William P. Keim, 94, of Walker Township, Huntingdon, passed away at 10:57 A.M. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at his residence. Born April 25, 1923 in Meadville, PA, he was the son of the late Vivian Keim and Eila Shumacher, and was reared by his maternal grandparents Henry and Zella Shumacher. He was united in marriage to the former Virginia L. Walker on April 7, 1947 at the St. Brigid Church, Meadville, by the Reverend Father Cannon. Mrs. Keim preceded him in death on April 28, 2003.
He is survived by three children, Kristine Russell, Gary W. Keim, and Philip M. Keim and his wife, Cheryl; four grandchildren, Gabrielle Russell, Justine Russell and her husband, Michael Ruiz, Ashton Keim and his wife, Michelle, and Molly Keim and her significant other, Jesse Myers; ten great-grandchildren, Robin, Bridgette, Casey, Veronica, Amy, Akira, Acen, Nevaeh, Natalya, and Camille; and one great-great-grandson, Grant. He is also survived by a sister, Kay Pitts; and a close family friend, Pamela Roesch-Keim. He was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Cobb.
Mr. Keim was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Huntingdon, where he served as an RCIA Catechist.
He was educated in Meadville public schools and was a 1941 graduate of Meadville High School. After high school, he attended Allegheny College, Meadville, majoring in English and Science and minoring in Mathematics and Social Studies. He went on to graduate from the Pennsylvania State University - University Park, State College, with a Masters of Education, and advanced his graduate work at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, in Curriculum Design. He also attended the Universities of Maryland and Colorado.
Mr. Keim enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 13, 1942, and served in the European Theatre of Operations during World War II. He was honorably discharged on March 22, 1946, attaining the rank of U.S. Army Medic, and was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
After his return from the war, he was first employed at Cambridge Springs High School, Cambridge Springs, as an English and drama teacher from 1949 until 1952. From 1952 until 1960 he held various English teaching positions at multiple high schools including, Stroudsburg High School, Stroudsburg, William Penn High School, New Castle, DE, and Conrad High School, Wilmington, DE. In 1963, he began teaching at Dickenson High School, also of Wilmington, DE, and later spent a year abroad when he was hired as a Fulbright Instructor of American Studies at Langside College, Glasgow, Scotland, until 1964. Upon his return to the United States, he resumed his career at Dickenson High School, Wilmington, DE, as a Senior English Instructor, until 1966 when he became the Director of Secondary Education, Curriculum, and the Federal Programs at the former Dickinson, McKean, and Stanton School District, DE, until 1974. In 1974, he relocated to the Huntingdon area and served as the Superintendent of Schools to the Huntingdon Area School District, the Superintendent of the Huntingdon County Vo-Tech for 4 years, and was a member of the Executive Committee of PA Superintendents for 10 years, retiring in 1984. From 2000 until recently, he spent his time writing and publishing various novels including, And Youth Was Gone, Civil War Sergeant, Greed, and Cast the First Stone.
Mr. Keim's greatest passion was teaching, reading, and writing; he also enjoyed playing golf and other sports. He valued the theme of his first novel, that "everyone owed something to somebody", and lived by his daily prayer, "keep me around as long as I am useful, then I'm ready for the next adventure."
Friends may call from 6:30 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington Street., Huntingdon, PA 16652, where a vigil for the deceased will begin at 8:30 P.M. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 524 Mifflin Street, Huntingdon, PA, with the Reverend Father Mark Reid officiating. A graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 3rd, at the St. Brigid Cemetery, Meadville. Interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in remembrance of William P. Keim may be made to the Most Holy Trinity Church, 524 Mifflin Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652.
To sign an online guest book and express condolences, visit www.johnbbrownfuneralhome.com.
Services are under the direction of the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon, PA 16652.
Published on August 1, 2017