William Keith Alkire

Covington, Louisiana

Feb 14, 1922 – Aug 7, 2019


February 14, 1922
August 7, 2019
Covington, Louisiana


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William Keith Alkire passed away at home on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the age of 97. Bill was born February 14, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was raised by Glen and Sadie Alkire. In 1943 he joined the Army Air Corps to fight in WW II as a bombardier in the European theatre. His plane was shot down and he was captured, spending the remainder of the war as a prisoner of war. Afterward, Bill returned and completed his degree in Geology at the Colorado School of Mines in 1948. This led to a job with Shell Oil Company that lasted over 35 years, during which time he met and married Joan Plackemeire in 1951. They raised their family of 3 moving to various locations until settling down in Covington, Louisiana in 1968. Bill's interest and hobbies were numerous. He spent many years after retirement at Sunny Hills Farm Washington Parish enjoying God's creation and making a wonderland for his numerous grandchildren to enjoy. Bill was a voracious reader, with history and the Bible at the top of his list. Genealogy was another passion of his, allowing him to trace his family's roots back to the first child born on the Mayflower in Cape Cod Harbor. He also followed the Stock Market on a daily basis and could give a dissertation of the markets activities over the last 60 years. Ultimately, he will be remembered for his love of God and family. His unwavering faith in God gave him peace and assurance throughout his life. Bill has joined Joan, his wife of 56 years, in heaven. His family, including three children, Chris (Debbie) Alkire, Mark (Karen) Alkire, and Leslie (Billy) Michaelis, along with his 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild will miss him dearly. We would like to express our appreciation to his 4 wonderful caretakers and handyman for the love and care they gave to Bill. Family and friends are invited to attend graveside services at Covington Cemetery #1 at 4:00 Saturday, August 10th. Instead of flowers please make donations to Billy Graham, Bill's favorite charity. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the E.J. Fielding Frneral Home online Guest Book at www.ejfieldingfh.com

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Bill and I were transferred by Shell Oil from Houston about 1968. We worked together on prospects/tracts in Federal lease sales in Gulf of Mexico. He was a very intelligent capable geophysicist who helped Shell become largest and most successful oil company in the Gulf. We both retired and lived in Covington. I was able to visit him last February on his 97 th birthday.

Remembering "Mr Alkire" as the most loving father, husband and friend to everyone he knew. We cherish the memories he added to our neighborhood family. Our sincere condolences to your whole family. May he Rest In Peace with his wife Joan and God who he faithfully served throughout his life.

Jolie Haik Khoury and the Haik family

I'm extremely sorry for your loss! Bill was a great man and I really enjoyed spending time with at the beach! His stories about his life were captivating! Thank you for your service Bill! Love to all the Alkire's

My condolences and prayers go out to all of you as you gather to remember a life very well lived.

Thank you for our service.

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.