submitted 11/14/13
Randall Thomas

07/07/06  Keith Liepold  -  Orland Park, Illinois  -  Mk-III #1370  -  Member from 10/18/04 to 07/07/06

Sadly Keith fell off a ladder during a construction accident at work and his family had to remove him from life support. Keith was 45 years old. This photo was taken only two weeks before at the London Cobra Show even in Ohio.

Keith had always wanted to own a Cobra. After the loss of both his 18 year old daughter and 8 year old son, his wife Barbara thought purchasing the car would be a positive distraction during a very difficult time in his life.

Keith was an organ donor, and even in death he is still helping others. As a result 3 people received his life-saving organs immediately after Keith could no longer hold onto this world. One was a 52 year-old man who received Keith's heart, and 46 other people will benefit from Keith's generous gift of life.

Here is a version of Robert N. Test's poem in memory of Keith;

Give my eyes to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby's face, or  love in the eyes of a woman. Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain.

Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that he might see his grandchildren play.

Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week.

Take my bones, every nerve and fiber in my body, and find a way to make a crippled child walk.

Explore every corner of my brain.

Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that, some day, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat, and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window.

Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow.

If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you.

If you do all I have asked I will live forever."