Keith David Hollis, 82, of Paris, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Carle Hospital, Urbana. He was a foreman for Illinois Cereal Mills for a number of years before moving to the …
Keith David Hollis, 82, of Paris, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Carle Hospital, Urbana. He was a foreman for Illinois Cereal Mills for a number of years before moving to the family farm in 1969.
A service celebrating his life is 2 p.m. Monday, June 13, at Templeton Funeral Home, with Pastor Joy Starwalt officiating. Burial follows in Edgar Cemetery. Visitation is from noon until the service time Monday at the funeral home.
Mr. Hollis was born Jan. 16, 1940, in Paris, the son of the late Clarence and Eunice Creech Hollis. He met his future wife, Nancy Hiddle, in Paris High School freshman study hall. They were married April 15, 1961, and recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.
Other survivors include three children, Jennifer Anne (Charles) Keys of Paris, Andrea (Herb) Petrotta of Indianapolis, Ind., and Joel Westbrook (Erika) Hollis of Paris; six siblings, Lindell Hollis of Lubbock, Texas, Carolyn Bohm of San Pedro, Calif., Bruce (Donna) Hollis of Clinton, Ind., Edward Hollis and John (Alicia) Hollis both of Paris and Tim (Diane) Hollis of Liberty Hills, Texas; four grandchildren, Caleb Redmon Keys, Jordon Mayo (Kayla) Keys, Shelby Jo Hollis and Hudson Westbrook Hollis all of Paris; three great-grandchildren, Eli and Marcus Keys and Riley Dawson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Phil Hollis; and a grandson, Hayden David Keys.
Mr. Hollis graduated from high school in 1958. He played football for the Paris Tigers and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Paris and had attended the former Clay’s Prairie United Methodist Church until its closing. He was a member of Illinois Farm Bureau, serving as Stratton Township representative for many years. He was also active as a member and past president of EnerStar Electric Cooperative and had served as a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Directors in Springfield.
In addition, he was a member of Prairie Lodge #77 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, AASR Valley of Danville and Ansar Shrine Temple.
Mr. Hollis enjoyed golf, watching golf matches on television and attending the Western Open Golf Match in Lemont, Ill., as well as playing in some pro-amateur games in his younger years. He loved to travel but was always happiest on the farm with his family. His humor and generosity will be sorely missed.
Memorial donations be made to the Hayden Keys Memorial Scholarship.
Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.