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Michael C. Keyes

August 5, 1957 December 21, 2021
Michael C. Keyes
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Michael C. Keyes, 64, of Peoria passed away at home on Tuesday, Dec. 21 2021. 

He was born on Aug. 5, 1957, in Peoria to William J Keyes and Ruth E Schafer.  He married the love of his life, Kathy Chapman on Aug. 17, 1991 in Three Lakes, WI.  She survives, along with his siblings: Dan (Tara) Keyes, Bill Keyes, Lynne Keyes, Kevin Keyes, Tim Keyes, Mary (Don) Adams, Chris Keyes, sister-in-law Marilyn Keyes, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David Keyes.

After graduating from AOL/Spalding in ‘76, he completed his education at Bailey Technical School in St. Louis.  He was employed at the Greater Peoria Airport Authority for 28 years, retiring in ‘08 as airfield supervisor.  He took pride in his work keeping the runways clear, heavy machinery running, and maintaining the grounds, airfield lighting, and perimeters.  

Mike enjoyed NASCAR, and listening to an eclectic mix of music, from Todd Rundgren and Joe Walsh, to the Fixx and Jeff Beck.  He belonged to the Saturday Morning Golf League and enjoyed fishing and boating at “The Lake” in WI.  He especially enjoyed playing Golden Tee Golf and pizza night with his best friends. His winning smile was contagious and his warm heart was always open to helping others in need.  Mike never met a stranger as, in his words, 
”This is what I do!”

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held at St Mark’s Church on Jan. 8, 2022 at 11am, live streamed at Interment of Ashes will be St. Mary’s Cemetery in W Peoria, date pending. A celebration of Mikey's life will be held in the spring. 

While this Winter Solstice brought us sorrow, each day forward brings a bit of light. Peace be with you.

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Cemetery Details


St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

421 N. Sterling Ave
West Peoria, IL 61604

421 N. Sterling Ave West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

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