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Charles W. ‘Bill’ KEETON

Charles W. ‘Bill’ KEETON 85, of Loveland, Colo., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, with Pathways Hospice at North Shore Health and Rehab in Loveland. Bill died of kidney failure due to complications with diabetes.

He was born March 29, 1924, in Toledo, Ohio, to his parents, Charles Riley Keeton and Elizabeth Julia Hausmann Keeton. Bill grew up in Toledo with his two brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Clay High School, but the school administration had to send him his diploma because he left school to join the Navy.

He served on the USS San Diego during World War II. He was very proud of his service on a ship that earned 18 battle stars during the war. It was also the first ship into Tokyo Bay at the end of the war and preceded the USS Missouri in preparation for the signing of the surrender.

Bill worked as a bricklayer and earned his 40-year membership in the union. He was active in the Appaloosa Horse Club and raised and showed horses for many years.

He was married to his first wife, Lois Marie Wilder, for 27 years. He was married to his second wife, Vi Vi Keeton, for 35 years.

Bill and Vi Vi loved to travel and took 22 cruises with Princess Cruise Lines. Bill also enjoyed all the friendly people at the Chilson Recreation Center, where he would greet everyone in the main entrance. He also met many wonderful people through the Fresenius Dialysis Center here in Loveland, and during his nine-month stay at North Shore Health and Rehab.

Bill is survived by his wife, Vi Vi Keeton of Loveland; a brother, Warren Keeton of Denver; two sisters, Doris Boles and Ginger Thomas of Jacksonville, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Keeton, and his parents.

Cremation has taken place by the Neptune Society, and a memorial celebration of his life will be held later.

Bill was known for his wonderful sense of humor and clever wit, and his comments would cause people to break out in laughter. He will be greatly missed.

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