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Keith D. Barner, 56, of Liverpool, entered His Savior's presence on Dec. 28, 2017.

Keith was an avid hunter, fisherman, and an excellent roller skater in his younger years. He spent most of his working career as a sawyer at R.J. Hoffman and Sons, Dressler's Sawmill, McNaughton's Sawmill, and most recently Alderfer Lumber Company. Keith enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the 32 years of annual camping trips along the Mahantango.

He graduated from Middleburg High School and SUN Area Vo-Tech in 1981 where he specialized in diesel mechanics.

Keith was a member of Bible Baptist Church of Liverpool where he served for many years as a Sunday School teacher and on the finance committee. He was privileged to visit Alaska on three occasions where he served at Echo Ranch Bible Camp. Keith was a member of the NRA, Pennsylvania Lumberman Association, and the Cancer Fighters of America, Zion, Ilinois.

Keith is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Jo Barner; son, Benjamin and wife Nikki Barner, and his two granddaughters Kadalyn and Abigail Barner, of Richfield; son, Joseph and wife Christa Barner, of Liverpool; and daughter, Mary Beth and husband Ethan Alderfer, of Millerstown; his parents Robert D. and Fern Barner, of Mount Pleasant Mills; sister, Kelly and husband John Steininger; and nieces, Laura and Valerie Steininger, of Middleburg.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George and Charlotte Barner, of Liverpool, William and Mae Minium, of Mount Pleasant Mills; sister, Kitty Barner, of Mount Pleasant Mills; beloved father-in-law, Morris Oberlin, of Selinsgrove; and his fishing buddy and brother-in-law, Christopher Oberlin, of Kreamer.

Friends and family are invited to the viewing on Monday, Jan. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Liverpool Bible Baptist Church, Route 104, Liverpool, and again on Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the church. Officiating will be Pastor James Mento and Pastor Robert Gray Jr. assisting.

Burial will follow in the St. Thomas Cemetery and a meal will be held in the St. Thomas Independent Church Fellowship Hall.

Should friends desire, memorial gifts may be made in loving memory of Keith to Echo Ranch Bible Camp, PO Box 210608, Auke Bay, Alaska 99801.

The George P. Garman Funeral Homes, Inc., 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills, have been entrusted with the arrangements.

The family would like to express our sincere thanks to the many people who walked with, supported, loved and prayed for Keith during his long battle with cancer.

You can read Keith's journey over the past three years by visiting Barner's Brain Tumor Battle Blog on Facebook.
Published on December 30, 2017
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