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Joe E. Keepers, 78 year old Woodward resident, died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at his home in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Chris Ames officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery with the United States Army providing military graveside rites.

Joseph Edgar Keepers was born on February 18, 1938 in Coalgate, Oklahoma to Joseph Edgar and Amy Elizabeth (Clark) Keepers. Joe was raised in Coalgate, Oklahoma where he attended school, he later moved to Camargo and attended school there as well.

Joe was united in marriage to Vera Fay Taylor on August 5, 1961 in Vici, Oklahoma, they made their home in Woodward. To this union four children were born, Jona, William, Connie, and Carol.

Joe had many trades throughout his life some of such include farming, working for the Kimbel's Grain elevators for 13 years and Northeswest Oklahoma Railroad for 13 years . He was also employed with the United States Postal Service for a short time. Joe had many hobbies, including planting and gardening, artwork and painting, fishing and hunting and telling stories and cracking jokes with everyone he met.

He served in the United States Army as a Sound Recorder from May of 1957 to February of 1970 and he served our country as a Specialist before being honorably discharged.

Joe and his wife Vera attended church at the United Pentecostal Church in Woodward. One thing Joe enjoyed most about life was the company of his many family and friends. Joe's most used quote was "that he might not be rich in money but he was extremely wealthy with love and family."

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Amy Keepers, two brothers, William C. Keepers and his wife Jewell and John S. Keepers and one son William E. Keepers.

Joe is survived by his wife of almost 55 years Vera Fay Keepers; three daughters, Jona Cooney and husband Wilson "Bill" Cooney of San Antonio, Texas, Connie Keepers of Woodward, Carol Gonser and husband Mike of Woodward; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one on the way; sister-in-law, Gladis Gamble Keepers; numerous other relatives and many friends.

Remembrances may shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on April 26, 2016
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