He was born in Syracuse to his late parents, Pauline (Wright) and Arthur M. Key, May 13, 1932. He was a graduate of Phoenix High School, later completing a four year apprenticeship in his selected field as a steamfitter.
He was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters 818, now Local #267 Union, Syracuse.
He was a mason and member of the Callimachus Lodge 369 F.&A.M., Phoenix; a social member of VFW Post 5540, Phoenix; life member and past secretary of the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club; past president of the CNY Rod & Gun Club, Pennellville; and past member of the Phoenix Camp-Copper Lake Association.
He was predeceased by his grandson, John David.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Charlotte M. Rakaska; his children, Gale S. (Nick) Smith of Manlius, Larry Gillespie of South Carolina, Patrick (Terry) Key of Palermo, and Brian (Sue) Key of Chittenango; his grandchildren, Scott, Olivia, Marietta, Robert, Cory, Drew, Jessica, Christopher, Cheri, Brandon; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Brewer of Canoga Park, Calif., and Adeline Carol Adams of Sun City, Ariz.; and nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix. The Rev. Richard H. Scheffler officiated. Burial was in Phoenix Rural Cemetery. Calling hours were held Wednesday. A Masonic service by members of his lodge was held Wednesday as well.
Contributions may be made to CNY Rod & Gun Club, 182 Peter Scott Rd., Pennellville, NY 13132.