The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 8, 2014

Francis E. 'Jay' Keiller

The Clinton Herald

---- — Jan. 12, 1948 - March 5, 2014

CLINTON — Francis E. “Jay” Keiller, 66, of Clinton, passed away, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory. Visitation will be Sunday from noon to the service time at the funeral home. Private family burial will be Monday at Clinton Lawn Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the Camanche VFW. Serving as pallbearers will be Alexander Keiller, Kelton and Kendall Orr, Audreyanna and Jared Smith, and Ty Luett. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at The family will be hosting a gathering for friends and family at Rastrelli’s Restaurant following the service.

Jay Keiller was born on January 12, 1948 in Savanna, Illinois, the son of Francis “Ed” and Irene (Beauvais) Keiller. Jay graduated from Savanna High School in 1966, and graduated from Clinton Community College. He married Ruth Faust on November 1, 1975 in Savanna. He later graduated from Mt. St. Clare in 1991.

Jay was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Korea and Vietnam from 1966-1969 and made a very prosperous life for himself and his family upon his return stateside.

He was an asset to his community and was an accomplished wood worker (avocation) and that’s what he looked forward to doing upon his retirement. But, it wasn’t meant to be. He suffered a debilitating stroke a few months after he retired from Lyondell/Chemplex and his health has been gradually declining the last few years. He enjoyed volunteering for RSVP and also at the Clinton County Court House for the judicial department.

The bright spot in his life has always been his family. He is survived by his wife: Ruth of Clinton; three daughters: Peyton Keiller of Moline, Paige (Dave) Orr, of Trimble, Missouri, and Kim (Trevor) Willis of Camanche; five grandchildren: Alexander Keiller, Kelton and Kendall Orr, and Audreyanna and Jared Smith; two brothers: Paul (Elisabeth) Keiller of Albany, Illinois, Stephen “Mike” (Judy) Keiller of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one sister: Vicki (Carroll) Curboy of Mount Carroll, Illinois, several nieces and nephews, his aunt Joan (Gene) Reeser of Clinton; his beloved dog Samantha and friend Sean Luett of Clinton.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials can be made to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities or RSVP.

Death date: March 5, 2014