Frank Keeser

Frank Keeser
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Frank S. Keeser, 93, of Belleville, IL, born December 15, 1923, in Lakewood, OH,  died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Dammert Geriatric Center, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Keeser worked for the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis as a machinist and was a past member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 308.  He was a square dance caller and cuer, and a member of numerous square and round dance professional organizations and clubs.  Frank was an active member of Christ United Church of Christ, a RSVP volunteer for the American Association of Retired Persons, and a United States WWII Navy veteran who served and was involved in the Okinawa invasion landing and Normandy D-Day invasion.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan, nee Hartell, Keeser, who died on December 27, 1996; his parents, Frank Sr. and Mary, nee Knapman, Keeser; a sister, Agnes Willeford; and a niece, Jo Ellen Thompson.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Jo, nee Ax, Halvachs Keeser, whom he married on November 28, 1997;
a nephew, Johnny Thompson;
two great-nieces and a great-nephew,
Kim, Stacy, and Seth (Tonya) Thompson;
a great-great-niece, Raven Thompson;
four step-children, Robert (Martha) Halvachs,
Paul (Melanie) Halvachs, Fred (Yvonne) Halvachs,
and Tom (Valorie) Halvachs;
and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Keeser family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at the Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the Dammert Geriatric Center for their loving care and support.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to Christ United Church of Christ.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017,  at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL with Rev. Jon Tinge officiating.

Entombment will be at Valhalla Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Frank Keeser

To all our Illinois family. My heart was sadden to hear of Franks passing. Those Keesers are a one of a a kind. Sendind hugs your way with love and prayers. Your W.V. Family.

The Amos’, ELIZABETH , West Virginia , 26143

Thanks for all you did Frank for the square dancers. It was deeply appreciated. God love and bless you.

Pauline Nocifora, Chesterfield, MOI, 63017

So sorry to hear of Franks passing. Condolences to the entire family. His square dance friends will remember Franks calling over the many years. 🙁

Bill & Bonnie Hgan, St Charles, MO, 63304


2 Comments on Frank Keeser

holly minnis said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2018 at 1:22 PM

Rest in peace uncle Frank. Jayne and I have wonderful memories of you and Aunt Joan. Love Jeff and Holly (Hartell) Minnis.

  • Chillicothe
  • Missouri
Jayne Hartell Wehmeyer said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2018 at 3:26 AM

Many many fond memories of Uncle Frank, when I was young growing up on Belleville until we moved. He and Aunt Joan were very good to me and my sister Holly. We spent holidays and Christmas at their house. He and my Ing Joan loved to travel on their Airstream camper. They had one and traded it in for another. We really enjoyed seeing all they slides of their travels.i still have my Aunt Joan's organ that she took traveling. She would play for the campers at church services. I enjoyed watching them squaredance and they taught square dancing and round dancing in their basement. They had lots of friends and family who loved them. Regretfully I have not seen Uncle Frank for many years. I am a grandmother and Aunt. They taught me how to love and care for others. I enjoyed all the times we spent together. May God bless his family and especially his wife. Thanks for all the memories.!! Uncle Frank, Rest in the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  • Mexico
  • MO

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