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    Elmer Keith's family today

    I just finished reading "Hell, I was there" by Keith. OK, now my curiosity is up. When did Elmer's wife Lorraine pass away?

    How about his son Ted? He would have to be about 70-73 now. Is he still up and going?
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    I too, would like to find out some information on Ted Keith.

    Accually think we served together in the same Navy air squadron, VC-35 that later became VA AW-35. This unit was based at NAS North Island San Diego, CA. around 1955 to 1957.

    The Ted Keith I met there was an electronics electrican, he knew I was avid shooter who spent a lot of time in the eastern desert down there.

    What makes me think its the same Ted Keith, the guy was from Montana, he had a Colt SAS in .44 special, that looked like it was done by Croft, and his belt and holster looked same as some of Elmer's rig...the Montana style belt that was tall in its height.

    If it was him, he never mentioned his Pap, Elmer.

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    IIRC Lorraine died a couple years after Elmer. Ted was a CPA last I knew and thats it.

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    there is an article in the sept 2006 percision shooting,,,by al marion,,, he talks about helping ted with the cabelas elmer keith musem in idaho,,,so at least last year ted as still doing well,,,,he made sure elmers trophies and many guns were to finally be on display,,,, i hope to go eventually

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    I am Elmer Keiths grandson and the Keith family is in bad shape. My son and I will stand by my father no matter what happens but my dad has gone through a hard time with my older sisters fighting over gun money and control over the estate and Ted. Ted is getting divorced but he has me and my son and we will never let anyone or anything harm him.

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    Sorry to hear that, GK, but thanks for checking in with us. I bet many of us would want to help y'all out if that were workable. Please let us know.

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    It is good that you are there for him, as it should be. I pray that all gets worked out so he can move on and enjoy life to the fullest.

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    Elmer's guns were all sold off. That's the $ they are fighting over. Same old story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G. Keith 444 View Post
    I am Elmer Keiths grandson and the Keith family is in bad shape. My son and I will stand by my father no matter what happens but my dad has gone through a hard time with my older sisters fighting over gun money and control over the estate and Ted. Ted is getting divorced but he has me and my son and we will never let anyone or anything harm him.
    Sorry to hear that. But know that your grandfather had a huge impact on the world of guns, shooting, and ammo.

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    This is a sad but all to familiar story. Death and money brings out the worse in people. You find out what people are really like in these times.
    Disclaimer: The above is not holy writ. It is just my opinion based on my experience and knowledge. Your mileage may vary.

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    G. Keith 444 , thanks for keeping us up to date - Elmer was a great writer and educator for many of us - Tell your father to hang in there from all of us
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    G Keith 444 By all means stand by your amazing and iconic grandfather Elmer, and his son, your dad, Ted as well. The situation as you and Char-Gar have so well described has played out in family after family and brings nothing but shame on them. Not so to you, your dad, or grandfather. Sounds like you are all good men and you seem to be raising your son to be one to be proud of also.
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    G. Keith 444, when I was very young and just getting started in my love for the world of firearms I was challenged by a question I could not answer. It was technical and way over my head. At that time Elmer was working with one of the magazine companies posting responses to mail-in questions. I wrote to him with my query, and he responded. He hand wrote his response directly on the letter I had mailed to him. When I opened the envelope and saw his hand writing, I had to sit down and let the reality of the event soak in. It was hard for me to believe that one of the greatest men I had ever heard of would take the time to communicate directly with a new shooter with his wisdom and experience. I still have that letter stored in a secure area to preserve it. I'm very sorry for your family's conflicts, but as others have said that is the usual outcome when estate assets are being divided. I hope all this gets resolved and your family can find peace.

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    Hopefully ALL of the Keith boys have at least one of Elmers revolvers for themselves.

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    One thing that was very apparent to me when reading Elmer Keith's book "Hell, I Was There" is that Elmer was an incredibly tough and resilient man who overcame severe physical setbacks and other difficulties in his life. I would like to think that same tenacity and basic toughness has carried over to Elmer's children and grandkids and that the rough patch they are going through now will pass and the whole Keith family will come back together and prosper.

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    your grandpa was is one of my heros. Its sounds like some of his blood runs through your veins. Id bet hed be real proud of his grandson.
    Quote Originally Posted by G. Keith 444 View Post
    I am Elmer Keiths grandson and the Keith family is in bad shape. My son and I will stand by my father no matter what happens but my dad has gone through a hard time with my older sisters fighting over gun money and control over the estate and Ted. Ted is getting divorced but he has me and my son and we will never let anyone or anything harm him.
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    G Keith, although I never met your father Ted I did meet your grandfather several times in the 70's & bought most of his books which he signed for me. My wife always liked to sew so she would sit & visit with your grandmother Lorraine while Elmer would take me out back to his trophy/writing room in the back yard, it was a great time for a young guy like me to meet such a great man who was patient & shared so many memories of life, hunts, guns, loads, etc. Good for you for looking out for your father & I hope all goes well for your family. As mentioned I'm sure many forum members would jump in & help. Family problems over money/estates can be nasty, we've been there! Also, lets not forget that John Taffin had been a big help with the Keith family in getting the Cabelas store to display much of what Elmer had in his back yard trophy room before the guns were auctioned. I have several photo's of that same room in the back yard.

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