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Walter Keith Peoples

April 10, 1928 January 7, 2019
Walter Keith Peoples
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Walter Keith Peoples

Keith Peoples (don't call him Walter if you want him to answer), aged 90, passed peacefully in his own home January 7 2019 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was born 10 April 1928 in Meeteetse Wyoming the son of Evart W. & Lois Fern (Bennion) Peoples. Keith grew up in Meeteetse & went through all his school years there. He was the Quarterback of the Meeteetse High School football team all 4 years & was voted the boy to most embody the Spirit of Meeteetse High. He studied Architecture at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 & sent with his unit, the 409th Engineer Brigade, to Pusan Korea. He served there as Motor Pool Sargent & made lifelong friends during that time. On January 21, 1953 he married the love of his life Katherine “Katie” Van Dyke. They moved to Coeur d'Alene Idaho in 1954 & had 3 children. Except for a couple years working on the Wyoming oil rigs as a roughneck, Keith worked all his life in construction. He was a Master Carpenter who loved doing the finish work that required so much skill & an eye for beauty. He worked for Phillips Construction as Foreman for many years building Post Offices in many states. He also built the Nani Kai Hale condominium in Kihei Maui Hawaii while living there with his family. While on Maui Keith enjoyed having the ocean outside his front door. He took full advantage of being able to swim, dive, fish, catch lobster, watch the whales & dolphins play & be on Hawaiian time.

Keith & family moved back to Coeur d'Alene in December of 1972 to begin working for Idaho Forest Industries as Construction & Land Development Manager. He retired from IFI to begin his life of travel & enjoying family & friends. He snow-birded for many years at Almar Acres in Desert Hot Springs California. He loved his time there & the many dear friends he made. Talking with his friends at happy hour or in the hot tub & pool or just cruising around the park in his golf cart made his years there precious to him.

He had so many hobbies & interests it would be impossible to list them all but whatever caught his interest he became master of. His very favorite though was being a pilot with his own plane. He LOVED to fly. A few other favorites where wine making, morel hunting, fishing, flint knapping & silver jewelry making. He loved helping others. Keith always said that if someone could figure out how to make something, he could figure out how to fix it, and he did.

Keith is preceded in death by his parents, wife Katie & sister Madelyn (MAP) Wilcock. He is survived by his daughter Vicki Peoples of Hayden Lake, son Doug (Sue) Peoples of Post Falls, daughter Sandy Saffeels of Coeur d'Alene along with his much loved grandchildren Lindsey, Mike, Jenny, Jessie, Cody, Kevin & great grandchildren Payton, Shayla, Jackson, Logan & a new little one that will arrive later this year. Also a large extended family with in-laws, nieces & nephews. He had many great friends he considered to be part of his family. He is also survived by his beloved cat Angel who worshiped her dearest person.

At Keith's request there will be no services. He hated people sitting around being sad but he loved a big happy party with his family & friends so we will do be doing that Saturday June 8th 2019 at the Eagles Park on 15th Street in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. We will be reminding people as it gets closer & truly hope everyone who knew & loved him will be able to come & celebrate the incredible life of our Dad Keith Peoples.

Memorial donations in his memory can be made to: Kootenai Humane Society PO Box 1005 Hayden ID 83835 or online at:

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