GRAND ISLAND — Keith P. Abbott, D.D.S. of Grand Island, formerly of Columbus, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Grand Island.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 1565 18th Ave., in Columbus. Interment will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery, in Columbus, with military honors by Hartman Post #84 American Legion Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. vigil, at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus.
Keith P. Abbott, D.D.S. was born April 12, 1923, in Pender, to Joel and Marie (Cain) Abbott. He graduated from Guardian Angel High School in West Point, in 1940. Keith entered Creighton University in Omaha and received his B.S.D. in 1944 and graduated from Creighton Dental School in 1946. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.
Keith also served in the Army Reserve from September 18, 1940, until June 4, 1942. He entered the Army Specialized Training Program at Creighton University, completing it in 1944. Keith was appointed a Captain in the Army on Oct. 26, 1949. He was stationed in Tokyo, Japan, for 27 months as a dentist. He was discharged on March 1, 1954, as a dentist in the USAR.
Keith married Isabella Yung on Dec. 29, 1945, and celebrated 66 years of marriage. She was the love of his life. Keith had his practice in Columbus from 1949 until 1990. He was a very devout Catholic who dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren.Keith was a life member of the American Legion, VFW, and the DAV. He was a member of the Lions Club, and the Elks Club for 59 years. He was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church where he served as an usher and commentator.
Keith was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus, served as a Scotus Central Catholic High School board member and president, and was member and past president of the Shamrock Club. Keith belonged to several dental associations, including being a 50-year member of the Nebraska Dental Association, past president of the North Nebraska Dental Association, served as a trustee of the Nebraska Dental Association, member of the International College of Dentistry, board member at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska, and from 1971 until 1983, served as the president of the Nebraska Dental Service Corporation.
He is survived by his wife, Isabella Abbott, of Grand Island; son, Patrick Abbott (Katie), of Albuquerque, N.M.; Crispin and Laurie Abbott (Madeline and Evan); Nathan Abbott; Jacob Abbott; Luke Abbott; Dominic Abbott; son, Michael Abbott (Mary), of Houston, Texas; Michael and Elizabeth Gonzalez (Benjamin, Christopher and Nathan); Rebecca and Luis Barrientos (Kenneth and Kay); Philip Gonzalez (Blake, Mason and Jaxon); Matthew and Stephanie Abbott; Cody Abbott; son, Stephen Abbott (Sandi), of York; Nicole and Mark Jantz; Gabriel and Gabriella Abbott (Isaac); daughter, Cindy Fox (Dave), of Grand Island; Nicole and Jonathan Franta (Ashley and Andrew); Holly and Michael Sack (Kyler, Kamden and Kyndel); Joshua and Morgan Fox; Colby Fox; son, Kevin Abbott, of Longmont, Colo.; Kelli and Joshua Williams (Connor and Aiden); Katie and Chris Yates (Gavin); Connie and Caleb Teague.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Bernadine Hoffman.
Memorials are suggested to St. Bonaventure Catholic Church.
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