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In Remembrance of Keith V Joslen

29 February, 1936 ~ 9 March, 2011
Dallas, OR, United States

Message from Tim Joslen:

" Welcome to this site and thanks for visiting.  The sole purpose of creating this site is to show my father respect and for the many people that want an opportunity to express their love for dad.  Please feel free to write thoughts, comments, a special story etc. in any length that you like. 
Most people visiting this forum know that there were many things that made him the wonderful and respected man that he was and will continue to be in the minds of those who loved him.   I would be grateful for you to help me honor him with words or pictures so his ministry and legacy continues.  On behalf of myself, my mother Jewell, my sisters Gayla, Anna and Elizabeth and the entire extended family,  Thank you and God bless you.
Tim Joslen "


Gresham resident Keith V. Joslen died suddenly March 9 2011,of a stroke. He was 75. Memorial service will be held at 2 PM Wednesday March 16 at Wood Village Baptist Church.

Keith was born February 29, 1936 in Dallas Oregon to Fred and Elsie Joslen.

Keith moved from Portland Oregon, where he attended Benson Tech, to Klamath Falls before his 11th grade year. He attended Klamath Union High School where he met his future wife Jewell Ann Larson. Keith enjoyed the hunting and fishing of the Klamath Falls area and later spent much time at the family cabin on Diamond Lake in Central Oregon.

Keith married his high school sweetheart in 1957 and were lifetime partners and lovers up until Keith’s death. Keith graduated from Chico State University in 1960 with a BA in secondary industrial arts education and was a Portland public school teacher from 1960 – 62. He also was a graduate of Multnomah School of the Bible’s (Now Multnomah University) graduate program in 1962.

In 1962 Keith and his wife joined Arctic Missions Inc. (Now InterAct Ministries) a non-denominational mission, and served for 20 years in Alaska. The first two years were in a small Indian Village of Tanana on the Yukon river close to the arctic circle in Alaska’s interior. Keith and Jewell served the Indian people in any way they could while they Pastored the mission’s local church for 2 years.

In 1964 Keith moved his family to Victory High School, a boarding school 95 miles northeast of Anchorage. The school was founded to specifically train and instruct Alaska’s young native young people to be leaders and Christian examples in their villages. Keith taught shop and Bible classes amongst others and also served as Principal and Administrator for 3 of his years there. Keith and Jewell left Alaska in 1982 and moved to Oregon where they remained. Keith served as Principal at Bible Baptist Christian School in Klamath Falls for 4 years before moving to Albany where he was Principal of Fairview Mennonite School . Keith retired from teaching in 1993. Keith then played a supporting role to Jewell who was the Director of Woman’s ministries at First Baptist Church in Medford while Keith served part time as Director of Fellowship ministries.

In 1998 Keith semi-retired and he and Jewell moved to Gresham to be closer to family. Keith kept busy working part time for his son and investing his time, energy and love into his entire extended family. He also spent time ministering to those not as physically blessed in the local nursing homes. Keith’s love for his grandchildren was evident by his attendance at their numerous music, sporting and other events. Keith enjoyed golfing, following the Trail Blazers and sports in general as hobbies.

Keith is survived by his four children. Gayla Houston of Hilo Hawaii, Anna Elzinga of Federal Way Washington, Tim Joslen of Vancouver Washington and Elizabeth Marston of Seaside Oregon. Keith also had 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Love Your Neighbor Ministry, a ministry to people in Health Care Settings. PO Box 1886 Gresham OR 97030-0569


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