Jerry Dwayne Keeton was born September 28, 1935 in Pawnee County, to Cody Rex and Dena (Caudle) Keeton. Jerry went to be with the lord on June 6, 2018 at the Southern Oaks Care Center with his loving family by his side.
Jerry attended various Pawnee County schools, graduating from Pawnee High School in 1953. In 1951, while still in high school, he took a load of hogs to the Tulsa Stockyards for his dad. While there, he saw "two of the prettiest Herford heifers" he had ever seen and bought them. For those of you who don't remember, 1951 was a drought. Jerry said recently " I started out with drought and it looks like I'm gonna end up in a drought." Jerry was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958, after serving his country he married Joyce Adams on August 30, 1963 in Pawnee, Oklahoma, the happy couple were married 54 years at the time of Jerry's passing. Jerry worked 42 years for the Sante Fe Railroad in Oklahoma and Southern Kansas as well as an oil field pumper for 30 years. Jerry and Joyce spent 14 years at Marshall, Oklahoma, when their boys were young, involved in lots of 4-H and Cub Scout activities. At one time they had two 4-H exchange students living with them in a mobile home. When asked if it wasn't a bit crowed Jerry said, "There's a way if you want to." Jerry loved life to its fullest. He enjoyed gardening and visiting with everyone he came in touch with, Jerry never met a stranger, but most of all he loved the lord and it was amazing. Jerry was a 32nd Degree Mason and also a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. He helped start the Maramec Volunteer Fire Department, retiring after 22 years. Jerry and Joyce were on the support team at the Baptist Village in Cleveland and they were the caretakers of the Maramec I.O.O.F. Cemetery for many years. He was on the board of directors for the Chimney Water Association, Payne County RWD #4, Yale Low Housing Authority and the Pawnee County Cattleman's Association. He was a member of Maramec First Baptist Church he served as Deacon, and Sunday School Teacher for many, many years. Jerry and Joyce worked side by side to better their church, community, and civic organizations.
Jerry is survived by his wife Joyce, of the home, two sons; Bill and Kimberly Keeton of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Steve Keeton of Pawnee, Oklahoma, four grand children; Brandon Keeton, Konor Keeton, and Brant Keeton of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kyla Nelson of Morrison, Oklahoma, seven great grand children, one brother; Rex and Doris Keeton of Sulphur, Oklahoma, many other family members and a host of friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Cody and Dena Keeton and one sister Elaine Hallman.
Services will be held Monday 10:30 A.M. June 11, 2018 in the Maramec First Baptist Church with Pastor William Hale officiating, burial will follow in the Maramec I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers please make a memorial in Jerry's name to the Maramec Cemetery or the Maramec I.O.O.F. Lodge #299 P.O. Box 665 Maramec, Oklahoma 74045
Services were entrusted to the Poteet Funeral Home and Cremation Services, friends can leave a memory for the family at www.poteetfuneralhome.com