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Keith D. Strouse

September 30, 2023

Keith D StrouseKeith D. Strouse, 66, Clayton passed away Saturday, September 30, 2023, at home under the care of his partner Sue Lyth and his brother Steve, along with Hospice of Jefferson County.

He was born January 21, 1957 in Alexandria Bay, son of Peter M. and Roberta Ann (Howe) Strouse. He was a 1975 graduate of Thousand Islands High School. He married Martha Potter on August 25, 2007 at Church of St. Lawrence, Alexandria Bay with Revs. John Wesley and Jack Andersen officiating. A marriage to Pamela Pierce Youngs ended in divorce.

Keith lived in Jupiter, Florida before moving back to Clayton. He worked along the St Lawrence River operating a crane, building seawalls and docks and later found his passion restoring antique boats. In 2010 his restoration, Miss Martha, won first place in the Antique Boat Show in Clayton. When not working on boats, he enjoyed woodworking in his shop. He had a food trailer, "Eat This", selling Tacos and Pizza. When he was diagnosed with cancer, Keith sold the food trailer and opened Clayton Popcorn Company with his partner Sue. Keith enjoyed riding his Harley, riding it to Bike Week in Sturgis with a group of Harley friends and also attending Bike Week in Daytona Beach FL. He was a caretaker on Pine Island and enjoyed sharing a cold Budweiser.

He is survived by his partner of 10 years Susan Lyth; brothers Mike and Jamie and sister Susie Marshall, Clayton and brother Steve, Margate FL and Clayton; uncle Garth (Tinka) Howe, Lake Placid, FL; stepson Brent Bevens, Santa Cruz, CA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Keith was predeceased by his wife Martha Potter Strouse, July 9, 2009, and his parents.

His family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at Upstate Medical, Syracuse, the caring staff at River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, the Radiologist team at Walker Cancer Center, Watertown and Jefferson County Hospice

A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 7, at 1 PM in Clayton Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to Keith's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Please make donations in his name to Jefferson County Hospice, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown NY 13601.


#17 Mark Frickman 2023-10-08 18:55
My condolences to your family Keith. We had some fantastic memories in our younger years and I will always treasure them.
God Bless You! Rest in Peace!
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#16 Mike Buker 2023-10-08 10:38
I had a nice talk with Keith not too long ago! We talked about our parents being best friends,and our childhood friendships.We talked about his popcorn store which he was very proud of!I I asked him how he felt and he would say o’k! I knew he didn’t feel o’k, but he didn’t complainot once! That was Keith! He truly was one of the good guys! R.I.P. my friend!
, Mike and Patty Buker
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#15 Vickey Barry 2023-10-07 10:04
It was such a pleasure getting to know Keith and Sue in my Hospice visits as Keith’s nurse. More important was knowing I had gained their trust. We never had a visit where we didn’t laugh! When I would get ready to leave we shook hands and he always squeezed and said”thank you for coming”. I can still feel that squeeze!
To my sweet Sue, wonderful brother Steve and courageous sister Sue and all Keith’s family and friends my deepest condolences.
Vickey LPN
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#14 Frederick Jackson 2023-10-04 19:58
Sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. He had a great many visitors this summer and it was rough on both Keith and his friends. He took it all in stride! Keith took great care of my boats for 30 years and I always received complements on his great work. A good friend and a gifted professional. He will be missed .
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#13 Jebby Brown 2023-10-04 19:57
To an old friend. we made a lot of grand memories in our "reckless youth" we shared living quarters in Fla and Jersy. Lots of laughs for sure. I'm proud to own the house your family built and lived. RIP brother. To your family, morn in peace and love
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#12 Mannie Liscum 2023-10-04 08:34
My deepest condolences to Mike , his siblings and Kieth's partner Sue in the loss of their brother, and loved one .
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#11 Alan E Groff 2023-10-03 19:18
so sorry for the family and friends thinking of you my friend Jamie
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#10 Bob Youngs 2023-10-03 12:53
My sincere condolences to the Strouse family and Sue on your loss. Keith was well liked and a very capable guy.
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#9 Bev Morisey 2023-10-03 12:25
Keith will always live in our hearts. He always smiled whenever we talked, especially about his Christmas lights very near the sidewalk to his property. I raise my glass to you friend, you will be missed..
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#8 Catherine Ingeraon 2023-10-03 12:20
So sorry for the loss of Keith. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
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