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Greenlawn Funeral Home

6750 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

William Donald Keys

May 7, 1936April 23, 2020

William Donald Keys, 83, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020. He was born in Gillingham, WI, May 7, 1936. He earned a degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He worked for the YMCA in Chicago, and was Executive Director of the Southeast YMCA in Fort Wayne. He worked for the Y for 38 years. He was director of the East Allen County Schools Latchhey Program for six years. He was a member of the Retired YMCA Association, Rotary International, and Jorgenson YMCA. He loved playing tennis and golf, traveling and was an avid baseball fan, collector and photographer.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie; children, Steve (Linda), Kristi (Joel) Terschak, and David; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Richard Keys and George Fetty.

Memorial service will be on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 am at The Journey Church (3536 W Wallen Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818) with visitation beginning at 10:00 am until the time of service.

Memorials to Jorgenson YMCA, Rotary International, and The Journey Church.

Services

25 July

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Journey Church - Free Methodist Church

3536 W Wallen Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46818

25 July

Memorial Service

11:00 am

The Journey Church - Free Methodist Church

3536 W Wallen Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46818

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Final Resting Place: Greenlawn Memorial Park

Memories

William Donald Keys

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Daniel Culbertson

April 29, 2020

Don was always such good company at our Rotary lunches! He was very a very interesting person!

I will miss him as will all of his fellow Rotarian s!

So sorry for your loss!!!





Steven McMahon

April 27, 2020

When I worked at the South Branch YMCA we frequently had a big turn-out for lunch, quite often at Southtown mall. I spent countless hours joking around with Don and the other Y employees.
Thanks for such wonderful memories, Don. Rest in peace.

David Keys

April 26, 2020

One of Don's passions was helping to maintain and pass on the family history and I know he shared some photos and information with my dad, James Keys, his 1st cousin. My grandfather Everel did a great deal of work on this as well, and now it is up to my generation. Attached is a photo my dad took in June 2000. May God be with all the family, but especially with Valerie, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Don Stetson

April 26, 2020

The Hoosier - Buell Chapter of the Y Alumni retirees group always counted on Don taking photos of our events, he will be missed.

Lynne Setty Walls

April 26, 2020

Remembering with great fondness our years in Harvey so long ago. My prayers and deepest sympathy to Valerie and family in the loss of Don.

Lynne Setty Walls

Cheryl Addleman

April 26, 2020

I will miss my Uncle Donny. I always enjoyed seeing his photographs from the many adventures he and Aunt Valerie took. I too am an avid photographer. I loved sharing the holidays together, especially when I was young. His family and mine would share Christmas at my Grandparents home in Wisconsin. Our Christmas tradition continued for decades. I love you. Cheryl and family

Greg Krantz

April 24, 2020

Many, many memories of Kentucky vacations and Christmas gatherings. Rest in peace, Uncle Don.

Kari (Groves) Kolling

April 24, 2020

We are so saddened by this loss!! Our hearts and prayers are with you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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