Keith Willems


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Posted Online: Nov. 12, 2012, 6:28 pm
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Keith B. Willems, 53, of New Windsor, was born into eternal life Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in his home, surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Matherville. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com.
He was born Feb. 15, 1959, in Peoria, Ill., to Richard and Valarie Naslund Willems. He graduated from Winola High School in 1977, and went on to complete his journeyman apprenticeship. He married his high school sweetheart, Debbie Lawson, Aug. 2, 1980, in Viola.
In high school, Keith was employed at Red's Texaco Station in Viola. He was later employed as an ironworker with Ironworkers Local Union 111 for 33 years, retiring in January 2012.
He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Viola and a former member of the New Windsor volunteer fire department.
He enjoyed gardening, bowling, tinkering in his garage and spending time with his family and friends in his man cave at home. He was a NASCAR fan and an avid Air Force supporter.
Keith is survived by his wife, Debbie; one daughter, Melinda (Adam) Osborn, Springfield, Ill.; one son, Daniel (Amanda) Willems, stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California; two grandchildren, Jimmy and Regina Osborn and two lovingly expected; parents, Richard and Valarie Willems; two brothers, Kirby (Cleta) Willems and Kevin Willems and his special friend, Bob Ramos, all of New Windsor; two sisters, Kathy (Randy) Kidd, East Dubuque, Iowa, and Kris (Jon) Dohrmann, Ankeny, Iowa; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Jane Lawson, Viola; several very special nieces and nephews.
The family would like to especially thank the staff at Dr. Costas Constantinou and Heartland Hospice Care.












 



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