Bill Riley Keeton

Posted June 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

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Bill Riley Keeton Sr., 80, El Dorado Springs, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013, following complications from a vehicle accident.

He was born Feb. 26, 1933, to John and Grace O. (Turley) Keeton on his grandfather’s homestead near Roscoe.

Bill married Leota M. Ellerman on Jan. 28, 1952, in Osceola. To this union seven children were born – Janet, Johnnie, Bill Jr., Sandra, Randall, Jeffrey and Travis.

Over the years Bill worked at the shoe factory, Gleaner Harvester and for the railroad and then retired from the Teamsters Union in 1991.

He was a member of the Eagles and the Masonic Lodge.

He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his grandchildren.

Preceding Bill in death were his parents; three sisters; one brother; daughter, Sandra; son, Jeffrey; one great-grandson; and one son-in-law.

Survivors include his wife, Leota; five children – Johnnie Ray, Sandra Dee, Randall Wayne, Bill Jr. (Mary), and Travis (Carrie); 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; six step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Keeton (Jean) and Glen Keeton (Billie); two sisters, Dorothy Witt and Ruby Shirk; two sisters-in-law, Violet Tanner and Rose Yockey; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

As per Bill’s wishes, his body was donated to the Willed Body Program. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

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