Keith John Ferderer, 56, Bismarck, passed away January 26, 2023, at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck.
Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM, Saturday, Feb. 4, at Parkway Funeral Service, with a prayer service and time of sharing starting at 2:30 PM. 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck.
A gathering will take place at 4:00 PM, at the Quality Inn (the old Comfort Inn,) 1030 E Interstate Ave, Bismarck.
Burial will take place a later date.
Keith was born Jan. 7, 1967, in Bismarck to Edward and Ida (Roll) Ferderer. He grew up on the family farm east of Bismarck and attended Cathedral grade school and St. Mary’s high school. He enjoyed playing basketball during his school years. When not on the farm he would help out at his mother’s home in town. He loved the Bismarck history and the area he grew up in.
Keith took great pride in farming with his dad during his youth. He later went on to follow in his brothers’ footsteps and went into HVAC. He worked for his brother at Gary’s Heating and Air, Advanced Mechanical, and finally, IGOE Heating and Air. He traveled from North Dakota to Texas during his careers for farming and HVAC. He took his jobs seriously and always made sure they were done right.
He was proud of his many accomplishments including HVAC, fixing pretty much anything, gardening, canning (pickles and jellies), cooking, smoking foods on his smoker, and even his scrap metal collection. Keith was a lover of animals, music, fixing vehicles, Case tractors, and many other things. You name it, he could fix it. He had a memory and knowledge like no other. Names, dates, local history, HVAC, the list could go on and on. He was quick witted and could throw a wise crack. His mom would ask him “Don’t you ever sleep? Doesn’t your brain turn off at night?”
Keith was a staunch Republican and would debate anyone on politics. He took up camping later in life and enjoyed driving his red Corvette. He loved to share his experiences and invite others along. He was a dear friend to many and would help out if and when needed. He would offer his knowledge and assistance to even a stranger. He loved with all of his heart and especially missed his family members who had passed, and his best friend, Petey. Keith was a working man, but his friends were tight. He will always be held very dear to those many hearts.
He had a way with words and once told a friend “Don’t be sad about someone passing, they wouldn’t want you to be sad. They would want to see you happy.” He said many times that he lived a good life.
Keith, as your dad said to you, “You are simply the best.”
Keith shared his life with six siblings, an older brother, Gary; and four sisters, Eileen, Judy, Laurie, and Nora. He is also survived by nieces, Ramie Quiroz and Danielle Jenson; and nephew, Brandon Jensen. Keith cherished his connections with family, friends, and his “Maggie.” He kept in contact with many extended family members and enjoyed sharing old memories.