WALLA WALLA - Marvin D. Key, 81, of Milton-Freewater died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at the Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater. Concluding services and interment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon, 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater.
Mr. Key was born Feb. 17, 1928, on the Key Ranch in Umapine to Ernest E. and Bertha E. Moon Key. He attended Umapine School for 12 grades, graduating in 1946. In 1950, he met Joyce Hart on the steps of the Umapine Market, and the couple was married in 1951 in Milton-Freewater. After living in Milton-Freewater for a short time, the couple built their home on the family farm, two miles south of Umapine.
He farmed with his father and later with his brother and brother-in-law under the name of Key-Wallace Ranches until 1976. After deciding to semi-retire from farming in the mid 1990s, he turned the farm over to his sons Gary and Brian. He continued to help on the farm until 2006, when ill health forced his retirement.
Mr. Key is survived by his wife, Joyce Key at the home; sons Gary Key and Brian Key, both of Milton-Freewater, and Doug Key of New York, N.Y.; sister Opal Wallace of Milton-Freewater; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Lenard Key.
Memorial contributions may be made to the M-F Junior Show or the Walla Walla Community Hospice through the funeral home.