William Harrison McKeehan, Sr.
East Tawas, Michigan
June 23, 1932 - January 13, 2021
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
William Harrison McKeehan, Sr., of East Tawas, formerly of Warren, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, age 88 years. William was born on June 23, 1932 in Detroit to the late Lynn B. and Mary E. (McGahhay) McKeehan. He graduated with a Masters Degree and worked as a State Certified Addiction Counselor, a Registered Social Worker, and a Licensed Psychologist in Michigan for 34 years. In 1994, William had the opportunity to step away from his long professional career and begin to enjoy his well-deserved retirement years! He will be forever remembered as an avid reader, his love of fishing and hunting, especially his passion for duck hunting. William was a Life Member of the Fraternal Order of Free Masons in East Detroit, and a long time member of the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church. William proudly served our country during the Korean War in the United States Army. His 2 year active duty was served in Korea from 1952 to 1954. He earned the rank of Corporal and was deservingly awarded the UN Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean Service Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star. William continued to serve 6 additional years in the Army Reserves after returning home to America. He will be sincerely missed but always loved by everyone who knew him! William is survived by his wife and best friend of 68 beautiful years, Sallie Ann (Nicolson) McKeehan, to whom he married in Detroit on June 14, 1952. Also surviving are his 2 children, William H. (Reda) McKeehan of Lenox Township, and Sara Ann McKeehan of East Tawas; 1 brother, David (Marilyn) McKeehan of West Minster, Massachusetts; 3 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and 4 nieces and nephews. William is preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Mary McKeehan; a daughter, Sherrie Ann McKeehan; and a sister and brother in law, Joan and Howard Farris. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and his family will celebrate his life through a memorial service which will be held at a later date to be announced. Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial contribution are encouraged to make a donation to the Compassus Hospice of West Branch at 3217 E. Michigan 55 Suite B, West Branch, MI. 48661. An online message of love and support may be left for William's family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
Compassus Hospice of West Branch
3217 E. Michigan 55 Suite B
West Branch, MI. 48661
I met William through his daughter Sarah (My Tawas Sister) at Burger Night at the Tawas Area Knights of Columbus, he loved the perch that we made there and I always snuck him extra pieces. He was a very kind man and over time I started calling him Dad and his wife Mom. I will miss our Monday nights together at the hall, a little joke between us was to give each other "The Bird". Fun memories of a great man, he will truly be missed. God Bless
— Scott M Mousseau
When I think of Uncle Bill, I can't help but chuckle and smile. Especially as a young boy, hearing him and my dad sharing stories of the clunkers they drove in high school, including one car with no brakes.
I remember Uncle Bill an Dad's standing joke, that he had remembered to bring his trash bags on many occasions, including my wedding, so that he could take the extra food home. Always followed with a great laugh.
And I remember walking into his garage for the very first time. All I saw was ducks, ducks and more ducks lining the rafters, and the huge smile on Uncle Bill's face as he watched me take it all in. That is something I'll never forget.
Thank you Uncle Bill for all the good times and the laughter. You'll be missed.
Jim and Barb Martin
— Jim & Barb Martin
I will dearly miss Bill and his great smile. He always had a wise comment and a great sense of humor. His walk-by visits were much appreciated. He was ever respectful of other's time, but I always wished he would have stayed longer. The conversations were insightful. I would love to have spent a day in the duck blind with him. His life of service in the military and as a civilian showed through his gruff appearance. Under the grizzly beard was a heart of kindness. Bill, was surely great, in many ways, towards countless people. But to me, he was a great neighbor and friend, who I will always fondly remember. May God comfort your family and give you peace. May Bill's smile warm you as he looks down on you from above.
— Ron Englehart
So very sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. Have sincerely missed seeing him and your family at the Tawas Knights of Columbus meals. That man loved his Jello and we would hear about it if we didn't have it on the salad bar. I bet there is a big bowl of Jello waiting for him in Heaven. Hugs to the family as he flies with the Angels.
— Marcia Lesinski
So sorry Sallie and Sara in the passing of your hubby and dad. may he be resting in the arms of the lord. he will be missed hugs to both of you .
— janet coyer
We will certainly miss Bill. Always a smile and a pleasant conversation. He enjoyed life and the lake will not be the same without him. He will always be in our hearts.
— Frank & Dorothy Lee