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Ralph Keys, 85, of Kansas City, MO passed away November 8, 2023.
Ralph Keys was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 13, 1938, the son of Frances and Ralph Keys. He loved sports as he was growing up, especially baseball. He participated in the Ban Johnson baseball league, his position being catcher. The Boys and Girls Club provided a grounded moral foundation for his life. Ralph graduated from Manual High School, obtained an architectural degree from Kansas State and later a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Kansas University. Manual High School provided him with drafting skills and an interest in creative design and innovation. After graduation from Kansas State his first professional job was with Elpidio Rocha. Over the decades he worked for HNTB Corp., TK Architects, and WRS Corporation. He was a coordinator for the Kansas City Model Cities program. Ralph received an award for participation in the Kansas City Vest Park Project. In 1972 Ralph built a house in the Columbus Park area. He wanted to reinvest in the urban core where he grew up. He was always creative, but the joy of his life after retirement was working with wood: making bowls, boxes, cabinets and other items.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Amica Gomersall, his son Marc Keys (Erin), daughter Tanya Keys, four grandchildren and his sister, Rose Sosna.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City.
A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held on Sunday December 3, 2023 from 12 to 2 PM at J. Rieger Co. and Distillery, located at 2700 Guinotte Ave., KCMO, 64120. Family, neighbors and friends are all invited to share in this celebration of Ralph’s life and if you’d like, please wear your favorite sports team gear or colors to celebrate his love of sports.