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Harry "Pete" Keator


Harry B. Keator “Pete” of Kerhonkson entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. Pete was born on November 12, 1933 the son of the late Harry E. and Florence D. (Barringer) Keator.


He served in the U.S. Army in Korea in 1954. He was a member of the Samsonville United Methodist Church. Along with being an especially talented auto mechanic, he was a great race car driver, hunter, fisherman, and most importantly a wonderful and true friend to many. After owning and operating the Arcadia Mobil Station, he worked for many years through many owners at the Ford Garage in Kerhonkson, later at the Foordmore Dairy and then retired from the Town of Rochester Highway Department.


He was predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years Inez Rothberg Keator. He is survived by his daughter Mary and son-in-law Jerry VanSteenburg, and his loving partner Evelyn Yerkes and her sons Renaldo, John, Jerry, Shawn and daughter Ronnett. Also surviving are his Aunt Betty Rose of Belleview, FL, several nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved pets Jake, Sam, Boogie and Gracie.


Visiting hours will be held Friday, April 12th from 5-8pm at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 42nd St., Kerhonkson. A service will be Saturday the 13th at 10:30am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Pine Bush Cemetery, Kerhonkson.


In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Samsonville United Methodist Church or your favorite animal shelter.

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Dear Mary & Jerry, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I never met your dad I feel in some way Imknew him through you by your actions and deeds.  The apple never falls far from the tree. We hope your tears will fade and be replaced with fond memories.

Renee & Phil Apr 16 2013 12:00 AM

Mary and family, We're sorry for your loss of a great stockcar racer.   May God speed your healing knowing he's in a better place  racing with all the other racecar driver thats past on before him. Love and Hugs Frankie and Cindy Bush.

Frankie and Cindy Bush Apr 13 2013 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to the Keator family.  May God provide the family with strength during this time of sorrow; and may you all find comfort in his promise soon to come (John 5:28,29).

Nadia Apr 12 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Mary & Jerry:  "Your suffering may make an Angel weep into her wings, but it will never make her walk away"
Love you

Francine Apr 12 2013 12:00 AM

our prayers go out to all for we lost one of the BEST ford machanics and the BEST stock car racer of the 60s and 70s ... now Pete you have another course to run and we know you will be there ... for one day we will all join you in that big track up above ... god bless

Bill Barringer Apr 11 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Mary-
I'm so sorry for your loss.  My heart is with you and Jerry and your family.  Thinking of you.
Love Abbie

Abbie Duchon Apr 11 2013 12:00 AM

Mary - Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My condolences to you and your family.

Iris Mead Apr 11 2013 12:00 AM

Mary and Jerry I am so very sorry to hear about your loss.  My prayers are with you both.  Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

Maria Mannino Apr 11 2013 12:00 AM

Mary and Jerry,

       I am very sorry for the sudden loss of your father.  I guess without night we would never know what the light of day is.  The amount of pain you feel today is only there because of the tremendous love I'm sure you had for your father and your father for you.  Unfortunately the emotions come in pairs.

Be comforted in the promise of God, everlasting life with him.  Joyfully celebrate your Dad's life through your life as a tribute to him.  I can tell what kind of person your Dad was because I see the grace in you.

When the time is right for you replace the grief of today with the loving memories of yesterday and God's peace that one day you will see your Dad again in heaven.

God Bless you, Jerry and your family.  

Keith White Apr 11 2013 12:00 AM

Mary and Jerry,

So so sorry. Just want you to know I'm thinking of you. Love, Arlene

Arlene Apr 11 2013 12:00 AM

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