Samuel Ray Keeton, 78, passed away on February 27, 2023, at Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. A graveside memorial service will take place May 20th at 11 AM in Norwood. Samuel was born on June 10, 1944, in Montrose to Red and Virginia Keeton. He graduated from Norwood High School in 1962. Sam met the love of his life, Roxie Champlin, in high school, and they married on December 27, 1961. Together, they were blessed with four sons, Ray, Bryan, Bruce, and James.
Sam and Roxie spent many years in Norwood, and Sam retired to Fruita. While in Norwood, he worked in construction, drilling, and pastored a church, and in retirement, he preached an occasional sermon at his church in Palisade. In addition to being a Pastor, Sam was the proprietor for Sam's Service in Norwood and owned a construction company called S&J Construction. Sam loved being with family, telling stories, and reminiscing about the happy times. He loved camping in Rico and other places in the San Juan Mountains. He spent many hours in retirement washing and cleaning his vehicles. Sam is survived by his loving wife Roxie and sons, Ray (Tracy), Bryan (Joyce), Bruce (Murl), James (Ramona), and Grandsons, Devin, Kaleb, Samuel, Tyrell, Lance, Tyler, Trevor, and Granddaughters, Amanda, Brylene, Danielle, Kennedy, Jelynn, Alex, and Sammi. Sam also enjoyed his ten Great Grandkids. Sam is preceded in death by his mother Virginia, his father Red, and his sister Sylvia.