Francis “Butch” Keithline, Jr. of Wilkes-Barre, died Monday, January 13, 2020, in General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Francis Sr. and Doris Keithline, was a graduate of Meyers High School (1967), and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre. He worked as a lineman for PPL for 42+ years. Francis was an avid sports fan and followed all the professional Pennsylvania teams. He was also a former coach for St. Aloysius basketball, St. Theresa's Little League, and the Heights Packers football teams.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents: George and Nan Shock, who raised him.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Clare Barberio Keithline; daughter, Cheryl Ann Murphy and husband, Mark; son, Francis M. Keithline and wife Michelle; son, Martin C. Keithline and wife, Victoria; sister, Marjorie Komski. Francis was the loving grandfather to 9 grandchildren: Mark, Caitlin, Shawn, Devan, Shannon, Christopher, Samantha, Antonio Warren and Shae-Lynn Diallo.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 17, from the Lehman Family Funeral Service, 689 Hazle Street, Wilkes-Barre, with Deacon Francis Murphy officiating.
Friends are invited to join the family for a visitation from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 16, at the funeral home and Friday morning from 10:30 am until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital.
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