William L. "Bill" Keaton       28 November 2011

William L. "Bill" Keaton, 74, passed away November 28, 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia Frances  Adamek  Keaton;
daughter,  Karen  Lynn  Keaton  Scarcelli;  brothers, Galen
Spencer and  Thomas  Loyal  Keaton; two  grandchildren; one
nephew; and three nieces.  Family will be receiving friends,
Wednesday, November  30, 2011, from  6:00 p.m. to  8:00 p.m.,
at  Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin  Funeral Home.  Funeral services
are set  for  Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at
Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth, Kansas.  Interment will  follow  at
Ellsworth Cemetery. Arrangements were made with Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin
Funeral Home.

He was born in Ellsworth, KS, July 28, 1937 to Ivan and Silvey Spencer
Keaton.  Bill was raised in Geneseo, KS  and  graduated  Geneseo  High
School  in  1955.  As  a Kansas State University graduate, he received
his Bachelor's of Science degree in Geology in May 1959.  In August of
that year, Bill married Georgia Frances Adamek and moved to Denver, CO.
Bill was hired as the Government Liaison for  Colorado  Scrum  Company.
In October 1965, Bill started working for Geophysical Services Inc, in
Midland, TX, as  a  jr. Geophysical  Engineer.  By  1971, Bill and his
family were living in Dhahran, Saudia Arabia, where he  was  the  site
manager  for  GSI  operations.  He would later become site manager for
GSI's western U.S. Land Exploration out of Midland.  He  later  trans-
ferred to New Orleans, LA and Sugar Land, TX.

Bill was active as first vice-president of Permian  Basin  Geophysical
Society  and  a member of the Society of Engineering Geophysicists and
American Association of Petroleum Geologists.  He was active in Toast-
masters International in Midland, acting as Administrative  Lieutenant
Govenor of District 44 and later, District Governor.

By 1989, Bill  and  Georgia moved back to their home in Midland.  Bill
became an iconic figure at Venezia Restaurant, as  a  waiter, manager,
and Maitre'd for 14 years. As a brother, husband, father, grandfather,
Bill  was  always  there  to  teach, mentor, comfort and laugh, with a
quick wit and a sparkle in his eye.  He enjoyed talking to people  and
working in his yard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Nancy  Keaton
Moore.  Bill leaves behind his wife, Georgia;daughter, Karen Scarcelli
and her  husband, Carmine  Scarcelli  of  Midland; his  grandchildren,
William Saxon Scarcelli of Midland, and  Sevrin Theresa Scarcelli, at-
tending  Kansas  State  University  in  Manhattan, KS; brothers, Galen
Keaton  and wife, Ruth of Bonner  Springs, KS  and  Thomas  Keaton  of
Geneseo, KS; nieces, Heather Brannan, Jenny Elliott of Shawnee Mission,
KS, Amy Keaton of Junction City, KS; nephew, William Charles Moore  of
Houston, TX.

Family messages and condolences may be emailed to pipkin@nts-online.net