Keith Albert Hallett, 78, Escanaba, slipped peacefully into the bonds of Earth and entered the eternal with his family at his side, thus ending a short but valiant battle with cancer on November 21, 2015.
Keith was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 8, 1937, to Lloyd and Sylvia (Bourgerie) Hallett. He was the fourth son and the final child of six.
He married his forever wife and partner Jan (Avey) Hallett in 1984 and together they created a blended family of 11 children, 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Keith enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a Seabee following the Korean War.
Keith had various careers throughout his working years. He graduated from North High School in Minneapolis and obtained a certification in cosmetology and started his career as a hair dresser. He then worked for the Metropolitan Transit Authority as a bus driver and had a wonderful Mickey Mantle story during one bus trip. After being robbed, he decided to broaden his horizons into a career with more security and longevity for him and his family. He attended and graduated from DeVry Technical School and got into the evolving cable television industry as a lineman and equipment technician. His cable career began in Marshfield, Wisconsin however he really found himself when he accepted a position with American Cablevision in Escanaba in 1968. With the company his responsibilities increased over time as the industry grew. Companies changed as well, as Cablevision became Teleprompter and then eventually Group W Cable, the forerunner of today’s Charter Communications. After a quick stint away from Escanaba, Keith moved back to Escanaba for good in 1978. At that time, Keith ventured into business ownership locally owning two restaurants in Gladstone. He owned and operated Gilly’s Pizza and the Hearth Restaurant. Eventually he got back into the electronics industry working locally with Foster Electronics. He ended his career as the Great Lakes Director of Cell Site Maintenance for Thinc Wireless.
Keith loved to be social. Locally he was a member of the Escanaba Country club as well as a longtime member of the Eagles Club in Escanaba. But Keith is most known for his incredible bass voice that is now resonating in the heavens. He was part of the choir at St. Anne’s Catholic Church and also a member of the Bay de Noc Choral Society. As an active member of Players de Noc, he graced the stage in productions spanning four decades. In his youth he was part of a 1950’s singing group, the Four Northman, who took Minneapolis by storm and even had a local top 10 record.
Keith was also known for his sense of humor and his willingness to entertain at the drop of a hat. His wit and his dramatic voice will not soon be forgotten.
He is survived by his wife, Jan; children, Martin Hallett (Susan) of Port Edwards, Wisconsin, Paula Beaudoin of Raleigh, North Carolina, Cathy Hallett (Pam) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Anthony McHugh of Raleigh, North Carolina, Martha Beaver (Kevin) of Escanaba, Michigan, Thomas Hallett (Karen) of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Sandra Shanahan of Raleigh, North Carolina, Anthony Hallett (Cecilia) of Falbrook, California, Daniel McHugh of Las Vegas, Nevada and Barbara Lombardi (Joseph) of Las Vegas Nevada.
He was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Hallett and one grandson, Andre Beaudoin.
The family would like to thank the incredible staff at OSF Hospice care. Their compassion and expert care made this transition incredibly peaceful.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 30th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home officiated by U.S. Army Chaplain Karen Hallett.
Friends and relatives are invited to join the family for a light supper and “refreshments” at the Eagles Club, 608 Ludington Street, Escanaba, immediately following the service. A piano and an accompanist will be available so guests are invited to bring their favorite theater song with them as we will all engage in a “sing-a-long” to remember and reminisce about a life well lived.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Hallett family.