Dee Will Keilers

1937 - 2011


Dee Will Keilers of Ozona passed away November 1, 2011.  He was born to the late L.W. Keilers and Corinne Folk Keilers on September 2, 1937 in Coleman, Texas. He graduated from San Angelo Central High School and married his high school sweetheart Joyce Kay Moos on August 31, 1957. She preceded him in death on March 29, 1997. His only brother, Carroll, also preceded him in death in 1979. Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at the Ozona Church of Christ. Graveside service will be at 2:00 P.M. in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Preddy Funeral Home.

He served his country in the Army National Guard and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant in the artillery. He was honorably discharged on January 28, 1965. Dee began his working career with the San Angelo Water Department shortly after high school, where he worked for many years. Dee and Joyce Kay moved their family to Ozona in 1971, where he was served as Superintendent of the Crockett County Water District until his retirement.

He was a Texas Water Utilities Association Member, and taught in many water education programs throughout Texas. After moving to Ozona, Dee joined the Ozona Volunteer Fire Department, where he served for 38 years; most recently as Training Chief. During this time he served as President of the Hill Country Fire Association. He also joined the Crockett County Emergency Medical Services, serving as Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic for many years. He taught at Fire and Rescue Schools statewide, including Texas A&M, Ft. Stockton and Ft. Davis.

Dee was a faithful member of Ozona Church of Christ, serving for many years as a Deacon and was also a faithful member of the First Baptist Church Men’s Bible Class; as well as Walk to Emmaus community and Promise Keepers. Dee’s volunteer activities included Boy Scouts, where he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. He was a longtime member of the Ozona Lions Club and served as President in 1980-81 and again in 1993-94. He was active with the 4-H shooting program in Ozona, and taught many youth hunter education classes where he shared his love of the outdoors with his students. Dee was also involved with the annual West Texas Boys Ranch hunt for many years, and the Texas Game Warden Association recognized him as Region 1 Associate of the Year in 1992.

After his retirement, Dee traveled throughout Texas and the western United States. He spent his summers in Lake City, Colorado with his friends; where he traveled with the jeep club exploring the back roads of the Colorado Mountains and sitting around the camp.  He loved Big Bend and spent many wonderful hours taking pictures of the rugged beauty and telling stories of his adventures.

Dee is survived by his two children, Lance Keilers of San Angelo and his fiancée Betsy and son Clayton; Karen Keilers Kimball and husband Jeff of Fort Davis. He is also survived by four grandchildren; Mackenzie and Chase Keilers and Keesey and Jeren Kimball. Pallbearers will be Doug Meador, Larry Glosson, Bob Falkner, Lane Scott, Ronnie Sexton, Porter Daniel, Russell Worley, Bill Flint, and Robert Behrens.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Ozona Fire Department and EMS.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Ballinger Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Ozona Fire Department, or the Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Department.