Keith David Kerbel, 67, died peacefully October 10, 2018 from complications of cancer
while surrounded by his family.
Keith was born in Sidney, MT to David and Sonja (Rud) Kerbel on December 14, 1950.
He and his family moved to Billings, MT his sophomore year of school. He graduated
from Billings Senior High in 1969, where he ran track and was named Montana
outstanding track star of the year. Due to his long fast legs, he w as a successful
sprinter which led to a scholarship to attend University of Montana. He continued his
education and competed in track, graduating with a Bachelors from the forestry school
in 1974. Because of his outstanding track career, Keith w as inducted into the U of M
Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
Keith met the love of his life, Lynette Bird, while in college. They married in 1972 and
created 46 years of wonderful memories together. He had three daughters, Stephanie,
Robin and Lindsey, which he loved with all his heart. He was a devoted father who was
always there for his “girls.” He was passionate about being involved in all the girls’
activities which ranged from music to dance to sports.
Keith had a fulfilling career with the Department of Natural Resources, first in Broadus
and then Miles City. He was promoted to manager of the Billings office in 1981 where
he enjoyed a long career. He was named employee of the year in 1991. After retiring,
he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for three years. He then followed his true
passions of golfing with anyone and everyone as well as socializing with his coffee and
beer buddies. Sports was a big part of his life, especially watching the Green Bay
Packers, rarely missed a game, and spending many hours playing fantasy sports. Keith
adored his five grandchildren and spoiled them every chance he had. He was the most
loving husband, father, papa and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Lynette, three daughters: Stephanie (David) Coe, Robin
(Robert) Ridgely, and Lindsey (John) Sutton and 5 grandchildren: Hanna & Cam eron
Coe, Taylor & Nicolas Ridgely and Fallon Sutton; his brothers and sister Jim, Mark and
Rhonda Kerbel, and their children; and his extended family, the Bird’s.
A memorial service will be held at Harvest Lockwood Campus, 1413 Rosebud, Billings,
MT 59101 on Monday, October 15 at 11:00 am followed by a lunch reception.
Memorials in lieu of flowers can be sent to Scramble 4 A Cure c/o Tyler Gardner, 19
Gardner Rd, Ashland, MT 59003, Relay for Life, or charity of your choice.
We thank the many doctors and nurses at St Vincent Hospital and Frontier Cancer
Center for their loving care.