64, avid music lover.
William “Bill” Keathley lost his battle with pancreatic cancer June 11, 2019, at 12:15 p.m. Bill went the morning of June 10 for surgery to remove the cancerous tumor on his pancreas. This was a risky procedure to begin with as the tumor was attached to a major vein.
After many complications during the first surgery, they decided to wait and let his body heal for a few days and try again on that Thursday. On June 11 at 2 a.m., they did emergency surgery to help him for a few hours. Heartbreakingly, Bill did not make it. He passed painlessly surrounded by loved ones. They did all they could for him.
Bill was born in St. Louis, Mo. on May 5, 1955, to Earnest and Marylin Keathley. He was a music teacher for many years and an avid music lover.
He was known around Buena Vista as a sergeant at the Minimum Center for the Buena Vista Correctional Facility and as the tenor sax player with the CMC Jazz Project.
He was preceded in death by his father Ernie and his sister Cheryl.
He is survived by his wife, Laura, his children, Lisa and Brian, his mother Marylin, and brothers, Lewis and Allan.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your favorite charity. If you can not think of one, a few close to Bill’s and our family’s hearts are the BVHS Band, the CMC Jazz Project, and the DOC Peace Officers Foundation.
The Service for Bill will be on Saturday, August 10, at 10 a.m. at Valley Fellowship Church in Buena Vista.