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Born January 19, 1948, in Portland, Oregon, to Alfred and Bessie Keys, Bill died April 24, 2013, at his home.
Bill lived most of his life in Clallam County, except during his military service.
He graduated from Crescent High School, where he was active in basketball and track for all four years.
After high school, he felled timber for ITT Rayonier until October of 1967, when he answered the nation's call to serve in the U.S. Army. He was part of the military police, where he reached the rank of E-4.
While in the military, he met and married the love of his life, Donna Dee Morris. They married on January 19, 1969, in Reno, Nevada.
Honorable discharge was granted in October of 1969, and they moved back to the Olympic Peninsula to settle in the Pysht area. Here, they raised their two sons, Karl and Johnny.
He resumed his work with ITT Rayonier until 1988.
In 1995, he started working at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center as a guard until he retired in 2010.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Donna; two sons, Karl and Johnny; and six grandchildren, Kevin, Kyle, Brittany, Kristen, Johnny Jr. and Jarod.
He is also survived by his sisters, Deborah Landes of Joyce and Kandi Erickson of Port Angeles; and brothers Carl Keys of Bear Creek, Washington, Rodney Keys of Joyce and Alfred Keys of Joyce.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Bessie Keys.
A celebration-of-life service is planned for Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Clallam Bay Presbyterian Church, 15 Eighth Street in Clallam Bay.
All who wish to attend are welcome.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 1, 2013