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William B Keena, Jr.

William Boyd Keena, Jr., 79, of Cavalier, ND, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021, at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. A private memorial service will be held Friday, February 26, 2021.

William was born September 30, 1941, in Cavalier, ND, to William B. and Sarah (Anderson) Keena. Bill grew up in the Hamilton area, and graduated from Hamilton High School. He attended college at Mayville State University and then worked for Gregory Ford in Cavalier. Bill moved to California where he worked as a car salesman. He later returned to Cavalier.

He enjoyed riding his bike and playing tennis with his brother, Rodney.

He is survived by his daughter, Sarah (Chris) Hecht; two granddaughters; special friend, Eleanore Bonaime; and siblings: Maxine (Marvin) McIntyre, Rodney (Shirley) Keena, and Sharon (Dale) O’Hara.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Claire Keena; parents; and siblings Ray and Audrey. 


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This summer will be so much different without Bill. He was a fixture for years, riding past my house on his bicycle. He rode the trail end to end, 4 times a day, for years! He would commonly stop by to say hello, always a friendly wave, sometimes stop to visit, and waited to pick apples when the tree was ready. I will miss an old friend. I'll still be looking for you, wondering if you need something adjusted on your bike or just stopping to say hello. Always a positive attitude and always good things to say. A lesson for all. Be positive and steadfast. Bill was.

Rob Watson Mar 10 2021 12:00 AM

Bill's Family, Such a gentle giant-Bill could always be seen riding his bike out west of town or around town. Sitting proud on the seat-never a slouch just peddling along with pride. At his age he could out bike anyone around. Our volunteers that took him for his appointments out of town enjoyed their visits. May you all find comfort in those that surround you and the memories and stories shared. Our deepest sympathy, Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about the passing of Butch. We had some great times in school and out of school in Hamilton. I have good memories of friends in Hamilton. Stuart J. Collins, class of 1958

Stuart J. Collins Feb 26 2021 12:00 AM

Bill was a friend, classmate, basketball teammate and basketball coach. I will miss him.

Mark Collins Feb 25 2021 12:00 AM