends, and your special memories will help get you through the days ahead!! Take one day at a time and some days you will take it minute by minute and hour by hour!!
    DiAnna Thingelstad

  10. Rachelle & family: My heart goes out to you all at this time of great loss. Acceptance and gratitude will get you through the tangled, weaving, web of grief. I will see you at the funeral. May Keith’s love and devotion to you all sustain you. Hugs… Vicky Anderson

  11. Rachelle and Family, What an absolute shock to hear of Keith’s passing. We have very fond memories of Keith over the years that we will carry in our hearts forever. Keith will be greatly missed….know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dave and Dawn Pritzl

  12. Rachelle and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. While I knew Keith mainly through conversations vs in person, it’s obvious he had a passion for helping others. I hope his memory, and those he served, ease your loss over time.

  13. Such a tragic loss for you and your family as well as the fellowship. On the two occasions I met Keith he was gracious and funny at once. Take solace in the wonderful life you had together. Doris and I will see you tomorrow.

  14. Keith was a very outgoing man!! I am blessed to have known him. I feel like I have known him a life time ! Comfort to the whole family.

  15. Dearest Rachelle and family. I am at a loss for words on Keith’s passing. You both have been close friends in this journey of life. I to this day have fond memories of our days in Newport. Please accept my deepest sincere condolences to you and your children.

  16. Shelly and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. It is hard to lose your husband and father so early in life.. My God sustain you until you find your footing again.

  17. Shelly and family, Larry Walker told me the bad news about Keith. I remember hanging out with you two occasionally in Newport when we were in the Navy so long ago. I mostly remember that you two were so happy together. And now, literally a lifetime later, after all this time, I heard this sad news and read this obituary, and I see you two have spent your lives together and have a family. I’m sad to hear the news of his passing. Please know you are in my prayers. Just as an aside, I never new that Keith was from Kingston, and the Catskill Mountains, where I grew up and continue to live to this very day. He was just a couple of years older than me and we probably crossed paths before the Navy shortened our hair. I have to say I’m proud of Keith and the work he has done for himself and others in the field of alcoholism and addiction. What a full life you two have had. The world will seem less hospitable without him around. Mike Clarke, Boiceville, NY

  18. Shelly so sorry for your lost. Just thinking about the time we spent together in Newport. Your in my thoughts and prayers

  19. I’m so sorry for your loss Rachelle. I’m praying for you and your family. I have many nice memories talking with Keith when he was waiting to pick you up from work. Just so sorry.

  20. Dear Chase family

    My wife (Mary Tonn Fisher) and myself (Steve Fisher) were corpsmen with Keith in Newport RI. We have lost a dear member of our Navy family. Our prayers are with Rachelle and all the family.

  21. I am Absolutely heartbroken at the loss of Keith. I only had the privilege of meeting him once, but in that small amount of time, he clearly had a passion for life and left a lasting impression on me. His family is in my heart and prayers.

  22. I am sorry for the loss of a great leader in the community, husband to my dear friend and his family,

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