- February 25, 1935 - February 11, 2017
- Tequesta, Florida
of William's Passing
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“I learned a long time ago that our Dad wasn't just loved by his family, but also by his friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Dad was an amazing man....Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Sue Parrish - FL - Daughter
“i learned a long time ago that our Dad wasn't just loved by his family, but also by his friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Dad was an amazing man....Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Sue Parrish - FL - Daughter
“I've never been more proud to be his daughter as I am after seeing what an impact my Dad has made in the community and in the lives of his family and...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Debbie Gassaway - Tampa, FL
“I was saddened by the news of Bill's passing when I heard it from the other members of the P&W Tuesday breakfast group. I worked for Bill for many...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: William Guevremont - Jupiter, FL
“My condolences go out to the entire VanKeuren Family. Bill's legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren.
5 of 13 | Posted by: jon wainwright - West Palm Beach, FL
“GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTENOne Saturday God's angels cameAnd took Grampie far awayBut, in the stillness of the nightAs I sat and prayedI could almost hear...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Elizabeth Van Keuren - Jupiter, FL
“Dearest Sue & Family,Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you & your family at this difficult time. May your beautiful memories of your Dad...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Sharon Barwick - Jupiter, FL
“your family is truly blessed to have had such a strong loving father to look up to and have wonderful memories to share for many years to come. He...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Mary West - Jupiter, FL - Friend
“What a full, happy life he lead.. I am very sorry to the family for such a heartfelt loss. May many memories resurface at this time to provide some...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Karen Hunt - Jupiter, FL - Friend
“Bill was a great friend. In my wedding party and we doubled dated with the girls in high school. Golfed with him the last few years and exchanged...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jane and Frank DeFalco - Friend
11 of 13 | Posted by: Marilyn Hall - tequesta, FL
“God bless the Van Keuren family. Debbie and Robert are great friends and we feel like we knew Bill, even though we never met. Peace to all.Love,...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Karen and Gerald Cionci - FL
“Bill and Tom worked together for many years. On a trip to DC together they went to Georgetown for dinner. Bill was not satisfied until they...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Micki and Tom Batte - Asheville, NC
WILLIAM CHARLES VAN KEUREN
Bill Van Keuren, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed peacefully on February 11, 2017. He was born February 25, 1935, the only child to Robert and Mildred Van Keuren of Worcester, MA. Bill graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1956 with a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. He then began his 37 year engineering career for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT, as a Project Engineer and Program Manager for Mature Engines. The family relocated to Florida in 1976.
Bill is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy, and their children William D. and Alexandra Van Keuren (daughter Elizabeth), Peter S. and Kimberly Van Keuren (daughter Lindsay and son Steven), Robert S. and Sandra Van Keuren (sons Christopher, Matthew, and Aaron, grandson Jackson), Susan F. and David Parrish (sons David and Thomas), Debra L. and Robert Gassaway (sons Michael and Adam) and James C. and Monique Van Keuren (son Caleb).
Bill was an avid Boston Red Sox fan his entire life. As a young boy, Bill was involved in scouting and later joined the U. S. Air Force, as an adult, serving his country. From youth throughout his life he had many hobbies, including building models, drawing, developing his photos in his darkroom, woodworking, and tinkering with electronics. As a young man, he proudly restored a 1931 Ford Model A with which he drove his wife from their wedding reception to their life together.
Bill enjoyed people and had a gift of building lasting relationships with everyone he met. He maintained close ties with his high school buddies, college friends, and Pratt family.
Bill always loved history and exposed his children to numerous, educational and historical vacations while living in New England. As a Floridian, he enjoyed a new hobby, boating, which provided numerous new memories for he and his family.
After retiring in 1993, Bill and Dorothy enjoyed traveling both domestically and abroad. He had visited 47 different countries, by air, land and sea. He and Dorothy surprised their children and their families with two trips of a lifetime, weeklong cruises to, as he put it, "Build lasting memories."
He continually attended his grandchildren's various sporting and academic events throughout their lives. Bill was a lifelong learner and reader. He was an artist who created carvings and free hand paintings. He bought his first computer after retiring which kept him occupied. He also set out to learn the game of golf, in order to spend time with his sons. He enjoyed weekly golf outings with friends and breakfast with his friends and former Pratt colleagues. Eternally the engineer, he always had a project underway and continually developed solutions to any problem he encountered.
Bill will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to be in his life.
A visitation will be held 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 16 at Taylor-Modeen Funeral Home in Jupiter, FL. A funeral service will be held Friday, February 17, at 11:00 a.m. also at Taylor-Modeen, followed by burial at Riverside Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that you consider donations in his name to St. Jude Children's Hospital