Keith E. Barto

Keith E. Barto

January 07, 1973 ‐ January 21, 2020
Keith E. Barto
Birthplace: Willoughby, Ohio Resided In: Lakewood, Ohio Visitation: January 26, 2020 Service: January 27, 2020

Keith E Barto went home to be with his Savior on January 21, 2020 at 7:45 a.m. after a short and hard-fought battle with influenza and MRSA.  He was born in Willoughby, Ohio on January 7, 1973 and passed shortly after his 47th birthday.

He is survived by his beloved husband Scott Widener, his partner in life for twelve years.  They joined in marriage in 2017.  He is also survived by his loving mother Donna Keith (nee Aylward), stepdaughter Sarah Widener, siblings Denise Michaels, Ronald Barto and Lori Keith-Porter (David Porter).  He was a cherished Cousin, Uncle, Great-Uncle and Great-Great Uncle to many and a loving friend to all he met.

He worked as a Master Hair Stylist for 28 years, the last ten of which he spent at Revelations Salon and Spa in Lakewood, OH.  He was not only a talented stylist, but also a dear friend and confidant to his coworkers and clients.

He enjoyed cooking, traveling, entertaining and making a cozy and welcoming home for his friends and family.

Funeral service to be held Monday, January 27 at 10 am at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake, where family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ALS Foundation or the LGBTQ+ of Greater Cleveland.

Guest Comments

Sandra Cobb

I just returned from being out of state for several months and learned the tragic news regarding Keith. My heart is broken. I regarded him to be more than my hairdresser, he was my friend. He will be truly missed. Condolences to all the family.

George Russell
Sandusky Ohio

I will miss him. Keith was a great friend who I meet around 12 years ago and we always keep in contact a couple times a year ago and always Loved his conversation

Jen Laycock
North Ridgeville

To a wonderful friend, hair stylist of 10 years. I will miss you so!

Brian Hoar
Seven Hills, OH

So sorry to hear the news of Keith's passing. He's been a friend for years...always so kind, funny, sincere and friendly. My prayers are with Scott, family and all his friends. He will be missed greatly.


Always a light and a bright spirit. We are all better for having known you.

Barbara Freeman
Euclid, Ohio

My heart is broken. Prayers and positive energy to Scott and all of Keith's family and friends. I was blessed to have Keith in my life as my hairstylist, therapist, friend and one of the most favorite people in my life. He helped me through so much of life challenges just by listening and mostly making me laugh. I know he is watching over us.

Marc Zipfel
Bay Village

Scott my friend, we lost a great man and I feel for you. I hope you mourn with happiness knowing his love for you will always remain in your heart. We all will miss him so much. My most sincere condolences to you Scott.

Robert Whitehead
Brooklyn, Ohio

I just found out about this young man. He was my brother in law. Only thing I can can about Keith was he was a wonderful person and had a beautiful heart and his heart was truly alive around his family and friends. I wish that we had more time together, I greatest moment together was at a concert we went together as youths.. miss you my in the glory of God.. rob Whitehead

Shirelle Boyd
South Euclid

My condolences to the family and I will keep you all in my prayers.
God Bless.

Candice Ziegler
Bowling Green, OH

I was a long time customer at Revelations. Keith and I had many conversations and he also took care of me when my hair stylist was injured. He was always quick with a smile and kind words. He was a wonderful addition to Revelations and was always a sharp dressed man. I know he will be missed by his family and co-workers and definitely will be missed by me. May God grant us all peace and hold Keith in the palm of his hand!!! Farewell my friend!

Joe Watts
Brooklyn, Ohio

Keith was a beautiful soul who I was fortunate and blessed to have in my life as a friend and confidant. He was loved by all those who knew him and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend.

Anna Guttmann
Bay village

Keith was loved by so many, including me. I knew him from the Revelations family as a client. I feel so honored that I knew him. Keith had a way of making everyone feel special, with his sense of humor, smile, kindness, and always wanting to know more about you. I loved hearing Keith talk about his beloved Scott, his Mom and how independent she is, his nieces, and more. Keith clearly loved his family, Revelations family, and my heart aches for them and all who loved him. Keith made the world a better place, and I know he is in a better place in heaven. He will be dearly missed!

Jaclyn M
Lakewood Ohio

I’ve met Keith few times. He worked with my sister at Revelations. He did join my sister at my sons big musical and attended my other sisters baby shower within this past year. Few times I’ve met him he was a good person and friend to my sister and he definitely has a big heart. My prayers are with his husband and family during this difficult time.

Peter Taylor
Sagamore Hills, OH

Scott, the Widener and Barto families, our heart weighs heavily reading this news. Please know that you are in our thoughts and have our condolences on your loss.

Peter & Jim

Randy and Lauren Eide
New Caney, TX

We are so very sorry for the loss of such a beautiful person, inside and out. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Jim, Mary, James and Angelina Ingalls
Lorain Ohio

Good bye my dear friend, you lived your life to the absolute best in every way! You were always kind, patient and giving to everyone. I will miss you more then you can ever imagine. My heart breaks for Scott I wish him peace in the memory of your love.

Kurt and Heather Kluth
Pickerington, Ohio

We are so sorry for your loss!. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Rick & Joanne Widener
Elyria, OH

Our hearts break for your loss and we pray that God's comfort peace surround you.