Billy Edward Keene
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Billy Edward Keene
  • July 30, 1946 - August 12, 2017
  • Richmond, Texas

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Billy Edward Keene was born on July 30, 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland to Pearl and Billy Keene. As part of a military family he attended schools across the United States until he graduated from Balboa High School in the Panama Canal zone. After graduation he attended the University of Delaware where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. While attending the U of D he was a member of the fighting Blue Hens football team. He often mentioned, he watched many a game from the sideline while warming the bench and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Following college Bill proudly served his country on bases in the US and Germany as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. In 1972 he moved to Houston to begin his career in industrial sales and was quite successful winning top salesman in the nation several times. He met his future wife, Gail Brady and they were married nine months later. They were married for over forty-two years. They produced two children, Lindsay Keene Brown and Daniel Keene. Bill loved his family and never missed a game, recital or presentation. He loved his pet dogs and was known in the neighborhood as the pipe smoking dog walker. His favorite past time was watching college football, especially the Blue Hens, Red Raiders and the Aggies. His grandchildren were the light of his life and he loved being called Poppers. After Bill retired he was diagnosed with Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy, a rare secondary form of Parkinson's disease. He fought hard for over eight years, but lost his battle on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Billy. He leaves behind his mother, Pearl; his wife, Gail; his daughter Lindsay Brown and her husband, Jesse; his son, Daniel Keene and his loving grandchildren Blakely, Lincoln and Riggs. Bill also leaves behind a sister Beverly and other relatives. Bill will be remembered for his amazing knowledge of vocabulary, his funny sense of humor, his love of family, and whistling crazy tunes when he was happy. He will be remembered by his family for making them listen to hours of talk radio and always taking the longest route possible to any event.