William "Bill" Merwin Keech, age 86 of Hastings, passed away May 11, 2018 at Thornapple Manor in Hastings.

Bill was born February 9, 1932 in Hastings, Michigan the son of Chester and Metha Louise (Kesler) Keech.  He attended Hastings High School, graduating in 1950.   Bill honorably serviced in the U.S. Army, during the Korean Conflict.  Over the years, he worked for Orchard Industries, E.W. Bliss, and Flex Fab.  Bill married Jerrine Joustra on February 2, 1956 and they have enjoyed 62 years of marriage. 

Bill enjoyed Ice Fishing, was an avid gardener, he enjoyed daily walks and walking the Mackinaw Bridge on Labor Day. He was an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions, and for many years attended the Lions game on Thanksgiving Day.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Metha Keech and brother, Russell Keech.    Bill is survived by his wife, Jerrine Keech of Hastings, sons: Terry Keech (Angie Evans) and Brian (Amy) Keech, daughters, Vicki (Tom) Butler, and Debbie (Mark) Ulrich, grandchildren: Brent, Kristen, Jeremy, Megan, Erin, Eric, Cory, Crystal, Caleb and Emma, and 12 great-grandchildren, brother, Donald (Nadine) Keech and several nieces and nephews.  

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.   Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 am, also at Girrbach Funeral Home.  Interment will take place at Fuller Cemetery with full military honors, provided by American Legion Post #45 and Active Military.

Memorial contributions may be made to Thornapple Manor,  2700 Nashville Rd., Hastings, MI  49058.


Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings.  To leave an online condolence, visit










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