Keith Duncan Sinclair was born on November 30th, 1939 on the family farm in a log house in Ravendale district. He was the third and last child of James (Scotty) Sinclair and Annabelle Sinclair (Alton) with older brother John and sister Jeanette rounding out the family.
Keith attended Ravendale School travelling the mile by horse or on foot until grade 8 and took his grade nine in Carrot River. His dad said if you’re not going to school you’re going to work and he spent many hours in the field after that. In April of 1957 his dad passed away unexpectedly and so Keith stayed and helped his mother with the farm and over time purchased it from her. In 1958 he travelled by train to Prince Albert and completed an agriculture course to enhance his young farm knowledge.
In the winter of 1962 Keith saw a young woman walking home from the Carrot River Ice Skating Carnival and asked if she needed a ride. True love blossomed between the two and on May 2nd, 1964 Keith married the love of his life Marlene May Fast. In the next 6 years four children were born; Gerald in 1965, Richard in 1966, Loretta in 1968 and Donna in 1970. Keith always joked that if any child was under 8 lbs. not to bring it home, and while the first three made the mark quite easily Donna barely squeaked in when she came along.
Keith was a hard worker and did many jobs in his lifetime in addition to farming his four quarters. He could fix anything. He fabricated and welded his own grain truck box, flax straw buncher, bale stooker and many other things on the farm. He was always there to help a neighbour who needed welding or something fixed as well. He worked at Donsland and Smoky Burn community pastures riding the range and rounding up cattle in the fall and hauling his own home. He worked for the rural telephone climbing poles and repairing lines up until Sasktel was created. In the early years the grain farming was supplemented with cattle, pigs and chickens. For 5 ½ years Keith drove the school bus in the Ravendale district and for a few years hauled the transfer students to LP Miller and worked the day away in the school unit garage before hauling everyone home for the evening. There were summers spent baling thousands of hay bales at Cut Beaver and Walls Flats. Many a fall was spent baling and stacking flax straw for Kimberly Clark as well. In the late 70’s early 80’s Keith decided his off farm income would be best supplemented by custom hauling grain for other farmers. The cows and pigs were sold off and he and Marlene travelled many a mile and hauled a million plus bushels in a 25 year span. This was before the days of hopper bins and Keith shoveled many of those bushels by hand into an auger when loading. After 64 years on the farm Keith decided it was time to retire and the land was rented out and they moved into town. In 2005 a farm auction was held.
In their retirement years Keith and Marlene spent many an hour in a coffee shop visiting or at an auction sale somewhere in the province. A battle with cancer and a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis slowly robbed Keith of his mobility but not his spirit. He moved to the Carrot River nursing home August 23rd, 2017 and resided there until his passing on March 28th, 2021. His greatest joy in the final few years was spending time with the family he loved. He was always happy to hear he was going to be a great grandpa again and was very proud of all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. A van with a wheelchair lift was purchased and he enjoyed trips to the farm and out to the lake for wing suppers at Wade and Donna’s camper. He once boasted to the nurses upon his return to the nursing home after a wing cookout that he had eaten so many wings that he could have flown back to town. He made the acquaintance of many people in his lifetime and talked to many a stranger as if they were a long-lost friend. He will be missed but never forgotten!
Keith was predeceased by his father James, mother Annabelle, sister Jeanette and brother John as well as his brother-in law Frank Schekk. He is survived his wife of 56 years Marlene. Son Gerald (Tammy) and their sons, Mitchel (Ashley) and children Sarah and Tayla), Jesse (Nicole) and children Grant and Jake, Cole (Erin). Son Richard and his daughters Jillian (Ryan) and Shelbey (Braden) and their daughter Lexi. Daughter Loretta(Dave Gendron). Daughter Donna (Wade) Janzen and their sons Kyler, Kolby and Kallen. Sister- in law Ann Sinclair as well as many nieces, nephews and their extended families.