Funeral arrangements set for Duke Energy lineman from Ross Twp.

Jester, a senior lineman for Duke Energy, died suddenly Thursday when a utility pole he climbed snapped, falling on him and another utility worker.

Dr. Russell Uptegrove, Warren County coroner, said Jester’s cause of death was blunt force trauma. An autopsy was completed Friday.

The other worker, unidentified, was also injured at the accident in Union Twp. in Warren County. Duke Energy officials said the second worker’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home has arranged visiting hours for Jester from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at St. Aloysius Church, 3350 Chapel Road, in Shandon. The funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to The Jester Fund at any Fifth Third Bank, according to the Harrison funeral home.

Jester, a 13-year veteran of Duke Energy, is survived by his wife and three children. A fourth child died last year.

“Keith took great pride in his work as a senior lineman for Duke Energy, he was a wonderful husband, father and coach,” reads Jester’s obituary.

Duke Energy is conducting an internal investigation into the cause of the accident, spokeswoman Sally Thelen said. Jester was training other employees at the time it happened around 12:41 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.

“Duke Energy extends its deepest sympathies to our fallen colleague and his family, friends and co-workers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our injured employee as well and his family,” Thelen said in a statement. “Duke Energy will continue to work with authorities to determine how the accident happened.”

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