Bill was the 5th child of S. Thornton and Gertrude Keyser, born in Columbus, Ohio, August 16, 1930, died January 18, 2013. Named William Boyd (after the Hop-a-long Cassidy) fame of the day by his oldest brother. Graduated from Westerville High School, Westerville, Ohio in 1948, earned letters for baseball and football. President of his senior class and the science club. Bill met Lois in 1946, became high school sweethearts, married September 1950. He attended Ohio State University, 1949 until activated with the 37th Division, Ohio National Guard in 1951. Returned to Ohio State in 1953, recruited by Goodyear Atomic Corp in 1954 in the Metallurgy Dept. After 10 years, Bill joined Bechtel Corp., in San Francisco, Material and Quality Services, Research and Engineering Dept. His service in San Francisco was on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) as well as other projects, national and international. Bill received two Professional Engineer Registrations, Metallurgical and Quality Engineer. He was assigned Manager of the Engineering/Quality/Assurance Dept in Bechtel's Gaithersburg, Md. Office, 1975-1978 then the Ann Arbor, Mich., office until he returned to San Francisco in 1982. Retired after 25 years and started his private consulting business, national and international for over 10 years. After more than 30 years in the Bay Area, moved to Palm Desert to settle into retired living and enjoy visiting family and friends and traveling to places he wanted to see. Met new friends and became active with the Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church. Preceded in death by his parents, all siblings, and his own infant son, Wayne Bryan. Bill is survived by his wife, Lois of 62 years, of Palm Desert; daughter Terri (Dennis) Emerson, Kerrville, Texas, son Larry (Sallie) Keyser, Santa Rosa, Calif., daughter Judy (Brian) Gibson, Brentwood, Calif. He was happiest grandpa/papa of seven grandchildren, one grand daughter-in-law, two grandson-in-laws and the newest addition- 1st great grandson. A Celebration of Life will be 1:00 pm Sunday February 17, at the Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church. A private interment will be held at Riverside National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
, Diabetics Association, and
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Published in The Desert Sun on Feb. 9, 2013