Arthur W. “Bill” Keefer

Graveside services for Arthur W. “Bill” Keefer, 93, Lawrence, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at Clinton Cemetery in Clinton, KS.  The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Thursday, prior to the graveside service at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Bill was born August 11, 1928 in Ottawa, Kansas to Arthur Wayman and Audrey Ermine Brooks Keefer.  Two siblings joined the family – Robert and Peggy.

The family moved around western Kansas during the depression years wherever Wayman could find work, eventually returning to Ottawa where Bill attended elementary school.  The family moved to Lawrence where Bill attended Lawrence Memorial junior high and graduated in 1946 from University High School.  Bill participated in basketball and theatre.

Hobbies over the years included travel, bowling, working crossword puzzles, “phishing”, and riding motorcycles.

In 1950 he met Nora Jean Miskimen at Weaver’s Department store where they both worked.  On December 16 they were wed.  Four children joined them – Bonnie, Carol, Gary and Terry.  Bill and Jean were together for 57 years before she passed in 2008.

Bill and a friend joined the Air Force Reserves in 1950 and were called up in 1951.  He served in Ogden, Utah at Hill AFB.  He was honorably discharged in 1952 from Andrews AFB in California.  His wife, sister and brother-in-law drove to California to bring him home.

After leaving the service Bill returned to Ottawa and eventually went to work in the floorcovering business.  After three years in Abilene, Texas he moved his family to Lawrence and formed a partnership with his brother-in-law in the floorcovering business—K&M Floorcovering.

Bill participated in Jaycees as a young man and joined the Masons.  He worked his way through the Masons and joined Abdallah Shrine.  In 1993 Bill became Potentate.

Bill and Jean welcomed grandchildren into their lives beginning with granddaughter Wendi.  Wendi and Popo explored the farm together and rode the motorcycle—she on the front with her feet on the handlebar.  Emily, Kylie and Cassandra soon followed and joined in on the adventures on the farm.  Raelynn and Cooper came later in life and missed the farm fun.

The grands grew up and married and along came the greats.  Christopher was first and his Nan gave him the nickname of Bubba and it has stuck.  Madison came next and because Nan and Popo moved close she spent a lot of time at their house.  Tristen, Megan and Dylan quickly joined the crew.  Megan joined sister Madison at Nan and Popo’s and was spoiled indeed.  Jaxon, Skyler, Audrey, and Desmond round out the greats.

In recent years Bill spent his time with friends and family—still driving and living independently at 93.  He met monthly with his sister, cousin Albert and wife Marilyn and other family members.  He spent time with friends watching the Chiefs.  Bill was still traveling – his last trip was in October, 2021 to Cabo, Mexico.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to the Shriners Hospitals for Children and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS  66044.

11 Condolences

  1. Mary LeGer on January 26, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Carol, Bonnie, Terry & Gary, I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. You will remember all of the good times once the initial pain subsides, enjoy the memories. Know that Bob & I are thinking of you during this time.

  2. Kathy Smith on January 26, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with him. Please know that my prayers are with all of you as he will be greatly missed.

  3. Mike & Angie Bisnett on January 26, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Bonnie & family
    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your father!
    Mike & Angie Bisnett

  4. Judy Gilliland on January 26, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Carol, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  5. Paula Rollins on January 26, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    With Deepest sympathy from the Rollins family. So very sorry for your loss as you celebrate the wonderful life of your beloved father..

  6. Pat O'Toole on January 27, 2022 at 11:36 am

    TK and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. I’m sorry I can’t make it to the funeral or come by and see you as I am out of town on business. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Anna Marie Swearengin on January 27, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    I will always remember our trip to Cabo this October and the great time Bill had. I worked with Bill at the Abdallah Shrine and he was a wonderful boss and friend. R.I.P. Sweet Man.
    Anna Marie Swearengin

  8. Velda Dick on January 29, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, Was quite the worker. Terry you are in my thoughts. Velda Dick

  9. LaDonna ( Baker) Kirkpatrick on January 31, 2022 at 2:23 am

    I barley have memories of uncle Bill, but I know it was thanks to him that I got treated so fast at Shriners Hospital for my bilateral Club Feet and I will always be thankful

  10. Dea Posik on February 25, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss. May memories always bring you comfort.
    Sincerely, Deann Posik

  11. Sheron (Gibler) Eaden on March 5, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always fun to be around.

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