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William 'Bill' L. Kegley, 96

| December 17, 2020 1:00 AM

William “Bill” L. Kegley, 96, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed away Dec. 12, 2020. He was born June, 1924, in Detroit.

He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Patsy Ruth, who passed away in May of 1998. They were married 44 years. He is survived by his brother, James “Tom” and his sister, Nancy; his three sons, Michael (wife Diane) Rick (wife Sandy) Dan (wife Maura); and two step-daughters, Cheryl (Anson) Fisher and Connie (Anson) Bott. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Bill was a World War II veteran that received accommodations for his service in the U.S. Navy, and he kept in touch with his surviving veteran brothers over the years in numerous reunions. He remained active with the VFW and American Legion.

An avid photographer in retirement, Bill captured the beauty in nature and documented the growth of his family. In order to reach nature he would often ride his ATV in the mountains around Coeur d’Alene. He did this up until the age of 92. He said with new radial tires that 4-wheeler would do 70 miles an hour on Highway 95.

Bill worked as a cement mason on numerous hydro-electric projects on the Columbia River and at Boeing Field and numerous other construction sites in Washington and Idaho.

A private viewing for friends and family will be held from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at English Funeral Chapel, 1133 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene.

Please call 208-664-3143 to reserve for viewing. Due to current restrictions, 10 people are allowed on the premises at a time. The family wishes to express their apologies at this time that only immediate family will be able to attend a small service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choosing.

Reflecting on his life, he said it all went too fast, but wow, what a ride.