Emile F. DeKeyser, husband of walking horse owner and exhibitor Dr. Karen Baum, passed away quietly March 31, 2022.

He was born in Belgium November 26, 1943 and lived in the United States since 1978. He served in the Merchant Marine, traveling the world. His education was extensive. He had a knack for engineering and loved solving mechanical problems, designing and inventing items. He worked at Belgium Tool and Dye, North Cote Farms,  as well as Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. He was a member of the Lions Club in Lynchburg for many years.

Emile was a beloved and caring husband who loved all animals, farming and being a jack of all trades.

He left a trail of many friends as he never met a stranger. His love of America was always evident. His appreciation of life ended abruptly and too soon.

He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Dr. Karen Baum,of Huddleston. Also his siblings in Belgium, sisters Mimi, Rosa and Maria as well as his brother Renee. He was preceded in death by his parents, August DeKeyser and Marie Jose Lambrechts, and his brother Roger.

Services were held Saturday, April 9, 2022  at Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford with burial following at the farm.