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William Keichler Sr.

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William G. Keichler Sr., age 75, of Hastings, died Dec. 24, 2009, at Regina Medical Center in Hastings.

William was born June 19, 1934, in Prescott, Wis., to Lloyd and Myrtle (Cotter) Keichler. He married Marian (Kinneman) on April 28, 1956, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Prescott and was employed as a plumber. William loved fishing and going up north.

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He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Marian.

William is survived by his children, Kimberlee (Vern) Gelhar of Hastings, Kelly (Craig) Nell of Isle, Kathryn (Mike) Kelley of Hastings and William Jr. (Barbara) of Cottage Grove; ten grandchildren; also 11 great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Mass, officiated by Rev. Allan Paul Eilen, was held Dec. 28 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hastings, with interment following in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers were Ryan Kranz, Dan Kranz, Nick Peterson, Ryan Palmer, Tom Kane, and Phil Biermaier. Honorary pallbearers were John "It" Kranz, Paul "Doors" Kane, John Engstrom and Jim Biermaier.

Arrangements were made with the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home of Hastings, 651-437-9419, www.caturia-smidtfh.com.

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