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William Keeny

William L. Keeny

Thursday, March 7th, 1935 - Sunday, April 14th, 2019
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William L. Keeny, 84 passed away Sunday, April 14th surrounded by family.

Born in Pottsville, PA and a resident of Palm, PA, Bill graduated from Pottsville High School where he was a three sport athlete. He went on to play football and baseball at Muhlenburg College and graduated with a degree in education. He continued on to his Master’s degree from Lehigh University. Bill began his teaching profession at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, then Pottsville High School in Pottsville, PA and later moved to Upper Perkiomen High School where he taught for 38 years. In addition, he served as an assistant principal and athletic director, but was most noted for his leadership serving as the head football coach from 1960-1980.

After his retirement, Bill went on to coach football at Kutztown University as an assistant for 20 years. He was the linebackers coach for his oldest son Dave. Bill also served as an assistant coach for Bensalem High School and William Tennent High School with his youngest son Biz. Bill was inducted to the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame and later into the Upper Perkiomen Hall of Fame.
Bill was forever devoted to his family. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed countless trips to sports competitions in support of his grandchildren. An avid sports fan, he also enjoyed fishing, tax preparation, spending time at the beach, or going out to dinner with his wife Shirley and daughter Lynn. He was a member of New Goshenhoppen U.C.C. and served in the Army Reserves.

Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years Shirley (Cody) and his three children: David (Trina) of Virginia Beach, VA, Lynn Robinson of Gilbertsville, PA and Biz (Jenn) of Warminster, PA. Ten grandchildren: Erica, Kayla, Jill, Brandon, Matt, Justin, Sara, Cody, Joshua and Rachel. Sisters in law: Janet Swartz of Newark, DE and Dorothy Savage of Breinigsville, PA and brother in law George Cody of Pottsville, PA. He is predeceased by his parents Lloyd C. and Anna (Berger) Keeny.

A visitation will be held from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, 222 Washington Street East Greenville, PA 18041. A Celebration of his Life will be planned at a later date. Offer sympathy to the family at www.mannslonakerfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, a donation fund will be set up at a later date along with his Celebration of Life. Interment will be private.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Upper Perkiomen High School
    2 Walt Road
    PENNSBURG, PA 18073
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 15th, 2019 1:00pm
    Upper Perkiomen High School
    2 Walt Road
    PENNSBURG, PA 18073
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 4 pm


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Private Condolence

Celeste Bish

Posted at 08:19am
My deepest condolences to Shirley and the family. I was widowed in 2009 and fearful of dealing with the IRS and the state of Penna. A friend told me about Bill - that he helped widows with their taxes. He was friends with my favorite business teacher in the 1960's at Hatboro-Horsham High School (a rival of Upper Perk in sports). A pastor I had worked with for 12 years was a former student of Bill's at Upper Perk. I knew I was in good hands for annual tax prep. He told wonderful stories, adored his family, and I'll miss our annual talk about U.S. politics. There is a phrase: the man, the myth, the legend. That is Bill Keeny.
Celeste Bish

Jeff Huddleston

Posted at 08:39am
Sincere sympathy to the entire Keeny family. I met him and his wife at a number of Upper Perk boys basketball games. Bill was very friendly to me, and I enjoyed talking basketball with him. It was obvious to me how much he loved sports and the student-athletes who competed.
Jeff Huddleston

Gary Williams

Posted at 12:11am
Ginny and I send condolences to the Keeny family. Bill was such a great guy to be around. I loved coaching with him at K-town. He was a great O-coordinator to work for. But I think, football not withstanding, he made people around him become better persons. And Shirl you were a great wife and partner for Bill. He always showed his love for you.

Bob Miller

Posted at 11:23am
My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Keeny family. I will always remember him as a tremendous and kind man full of positive energy who left a lasting impact on all around him.

Michael A.Cody

Posted at 10:05am
My sympathies go out to the Keeny family. As a coach , teacher and person he always gave his best , which as a student and player of his you could never ask for more ,a pleasure to have known him. Michael A. Cody

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