Fred R. Keeley

January 3, 1937 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Fred Keeley Obituary

Fred “Bud” Keeley, 87, of Northumberland, passed away on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, at Nottingham Village Northumberland, after being a patient for only one week.  During a visit with his grandson on Jan. 18,  He remarked that “The work party is almost over, I am being released. I am going home tomorrow.” He passed away peacefully in his sleep the following morning. Fred was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Sunbury, a son of the late Charles E. Keeley Jr. and Mildred (Derk) Keeley. He spent his early childhood years in Harrisburg, Pa., until the family relocated back to Northumberland.
After being set up on a blind date by his Aunt Kate Derk, he met and married Diane Audrey Derr on Nov. 20, 1965, in the First Presbyterian Church, Northumberland, with the Rev. Harry F. Shoaf officiating. Diane preceded her husband in death on Jan. 20, 2016. They were married for 51 years celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2015. 
Fred was a member of the 1956 class of Northumberland Schools, and graduated early, enlisting in the U.S. Navy for four years where he was an Aviation Electrician, and 2nd Class Petty Officer E-5. During that time, Fred obtained his pilot’s license. After returning to civilian life,  Fred was employed as a craft machinist and Tool and Die Maker for the Jules Schenk Co., The Wilhold Corporation of Sunbury, and Sonoco Products in Milton.
Fred was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, serving two terms on the congregation council.
Fred was an avid sports fan, and devoted Penn State follower. He never missed a game. No one dared speak to him during game time, and the outcome of the game always determined his mood. He spent 16 years coaching Northumberland Little League, and was the founder of the Girls Softball League in Northumberland. Fred spent an additional five years on the Recreation Committee for the borough.  
Fred was a life member of the No. #1 Fire Company in Northumberland, and a member of the Post 44 American Legion.
Fred is survived by one daughter and son-in-law Missy and Dennis Shaffer, of Sunbury; one son and daughter-in-law Mike and Julie Keeley of Northumberland, and, grandchildren: Elias and Kyndra Shaffer of Charleston, S.C., Caleb Shaffer, and his fiancé Dillon London of Sunbury, Sarah Shaffer, Nicole Keeley and Alyssa Keeley; a brother and sister-in-law Larry and Donna Keeley of Lewisburg, Pa.;  sister and brother-in-law Linda and Terry Eberhart of Lewisburg, Pa., and sister-in-law Pat Keeley of Sunbury. Fred was pre-deceased by one brother, Charles Keeley on Northumberland on June 2, 2010
A celebration of life service will be held on March 23, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church 5th and Market Streets, Sunbury, Pa., with an Internment at the Riverview Cemetery Northumberland. A luncheon for friends and family in the Zion Lutheran Church Social Hall will follow.
Arrangements by the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home.


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