December 21, 1921-

January 15, 2014

Joseph Marion Keeton, 92, of Redfield passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Stuart Community Care Center. Visitation will be held from 6-8 P.M. on Friday, January 17th at the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Dexter, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:45 P.M. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, January 18th at the Redfield United Methodist Church. Burial will be at the Chariton Cemetery in Chariton, Iowa at 2:30 P.M. on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Redfield United Methodist Church, in care of Johnson Family Funeral Home, PO Box 246, Stuart, Iowa 50250. Online condolences may be left at

Joe was born on December 21, 1921 to Forrest Francis and Alida Jane (Brown) Keeton in Lineville, Missouri. He grew up in the Chariton area and graduated from Chariton High School with the class of 1939. Joe was united in marriage to Frances Eleanor Spencer on December 26, 1946 at the Presbyterian Parsonage in Chariton, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Marcia, Gary and Jenelle. In 1947, they made their home in Redfield where Joe worked for the Cargill elevator. In February, 1951, Joe bought a straight truck and the hog buying business from Ward Redfern. He enjoyed the friendships he developed with his customers. He retired in 1984, after operating his business for 33 years. After his retirement from the hog business, Joe drove a school bus part-time for 14 years, transporting the classes on field trips and the sports shuttle. It pleased him that the kids called him "Grandpa Joe" and did that wherever they saw him. Joe loved to walk and ride his bicycle. He said he wore out 3 bicycles in 22 years, riding over 40,000 miles. Joe liked to keep busy and every fall, for 30 years, he would gather black walnuts and pick out 30 quarts to sell and share with others. Joe was a farm boy and loved his horses. He shared that love with his children, buying them a horse and raising 2 colts. Joe won many awards as a member of the horse judging team in high school. Joe enjoyed the trips he took with his family and other Redfield friends to Minnesota every summer. He spent many hours teaching young and old to water ski. Joe skied for the last time himself at age 78 with Gary driving the boat. He and Frances also enjoyed vacations in Hawaii, Colorado, and bus trips to Grand Canyon, and Canada. He always had a large, and very well groomed, vegetable and flower garden at the stockyards. Roses, zinnias, and gladiolas added add a colorful appeal to his hog business. He was a long-time member of the Redfield United Methodist Church, Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Stars and a living history farm volunteer. For years he played Santa Claus for the town’s Christmas giveaway. He also enjoyed playing cards and games, attending congregate meals in Stuart, and very much enjoyed spending time and visiting with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Frances, and one great-grandson: Miller Weible.

Joe leaves behind to cherish his memory his children: Marcia Webb and her husband, Steve, of North Platte, Nebraska; Gary Keeton and his wife, Bonnie, of Redfield; and Jenelle Preator and her husband, Jerry, of Lakeview, Arkansas; grandchildren: Cori Pope and her husband, Cameron, of Denver, Colorado; Brady Weible and her husband, Bryan, of Grimes; and Amy Webb of North Platte, Nebraska; great-grandchildren: Ava and Clara Pope and Callie and Jake Weible; sister: Frances Staton of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law: Alyce Spencer of Lacona; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.