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Dr. William P. Killeen - 90

1/7/1929 - 9/29/2019

Clinton, Iowa

Dr. William P. Killeen, age 90 of Clinton, Iowa died Sunday September 29, 2019 at Mercy One Medical Center.  A Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Prince of Peace Parish. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, October 3rd at the Pape Funeral Home.  Burial will take place at St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be William’s grandchildren; Jason and Adam Todtz; Ezri, Patrick, Nathan, and Noah Killeen.  Honorary pallbearers will be James Timmer, Tom Lyons and John DeWitt.


     Dr. Killeen was born in Galesburg, IL on January 7, 1929, the son of William P. Killeen and Alice M. Carolan.  Both parents passed away while William and his four siblings were small children.  All five children were cared for by two guardian aunts, Agnes and Irma Carolan, of Galesburg, IL.  Following graduation from Corpus Christi High School in 1946, William enlisted in the United States Air Force.  During his military tenure, he was stationed on the island of Guam for nearly two years, serving as NCO in charge of the Squadron Supply Depot.  William was honorably discharged in 1949.  From 1949 to 1951 he attended Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.  William continued his education at the Illinois College of Chiropody and Foot Surgery in Chicago, IL from 1951 to 1955, where he received his degree of Doctor of Surgical Chiropody.  Dr. Killeen practiced his profession in Clinton for 43 years, retiring in 1998.


     William married Esther L. Hines in Galesburg, IL on January 29, 1954.  Esther served as his dedicated nurse for most of his career.  Dr. Killeen was an active member of the Iowa Podiatry Medical Society, serving as its president at one point, and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), as well as the podiatric representative to the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care.  He served as trustee of the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, IL, and was the first podiatrist to be appointed to the Mercy Medical Center Surgical staff in Clinton. 


     Dr. Killeen was a member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, subsequently Prince of Peace Catholic Church and a member of the Home and School Association, a lector, as well as president of the School Board for one term.  He served as a member of the development board for Catholic Central Auditorium, and was active in the fundraising for the new Prince of Peace Church and remained actively involved in numerous parish committees.  He was involved for many years with the Boy Scouts of America, and was a recipient of the district Silver Beaver Award.  He was a Kiwanis member for over 40 years, and was a director.  Dr. Killeen was a member of the original Sawmill Museum board, volunteering many hours to bring the museum to fruition.  Dr. Killeen was a member of the YMCA-YWCA; he enjoyed most sports, and was an avid Notre Dame and Iowa Hawkeye fan.  Spending time outdoors was his greatest pleasure, whether working in his yard or taking regular walks; however his favorite activity was playing golf at Valley Oaks and as a member of the Clinton Country Club. When the five Killeen children were young, the family enjoyed taking regular vacations together, especially to the western parts of the country and to scouting events such as the Philmont Scout Ranch Training Center in New Mexico.


     Dr. Killeen is survived by his devoted wife, their children; Mark (Nancy) Killeen, St. Charles, IL, Kevin (Jackie) Killeen, Woodside, CA, Theresa (Mark) Todtz of Clinton, Richard (Lynn) Killeen, Lenexa, KS, and Lisa (Mike) Husar, West Bend, WI; six grandchildren; Jason (Tricia) and Adam Todtz; Nathan (Jennifer),  Noah (Natalie),  Patrick and Ezri Killeen;  4  great-grandchildren, Caden and Dylan Todtz, and Michael and Benjamin Killeen; a dear niece Linda (Elizabeth Heurtefeu) Thompson, brother-in-law; Howard (Margie) Hines; Debra Killeen, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, one brother, two guardian aunts, father and mother-in-law, John and Myrtle Hines, 4 brothers-in-law, and several uncles, aunts, and cousins.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic School Foundation, or to the American Heart Association.  Online condolences may be left at   



Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, October 3rd at the Pape Funeral Home.


A Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Prince of Peace Parish. Burial will take place at St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery.


  • Cathy McDanel

    on 10/02/19

    Bill will be greatly missed by his fellow Kiwanians. He was such a pleasure to be around, and very active with the club. Prayers to the family.

  • Robbie Bentley

    on 10/10/19

    Theresa and family, we are so sorry for your loss, know prayers and thoughts are with you

  • Renee Rickerl

    on 10/26/19

    Dear Esther: I was so saddened when I just now read that your beloved husband passed.  He was such a kind man.  My daughter, Alexandra was so fond of him from her days of working at the Country Club, he always had a kind work and some golf tips for her, which she appreciated.  I'm so very sorry for your loss, I hope you are doing well and still stopping by the YW. 
    Love, Renee

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