Dan Carlton Keys, 78, beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather, passed away on June 11, 2017, in Carmel, IN. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Mary Jane, and children David (Marcilynn), Mary Beth Bertis (Vic), Mark (Carrie), and Nancy Mullens (Ryan) and sister Carole Swann. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren: James, Sarah, Jessica, Rebecca, Benjamin, Kacey, Abigael, Gus, Tucker, Alex, and Zoey. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman C. Keys and mother Gladys M. Keys.
Dan was born and raised in McCordsville, IN. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. He has remained an avid supporter of Purdue, a true Boilermaker through and through. He met his wife Mary Jane at Purdue.
After graduation he went to work for the Indiana State Highway Department as a project engineer. From there he joined the staff of the Indiana Highway Contractors Association. In 1970 he went to work for Berns Construction Co., Inc. where he remained for 40 years becoming President, CEO, and owner. Berns became a major contractor for interstate highway construction and reconstruction in the central Indiana area. He served as a board member and President of Indiana Constructors, Inc, board member and Chairman of the Build Indiana Council, and board member and Chairman of the American Concrete Pavement Association. He was named a distinguished alumni in Civil Engineering at Purdue as well as being recognized with the Hartman-Hirchman-Egan award for outstanding achievement by the American Concrete Pavement Association.
An avid golfer, Dan enjoyed spending time with his friends at his home on Sanibel Island, Florida, and Woodland Golf Club in Carmel. Always the handyman, he became a woodworker and cabinet maker after retirement.
The family invites you to help us remember Dan at his memorial service, Friday, June 16, 2017, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 1402 West Main St., Carmel. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until 2 p.m. with the service at 2. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, 9075 N. Meridian St., #150, Indianapolis, In 46260.