SYCAMORE – George Oliver Keaton, 84, of Sycamore, Ill., died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at OSF St. Anthony, Rockford.|
Born Nov. 30, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of James C. and Sallie (Simpson) Keaton, George married Kathleen Talley on Sept. 25, 1954, in Ross Georgia. She passed away Nov. 29, 2003.
George was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean Conflict. George worked for Barber-Greene Company for more than 30 years, enjoying working hard and spending time with his family. He said the best time in his life was going to the motorcycle races in Tennessee.
He is survived by his children, Duane (Donna) Keaton of Cape Coral, Fla., Kimberly (Gary) Schneider of Rochelle, and Tracey (Michael) Blanchard of Sycamore; stepchildren, Wanda (Stanley) Croom of DeKalb and Edward Dupes of Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren, Dana (Sydney) King of Sycamore, Kristina Keaton of Cortland, Kenneth Pitts of DeKalb, William Pitts and Tammy (David) Robertson, both of Mississippi, Tony Pitts and Jacob (Jennifer) Schneider, both of Rochelle, Jordan Higgins, Kaitlyn Higgins and Brandon (Angela) Blanchard, all of Sycamore, Rhiannon (Jason) Foster of DeKalb, Jacklyn Blanchard of Sycamore, Kelly (Ken) Waller of DeKalb, and Brett Dupes and Shane Dupes, both of Des Moines; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and five brothers and one sister.
The family extends special thanks to the staff at Lincolnshire Place in Sycamore for their kindness and care.
The memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Robert Vaughn of Malta Congregational Church officiating and with full military honors by a DeKalb County Honor Guard. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date. Cremation is by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory. Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the George O. Keaton Memorial Fund for the
, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Nov. 9, 2013