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Keith William Stirrat was born January 9th, 1968 to Dan and Anne Stirrat in “The Center of the Universe,” Berwyn, Illinois. Keith was the middle brother of the Notorious Stirrat Trio, flanked by older brother Dan, and younger brother Glenn… a trio that took great pleasure in tormenting the firstborn Stirrat sibling, Laura.
Keith went on to great fame on the streets of Berwyn, becoming a young paper route kingpin, his first and probably favorite job. He loved playing lob league pickup games at “Clark Park”, one of the many freedoms bestowed upon children who grew up in the seventies, with a mother tired of having three hooligans careening through her house. In high school, Keith became infamous for his exploits on and off the soccer field. Being an average student, with a quick wit and a smart mouth, earned Keith both the ire and affection of most of his teachers. Keith honed his Nicknaming talents in college at Illinois State University, making lifelong friends with names like Phantom, Slouch and Goof. He never used his Bachelors degree in Political Science, unless it was for the purpose of an argument. Working too many jobs over the years to list, but a brief sampling would include: driving a limo; a phlebotomist for the CDC; and Management for Food Distribution. Keith worked hard and took great pride in his work ethic.
The only things Keith loved more than arguing were his wife Mattie, and his daughter Hannah. His love for them manifested through numerous nonsense songs, written in the spur of the moment yet sung for years with unique, evolving choreography. He encouraged Hannah to be the best at every sport she tried and was happy to give her “helpful hints” from the sidelines. Though Keith seemed to take great pleasure in frustrating and irritating his two favorite girls, he never let his wife or daughter leave the house or hang up the phone without saying “I love you”.
Keith never met a stranger he couldn’t engage, often having meaningful conversations in public places with a person he did not know and would never see again. It surprised no one to hear of Keith giving a person released from jail a ride in the middle of winter because he saw the kid walking without a coat. People rarely had to ask Keith for help because he just offered his service when he overheard their plans.
A lifelong Blackhawks fan, and a recovering Sox fan, who saw the error of his ways and later in life became a Cubs fan. He enjoyed watching professional sports: football, baseball, bowling and soccer if only to have fodder for future arguments. Fishing was his happy place. Keith considered himself the former “World Class Biggest Splash Champion” having recently, unwillingly relinquished his title to Jackson Chadesh. He loved watching his nieces, nephews and cousins excel at their chosen sports. He took personal pride in his Goddaughter, Brianna, going to state for soccer…even dubbing her the “Best Stirrat Soccer Player of All Time”.
Keith leaves behind his wife, Mattie, daughter, Hannah Stirrat and her fiancé, Jeff More; Mother, Anne Stirrat; Sister, Laura, her husband, Jorge Zavala and son, Andres; Brother, Dan, his wife Jennifer and their three beautiful daughters Halee, Brianna and Ryan; Brother, Glenn, his wife Jenny and their three young children Gus, Wren and Bowie and Brother-In-Law, Jay Loomis, his wife Kim and their wrestling sons, Finn and Sawyer. Aunts, Uncles and Cousins too many to mention but so very important to him. He is preceded in death by his beloved father Dan, his God-parents, Aunt Susan and Uncle Jimmy Stirrat and both his maternal and paternal grandparents..
Keith would never want us to remember his last day…so take a moment to celebrate the time you spent with him; the inside joke he brought up every time he saw you; the random rant he subjected you to; the opinion he gave whether you requested it or not; the dance he dragged you into; or the tear-inducing laugh over nothing. Please forgive him for his final Keith Sneak.
Memorial Visitation Thursday, February 13th, 2:00pm-6:30pm at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home
Memorial Service Thursday, February 13th, 6:30pm at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home
My deepest and sincere condolences to Keiths wife and daughter, siblings and mom, and the rest of his family. Keith was a wonderful person who always looked at things on the bright side. Although we only worked a short time together, it felt like a lifetime. Thank you Keith for playing ball with my son, for our time on the road, fishing in Canada and sharing your stories with me. Rest in peace. Joe Karkosch
Joe Karkosch Sep 12 2020 11:22 PM
Absolute shock He was a great person Mattie please give me a call Martin Keane
M keane Aug 31 2020 12:47 PM
I learned today about my former customer then work associate and friend is now gone too soon. Thank you for this amazing tribute. Keith had a way of tapping into your feelings, thoughts, words, and your heart. His quick Look at that guy wit was condescending but always amusing. To Maddie, Hannah, his beautiful family and Neil Diamond my sincere condolences. God speed Keith!
Brian Isola Apr 16 2020 9:06 PM
Mattie and family Gloria and I are so very sorry to hear about Keiths passing. We just found out. If we would have heard sooner we would have been there. He was the best boss i ever had and a great friend.Im gonna miss talking to him.
Jim and Gloria Carson Feb 15 2020 5:11 PM
Keith, Thank you for being my friend. I will never forget you! Until we meet again
Thomas Dekant Feb 13 2020 9:37 PM
I went to ISU with Keith. I have wonderful memories. He was a big part of my life at that time. I am sorry we lost touch. Since I heard of his passing, the memories keep coming, none of them are bad! We shared a love of Neil Diamonds music, our group of friends also had a goofy dance to Cherry Cherry which I am sure he choreographed!! Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Kerrie (OConnor) Peterson Feb 13 2020 7:06 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with Keiths family at this very difficult time Keith was my boss at Reinhart and I really enjoyed working for him He always went out of his way to ask how I was or how my day was going He really knew how to make a bad situation or hard day seem ok just with a joke or smart remark He always had me laughing May he Rest In Peace I will miss you friend
Mike Sadowski Feb 13 2020 3:34 PM
We are the Mother and Father -in -Law of PHANTOM, previously mentioned , and we got to know Keith way back in their College Days when they were at ISU. He was the life of the party , with his charm and wit ! Through the years we continued celebrating great times and important events including wives and children . We extend our deepest condolences to Mattie , Hannah , and to all his family and friends who knew his love .
Carol and Lee Clouser Feb 13 2020 1:18 PM
My deepest and sincere condolences to Keiths wife and daughter, siblings and mom, and the rest of his family. Thanks for this wonderful remembrance I definitely recall Mr. Polz in Chemistry being both irked and amused. Keiths smile was like sunshine. May he Rest In Peace.
Nancy Kmak Berard Feb 13 2020 6:23 AM
I am so deeply sorry to hear about Keiths passing. Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers. Such a beautiful tribute to him.
Karen Peppers (Lukwinski) Feb 12 2020 7:06 PM