H Keith Langdon

September 2, 1936 - September 2, 2023
H Keith Langdon

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Keith Langdon (the Joke List Guy), 87, of Grove City Ohio passed away September 2, 2023. Keith was born September 2, 1936, to the late Paul V. and Julia June Duncan O’Rourke in East Liverpool. He was raised by his great-uncle and aunt (Frank and Clarissa Given) in East End. A 1954 graduate of East Liverpool High School (ELHS), he was a lifelong member of its Alumni Association. He graduated from Muskingum College where he met his wife, Margret A. Dick. They were married on August 27, 1960, and settled in East Liverpool where they raised their family.  

 Keith was involved in multiple churches over the years including Grace Presbyterian, Chester Church of the Nazarene, Etruria Church of God, and First Presbyterian Church in Grove City. Lest there be any confusion, Keith was a Calvinist by faith. He served on the Board of Directors of the Beaver Creek Presbyterian Church and the Board of Tri-State Area Teen World.  

 A beloved Speech and English teacher for 36 years at ELHS, Keith directed numerous plays and musicals along with his childhood friend Jim Martin. He was director of Thespian Troupe 319 and sponsor of the Keramos  Echo Newspaper. After retiring from ELHS in 1995, he taught English and Composition at the Ohio Valley College of Technology. His teaching career spanned a total of 50 years! He brought joy and humor to people’s lives by distributing his joke lists wherever he went. Everyone looked forward to receiving their copy of the “Langdon List”. He was a talented piano player who played by ear (never learning to read music) and loved sharing his gift of music with others. Combining his two gifts of music and humor, he performed a Victor Borge-style comedy piano routine for various organizations and church events. 

 Keith was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Margret A. Langdon (Dick). He is survived by his sister Marilyn J. Wagner (Langdon) of East Liverpool; children Kevin S. Langdon (Shelley) of Danville Ohio, Karen G. Yoder (Glen) of Orient Ohio, and Rev David E. J. Langdon (Dawn) of Ashland Ohio; grandchildren Joshua T. K. Langdon (Anna), Amanda R. Davidson (Matt), Thomas J. Wilson, Alexander R. Langdon (Emily), Melissa K. Wilson, Nathan R. Langdon, Jonathon D. Langdon; great grandson Oliver M. Langdon.  

 Visitation will be Friday, September 8 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.at the Martin Chapel of Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists in Calcutta.  The funeral will be held on Saturday September 9, at 11AM also at the Martin Chapel. Burial will be at United Presbyterian Cemetery in Calcutta following the funeral service.  

 The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and support. 

Visiting Hours

Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists- Martin Chapel - Directions
  • Friday, September 8, 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday, September 8, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Saturday, September 9, 2023
11:00 AM

Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – Martin Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Ave
East Liverpool, OH 43920

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  • September 10, 2023
    Lisa and Ron Haley says:
    What a wonderful service for Keith. So touching it was to hear the many stories you all shared with us. Living a legacy is a life long journey, one he lived well! Now it’s up to each of you to continue the journey, by living your legacy. Each one teaching, loving, serving and reaching others for Jesus. May God comfort you all in a special way. In Christian love

  • September 10, 2023
    Paul Barbuto says:
    Thanks for all the joy you provided. I will never forget your jokes and the plays and musicals you directed for us, the Class of 1970!

  • September 09, 2023
    Gregg Thompson says:
    My thoughts are prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the Lord truly bless and keep you.

  • September 09, 2023
    Phil Carney says:
    Thanks for sharing, would have loved to be with you all, he was my rock in Jim’s bass section 😉

  • September 09, 2023
    Greg Dray says:
    My condolences to HKs family for this immense loss. A graduate of ELHS and a member of the thespian troup I shared many hours of hilarity with HK and Jim Martin leaving me with many treasured memories. I couldn't begin to say what a lasting impact he left on my life and the lives of multitudes of people. He was the kind of guy that only comes along once in a lifetime, very generous with his wit, sense of humor and wonderful welcoming in personality. The joy of his memory will sustain me all the days of my life. God Bless you my friend, you gave unselfishly.