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Keehn, William Jesse "Bill"

William Jesse “Bill” Keehn, age 84, passed away on August 13, 2007, in Placerville with his son at his side.

Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pauline West Keehn of Pollock Pines; four children, Barbara Jean Cook (Wayne), William Michael Keehn (Tess), Christina Wissenback (Randy), Charlene Keehn (10 sled dogs); and his sister, Pauline Arndt (Walt). Bill and Pauline have nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews including Linda Fischer, Kenneth Arndt (Gail), Kathleen Arndt, and Kerri Arndt.

Bill grew up in Sacramento where he met Pauline in 1939 and married her in 1942. Like so many others who were called, he left his bride and went to the South Pacific where he served on a variety of submarines including the SS Searaven.

With the end of WW II, he returned to Sacramento where Bill and Pauline began their family. Bill’s community service included Boy Scout Troop leader, where he earned his distinguished membership in the Order of the Arrow, five years as a Volunteer Firefighter with Arden Fire District (1950s) and then in Tahoe City, until the 1970s.

In 1957, Bill and Pauline moved to Tahoe City where they built their log cabin dream home and Bill continued to impart to his wife and four children his deep love of the outdoors. He was a skilled fisherman. His backpacking adventures included reaching the summit of Mt. Whitney. He also frequently enjoyed sailing his own “Searaven” on Lake Tahoe. Bill was employed by the Pacific Telephone from 1957 until he retired in 1972. He was a well-loved school bus driver in the Tahoe City and Kings Beach area from 1973 until 1988.

Bill was preceded in death by Edythe May Casey Hill, his mother; Emma Lou May Keehn, sister; Donald Tracy Keehn and Carl J. Keehn, brothers.

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A reception for family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Best Western Hotel at 6850 Greenleaf Drive in Placerville. (Use the Missouri Flat Road exit from U.S. 50).

The family will greatly appreciate any remembrances being directed to the Friends of the Library, Pollock Pines. 6210 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines 95726.