December 29, 1944 - September 24, 2021
Billy Key, 76, of Urbana, Ohio passed away on Friday, September 24, 2021 in his home surrounded by his family.
My brother, Billy Key, was one of a kind. He was a free-thinker and had his own definite views of life, faith, and his fellow man. He could be a hard man to understand, but he was the most gentle person with little children and those less fortunate. If you were blessed to be loved by him, he would move heaven and earth for you. He worked hard all his life to provide for his family and sometimes people who weren't his family.
Bill (as I always called him) went into the Marines when he was 17, survived 1962-era bootcamp, and then came home that year to marry the love of his life, Sandy. After his stint in the Corps, he used his training to embark on a career where he was widely respected. He always remained true to his real self and wore his favorite "Billy" embroidered ball hat and jeans to business meetings. Bill never compromised to get ahead. His work ethic, intelligence, and skill propelled him in his work.
He was made of tough stuff and feared nothing on this earth. Yet when he felt love it was a complete love and you knew it. Bill was a gifted poet and wrote so many beautiful, amazing poems. And he had a crazy sense of humor all of his life. He made me laugh.
The two sons he and Sandy raised are pretty much from the same mold and have gone on to raise good and decent families. He was the best of grandpas who truly enjoyed every moment with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was a joy to watch him interact with them.
Most of all he loved his Sandy and has mourned her for these past 11 years. He longed to join her in an eternal home and that is what he did this morning.
So I say, as the song says, "fly to Jesus," brother and thank you for all the love. See you later.
Following Billy's wishes, there will be no services.
Family being served by VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.