Date of death: 8/31/2009

Saint Meinrad Class: O 1958

Father William Edward Kekeisen, 79, was a retired priest from the Diocese of Springfield, IL. He recently worked weekends at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Venice and San Pedro Parish in North Port, FL.Father Kekeisen was born June 16, 1930, and was a graduate of Saint Meinrad Minor Seminary in St. Meinrad, IN, and St. John’s Seminary in Little Rock, AR. He was ordained May 24, 1958, in Springfield. He served at parishes in Quincy, Springfield, Wood River, Decatur, Bathalto, Edmundsville, Vandalia, Mount Olive and Jerseyville. He retired in 1998.He is survived by two sisters, Janet Beasley and Louise Miller; and two brothers, Frank Kekeisen and Robert E. Kekeisen.Donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the American Heart Association.Information obtained from the Diocese of Venice, FL.