Keith Alan Swezey


Keith Alan Swezey, 67, of Edmond, Okla., went home to be with his Lord and his daughter Erin on Monday, July 29, 2019. He was the son of Harold and Ruth Swezey of Enid, Okla.
Keith was born in Enid, Okla., and graduated from Enid High School in 1970. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in broadcasting from Central State University in 1974, and continued his education with master's and doctoral degrees in Mass Communication at Oklahoma State University.
Keith built the award-winning student broadcast program at the University of Central Oklahoma, which he joined after 15 years of award-winning radio news experience. He began as state capitol correspondent for KOMA radio in 1975, moving to WKY radio in 1976 as public affairs editor. He was WKY news director from 1983 to 1988. At UCO, he directed Academic Broadcasting Services, served as chairman of the Communication Department and managed daily student broadcasts on KCSU-TV. A former state president of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, he advised the UCO chapter of OBEA. An associate member of The Emmys, he won numerous state and national awards for teaching and radio news, including RTNDA's Edward R. Murrow Award for best documentary. In 2011 Keith was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.
Keith is survived by his wife, Dixie; devoted children, Christopher Swezey, his wife, Ashley and grandchildren, Blake and Elizabeth of Edmond, Okla.; and Patrick Swezey, his wife, Laura and grandchildren, Collin and Owen of Edmond, Okla. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Skoch, husband, Bob; and his sister, Karyl Knopps, husband, Tim. More family and friends than we can list will miss Keith's loving spirit, wisdom and guidance.
Keith and Dixie established the Erin's Hope Foundation in honor of their daughter Erin. The foundation serves to glorify God and honor Erin's memory through ministry, outreach, education, scholarships, and advocacy.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, and a funeral service 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Quail Springs Baptist Church, 14613 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73134.
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Chris Waswo DiGiovanni
Aug 03, 2019
So many wonderful memories of a wonderful man...... Dixie, I love you and I prayer the Angels wrap their wings of Comfort around you and your family to hold you up and protect you.
The Vleugels
Aug 02, 2019
He was a great man. He led so many of us to shed light and to do the right thing, even when it is hard. We will miss him, but his work will live on.
Gwen Olivier
Aug 02, 2019
Keith was a wonderful colleague and a great person. He will be celebrated in Heaven and miseed on Earth.
Marilyn and Fred Johnson
Aug 01, 2019
May the spirit of God's peace rest with you as Keith is home with Jesus and Erin and they are both rejoicing together.
Lisa Pirog
Aug 01, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Roger and Rebecca Gregory
Aug 01, 2019
Praying for God's comfort and peace in this difficult time. We will miss Keith.
In Christ,
Roger and Rebecca Gregory
Clint Lewis
Aug 01, 2019
My deepest Condolences