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Richard F. Keefe

February 13, 1949 — December 23, 2021

Richard F. "Rick" Keefe, 72, of Waterloo, IL, died December 23, 2021, in Waterloo, IL. He was born February 13, 1949, in East St. Louis, IL.

He is survived by his wife Esther Keefe (nee Biehl); children Timothy Lee (Debbie) Keefe and Megan Frances (Michael) Pastor; grandchildren Caroline and Owen Keefe and Fox Pastor; brothers Patrick Keefe, Michael (Judy) Keefe, and Robert Keefe; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Henry & Eda Mae (nee Klapp) Keefe; sister-in-law Jeanne Keefe; and nephew John Davis.

Rick passed away after a long battle with progressive supranuclear palsy. The terrible disease ravaged him physically, but it never touched his courage, faith, humor, dedication to his family or love for his wife, Esther. Rick was a teacher and coach at Waterloo High School for 35 years.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
VITAS Hospice
St. Michael's Catholic Church - Paderborn, IL
or KiMeCND.org (a charity dedicated to the research of this disease, PSP)

Memorial Visitation:
4 PM to 8 PM Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Quernheim Funeral Home
9 AM until time of service Wednesday at St. Michael's Church

Funeral Mass:
10 AM Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at St. Michael's Church in Paberborn, IL
Father Jim Voelker officiating

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Memorial Visitation

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

4:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)

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Memorial Visitation

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

9:00 - 9:45am (Central time)

St. Michael's Catholic Church (Paderborn)

4576 Buss Branch Rd, Waterloo, IL 62298

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Starts at 10:00am (Central time)

St. Michael's Catholic Church (Paderborn)

4576 Buss Branch Rd, Waterloo, IL 62298

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