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Keith Michael Kirby

Keith Michael Kirby

Feb. 12, 1962 — Dec. 25, 2012

Keith Michael Kirby, 50, of Albany passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 25.

Keith was born on Feb. 12, 1962, in Boulder City, Nev. His family eventually settled in Albany, where he remained a lifelong resident.

Keith graduated from West Albany High School and later went on to earn an associate degree in welding technology from Linn-Benton Community College. He was employed for 25 years with Hewlett-Packard in Corvallis as an engineering technician and eventually took early retirement. He then turned his love of audio into an entrepreneurial venture, designing and building custom amplifier enclosures and high-end tube amplifiers for clients worldwide. He was a highly skilled craftsman and artisan with an impeccable eye for detail.

Keith also had a passion for restoring vintage stereo equipment, remodeling his home and Formula One racing. He loved the outdoors, cycling, surfing, snowboarding, landscaping his home and taking trips to Mexico, Arizona and the deserts of California.

Keith is survived by his mother, Amanda Levans of Albany; father Donald Kirby of Albany; sisters Karen and husband Jim Hardt of Washougal, Wash., Linda and husband Robert Phillips of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Christy and husband Lee Shehorn of Albany; brother Kenn Kirby of Albany; nieces Rachael, Rheanna, Haley and Jenna Phillip of Santa Barbara, and Jordan Kirby and Baylee Shehorn of Albany; nephew Nicholas Hardt of Washougal; great-nephew Gabriel Phillips of Santa Barbara; lifelong friends Mike and Alene Robertson of Jefferson; and his two beloved cats, Mooch and Chicken.

A private memorial will be held Saturday, Jan. 5.

Contributions in memory of Keith may be made to SafeHaven Humane Society, P.O. Box 2018, Albany, OR 97321.

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