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Keith M. Sand

Keith M. Sand

Keith M. Sand age 75 of Eau Galle, passed away on Tuesday September 3, 2019 at the American Lutheran Nursing Home in Menomonie.

Keith was born November 17, 1943 in Durand.  He was the son of Leonard and Lorraine (Holcomb) Sand and grew up in the Eau Galle community on the home farm.  He attended elementary school in Eau Galle and Durand High School.  After high school, Keith continued farming with his family and eventually took over the family farm.  Besides farming Keith was active in making maple syrup.  He sold his syrup locally and at the Minneapolis Farmers Market for 14 years.  Keith also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, spending time family and friends.

Keith is survived his second wife, Shirley of Menomonie; two sons, Mike (Angie Rud) Sand of Elmwood; Troy (Heather) Sand of Eau Galle; four granddaughters, Aubrey, Madison, McKinley, Miley; six step daughters, Pamela Marson, Denise Holcomb, Linda Hoyt, Michelle Roemhild, Dawn Hillstead, Cheryl Roemhild; 18 step grandchildren and 36 step great grandchildren; a brother, Duane (Helene) of Utica, NY and other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Saturday September 14, 2019 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand.

Memorials are preferred to either the Eau Galle Sportsman’s Club or Clearview Cemetery


  1. Michelle Klefstad

    Shirley, I am sad to learn of the passing of Keith. I remember him well as a vibrant personality who knew Allen and Linda Hustad well. Having that connection with him made it fell like old home week when ever he would stop by.

  2. Rod and Pam Weiss

    Mike, Troy and family we are so sorry to hear about your dad. He was always so kind to us. Prayers and hugs.

  3. Charlotte Harvey

    So sorry for your loss Mike &Troy. Our thoughts and prayers for you and your families.
    Ken & Char Harvey

  4. Brandon pelzel

    My condolences to you all, Troy And Mike I have great memories of your dad sapping and bowling and just shooting the breeze with him.thinking of you guys today.

  5. Susie Kuesel

    Mike and Troy, so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I will be thinking of you during this difficult time.


    Thinking of you all at this time of your loss. Keith was a good guy who will be missed.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  7. Marge and Tony

    We send our sympathy to your family. Nice man Keith was.

  8. Bernie & Lois Freiermuth

    Shirley, Mike & Troy we are very sorry to hear about Keith. Please know that he is in our prayers!I

  9. Melissa

    Sorry for your loss... I pray for comfort and acceptance throughout this devastating time.

  10. Kathy and Tom Bowman

    Thinking of you all at this sad time! Losing a parent is the hardest . Memories our blessings

  11. Paula. Smith

    Troy and Mike and family's I'm truly sorry for the loss of your dad I hope the memorys of him last forever in your thoughts

    Always in my prayers

    Paula. Ann. Smith

  12. Sue Bauer

    Troy,Mike and families....our thoughts and prayers are with you all at the passing of your dad. Our deepest sympathy. Jerry and Sue Bauer

  13. Julie Lee

    Very sorry for your loss Mike and Troy. Losing a parent is never easy.

  14. Brad and Jill (Bundy)Anderson

    Mike, Troy and Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all

  15. Nancy Gullickson

    We love you Keith. You have been the best friend while we needed one. Thank you so much. You and Shirley loved us so unconditionally. You never gave up on us. My heart is so empty right now without you, as is Davies. Rest In Peace, dear friend.

  16. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry for your loss hugs

  17. Donna Karshbaum

    HUGS and PRAYERS Sent to You and Your Family,God Bless You All!????dyku

  18. Nancy Gullickson

    I feel such a loss. Keith was so important to Dave and me. He stuck behind us when nobody else
    would. How can anyone count the love and memories with you, Keith. We are so blessed to have your memories in our minds,

  19. Lynn and Myrna McRoberts

    Mike, Troy and family, As we read this obituary, Lynn and I sat at the table and he shared many memories of the times they spent together As their families visited back-and-forth when they were kids, Then as they grew up they would go to drive-in movies together and over the years they hunted and fished together. He especially remembered a trip they took to California In 1963. Rest in peace dear friend.

  20. Carole Jean and Rodney Baier

    Mike and Troy - Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Keith was a legend and pillar to our Eau Galle community. He sure knew the maple syrup industry very well and taught his two boys so they can to continue the tradition. Rest in peace, next door neighbor, Mr. Sandman.

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