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Keith W. Neadeau

April 4, 1959 ~ April 6, 2022 (age 63)


Keith W. Neadeau, Gichi-ininiins "Little Big Man", Bear Clan, age 63, of Red Lake, MN, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

Keith Wendell Neadeau, Sr., was born on April 4, 1959, in Red Lake, MN. He was born one of six children to Judith Neadeau and Elmer Thompson, Sr. At the age of five, they moved from Red Lake to Minneapolis, MN, where Keith attended school. When he was 16, he met the love of his life, Pennie, while working at Fairview Park.  They were united in marriage on November 17, 1979.  To this union three children were born: Nicole, Keith, Jr. and Brandon, Sr.  Keith worked various construction jobs before pursuing a Business Management degree through NCTC in Thief River Falls, MN, in the early 90’s. While attending college he competed at State where he placed 3rd as a writing consultant out of 300 students.  In 1993, he moved his family to Red Lake, MN.  Over the years, Keith worked as a carpenter for Red Lake Inc. and other construction outlets as well as numerous jobs at Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls. In addition to these jobs, he also went to Reno, NV where he became certified as an appellate judge for Red Lake.

Keith was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed being in the woods where he taught his children, grandchildren, and family how to live and provide off the land. He was extremely knowledgeable in mechanics and engineering, always finding a way to fix things with whatever materials he had available.  He was very creative when it came to his artistic abilities such as drawing, oil painting, sculptures, and drafting blueprints. Keith was always up to something, whether it was going to the casino, visiting with family and friends, or just going for a drive. You could live vicariously through one of his real life events with his vivid storytelling. There was nothing more important to Keith than family. He loved family get togethers and vacations to the cabin where he has held the Bean Bag Champion Title many times with his grandson, Markell. He loved being a grandpa and spending time with  his grandchildren where he rightfully earned the name “Papa”. His legacy will echo into eternity.

Keith is survived by his wife, Pennie Neadeau; children: Nicole (Tony) Jones, Keith (Mandy) Neadeau, Jr., and Brandon Neadeau, Sr.; grandchildren: Samantha Jones, Markell Neadeau, Le’Shaun Neadeau, Taylee Kingbird, Kiana Neadeau, Karson Neadeau, Brandon Neadeau, Jr., Briella Neadeau, Brianna Neadeau; sisters: Marsha Neadeau, Armella Neadeau, Valerie Thompson; step-sister, Karen Sue Evans; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he loved dearly.

He was preceded by his parents: Judith Neadeau and Elmer Thompson, Sr.; sister, Beverly Neadeau; brother, Brian Neadeau; nephews: Louis Barrett, Jr., James English and Travis Eckman.

The wake will begin at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at the Little Rock Community Center and continue until the service at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 14, 2022 with Father John Christianson officiating. Active casketbearers will be: Keith Neadeau, Jr., Brandon Neadeau, Sr., Markell Neadeau, Josh Neadeau, Justin Neadeau, Robert Dominguez Sr., Kit Morgan, Gerald Jordan, and alternates: Robin Kelly, Ducker Kelly, George Graves, and Delwyn English.  Honorary casketbearers will be: Samantha Jones, Markell Neadeau, Le’Shaun Neadeau, Taylee Kingbird, Kiana Neadeau, Karson Neadeau, Brandon Neadeau, Jr., Briella Neadeau and Brianna Neadeau. Arrangements provided by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service (

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