A good friend, husband and son has been taken before his time. My friend Keith was a loyal husband to his wife Kim and a wonderful father to his three daughters, was killed in a car accident on April 2nd 2008 at 7:30pm, just outside of Las Vegas. I consider his mother, Kathy, his sister, Jill, and his brother, Clint, all very good friends. The loss of this one person will affect many people. He was involved in his wife and daughters schools assisting with functions, like Family Fun Night at Leffingwell Elementary School, his kids Dance Class (Even tapping himself) and Performances, teaching Sunday School at his Church and Coaching his Children's Sports. Anything that involved his kids, family or friends, he got involved in to spend more time with them. Working two jobs to better his children's future and home, I could never understand how he did it all, but he did. He lived a charmed and wonderful life in his 42 years and had a lot to be thankful for. Many loved him and I still do.
The Celebration of Keith's Life was held on April 12, 2008 10:00 a.m. at Whittier Area Community Church.
A Memorial Fund has been opened in Keith's name at Bank of the West. It isn’t tax deductible. Checks should be made to “Keith Songer Memorial Fund”. Please do not feel that you have to help their family just because you know me, but I feel if there is anyway I can assist Kim and the girls in anyway, I have to. Keith would do the same for me.
Cards, condolences and checks can be sent to:
Keith Songer Memorial Fund, c/o The Bank of The West, 1330 S. Beach Blvd. Suite A, La Habra, CA 90631
Warren Nass 714-606-0329
Here are a few of many emails of love and support received by myself about Keith:
Kendall (12), Keith (42), Kerrigan (8) and Kelby (16)
My friends at the bank told me people have been calling. I hope that many people choose to do this instead of flowers. Thank you so much for all of your help and support. I know you’re hurting just like we are.
Love you! Jill
"I just wanted to let you know all things you have written about Keith are beautiful. He will always be with us in spirit and memories and thank goodness we all have so many of those. Let me know if I can do anything to help out, I don’t have much money or contractor skills but I can be used some how.(maybe comedy relief). Anyway if you ever need to vent I am here for you. Thanks for being you, you are also a very special man." - Dala
"Thank you for sending this to us. I'm so sorry to hear of Keith's death. People always remember the last time they saw someone who has passed...the last time I saw Keith was at your parents' house for your luau about 100 years ago! I didn't know him well, but we want to send our condolences to you for the loss of your friend. I will check out all these sites and try to help out his family. We will keep his family in prayers!" - Tiffany Magee
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. It is great what you are
doing to help the family and I am sure that they appreciate your
friendship very much." - Lori Boyer (Kamerer)
school, our paths never crossed. But, I just wanted to say thank you for what
you wrote about Keith and his family in your email. It sounds like you were a
great friend to Keith. I am sorry for your loss and I too am shocked and
saddened by the news. I went to school and was friends with Kim since kindergarten. We were on cheerleading together all our high school years. I am thinking of her!!" - Liz (Molina) Guastella
"I realize this is a very difficult time for you as well and I am so sorry. Even though I didn't know Keith that well and it has been quite a few years since I had even seen him, it saddens me as well. He was a great all-around guy and I'm sure he is missed by many. We need to try & stay focused on the fact that we all have an opportunity (through Jesus) to see him again in heaven. Even though that doesn't help us now, it sure makes our future a lot brighter." - Robin <><
" I am so sorry to hear about Keith. I knew him as your good friend and a great guy and I was also good friends with Kim in high school. My heart goes out to them and to you. I still can’t believe it is true and it happened on my 40th birthday. Hang in there as you go through this tough time. As I lost my dear friend way too young, life will go on but you will never forget him. He was such a great guy and always had the biggest smile on his face. My heart breaks for Kim and her girls. I will send a donation in his honor." - Brigitte
"I just heard the terrible news about Keith Songer this morning. I
haven't seen Keith since high school or shortly thereafter, but I was
sure sorry to hear this." - Scott Read
Yesterday was the memorial service for Keith Songer, someone who passed away much too soon. A memorial website was made in his honor and there's a guestbook to sign as well. I know you don't know Keith or his family, but any words of encouragement would do Kim and the girls good right now. In this situation, I don't think you have to know a person to offer words of kindness. Just tell 'em Chris sent you. Thanks.
WHITTIER - Keith Edward Songer was a familiar face at Leffingwell School and at Whittier Area Community Church. Friends said the La Habra man loved children and readily volunteered, emceed events, taught Sunday school and even dressed up as "Zero the Hero" at an annual school program promoting math. Songer was killed in a solo vehicle crash the night of April 2 on Highway 93 in Clark County, Nev. He was 42. The Clark County Coroner's Office didn't release details of the crash, referring to a spokeswoman who was off Monday. Todd Molter, pastor of family ministries at Whittier Area Community Church, said Songer worked as a sales representative and was on a business trip last week. Molter said Songer was driving a rental car, Dodge Magnum, that went into a ravine on the side of the road. "A tragedy. He was a very dear friend. The loss is huge," Molter said.
The loss was felt at the church where the Songers taught Sunday school to fifth- and sixthgraders. Songer's death also affected students, staff and parents at Leffingwell School where his wife, Kim, works as a learning specialist. Friends said his two younger daughters attend the school. The school, at 10625 S. Santa Gertrudes Ave., plans to name its auditorium for him. No date has yet been picked for this. The church created a memorial fund for his three children and plans to hold a memorial service Saturday. "We will have a celebration of his life. This will be an all-family event," Molter said. Principal Watson Omohundro said people have been signing up to bring meals to the Songer family or do things for them like gardening for a week. "All of the kids know who he is," Omohundro said. "He was a very nice person, very warm, he made you feel at ease. He would want to help." He said Songer would emcee the school's big events. Songer was also the volunteer who donned a Zorro-like outfit when Leffingwell School promoted math and the importance of zero on the 100th day of school. Omohundro said they found out about Songer's death Thursday morning just before school began. He said in cases such as
these, the district's policy is to send counselors to a school. There were about seven counselors on hand Thursday. Family friend Kelly McDonald of Whittier said Songer touched students' lives. He spent a lot of time with his children and the students, she said. "He was funny, smart, hardworking. A good volunteer," McDonald said, adding that Songer was constantly at the school. Whittier police Officer Jason Zuhlke, who attends the same church, said Songer was helping him with an outreach event for junior high schoolers last Tuesday. "He was a great guy, always willing to help," Zuhlke said. "The thing I remember about Keith was he had a real zeal for life. You could tell his faith was real tangible." Molter said Songer was a kind, funny man who gave children a lot of attention, was full of life and was a good father. The funeral, which is private, will be held Friday at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary.
Keith Songer is survived by his wife, Kim, and daughters Kelby, 15, Kendall, 11 and Kerrigan, 7. He is also survived by his mother, Kathy Songer, his brother, Clint and sister, Jill Ries.
The Keith Songer Memorial Fund was set up at the Bank of the West in La Habra. For more information on the fund, call Todd Molter at (562) 945-4500, Ext. 137, or Nina Dahoda at Ext. 141.
Mr. Songer was, a father to us all. He'd throw us in the sky and never let us fall.
He always filled the room, with his laugter and his smile. A voice as big as his that would carry on for milles.
He was a Superman, with talent to spare, he touched so many lives with his tender love and care.
We saw him love his family, with such passion and such grace, the pride he had for all of his girls, would show upon his face.
We love him very much, and we're sad to see him go. We know someone in Heaven, he's putting on a show.
He's the music of our lives, that moves our dancing feet. The rythmn of his heart, that made our lives complete.
He's now our dancing angel, tapping out the beat. We know he's up in Heaven, with a front row seat.
"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things; come and share your master's happiness! " - Matthew 25:21