Lynn P. Keepper, 70


Lynn P. Keepper, 70, of Hillsboro, died on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at 7:24 a.m. at his residence.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 2 p.m. at Ware’s Grove Cemetery in rural Butler with the Rev. Stefan Munker, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, officiating. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Event Center of Montgomery County in Taylor Springs. Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is assisting the family.

Mr. Keepper was born Jan. 7, 1952, in Hillsboro, to Howard W. and Ruth LaVerne (Short) Keepper. He married Paula Ishmael on May 26, 1979, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, and she survives.

He graduated from Hillsboro High School with the class of 1970. He attended Eastern Illinois University for one year, then graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a major in zoology and a minor in chemistry.

During his career, Mr. Keepper served as a chemistry supervisor at Coffeen Power Station, and later worked for Ameren.

A lifelong Hillsboro resident, he played golf, enjoyed bowling, and coached his children’s youth sporting teams.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Keepper is survived by his children, Bryan (wife Jessica) Keepper of Hillsboro and Andrea (husband Chuck) Durbin of Butler; three grandchildren, Skylar Durbin, Conner Durbin and Sharayah Keepper; and sister, Kay Neely of Hillsboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kent Keepper; and brother-in-law, Michael “Mick” Neely.

Memorials may be directed to Hillsboro Association for Musical Parents (HAMP), Hillsboro Sports Boosters and the Hillsboro Education Foundation. Online condolences to the family may be left at