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David Keaton

In Loving Memory

Keaton, David L.

October 15, 1955 - November 18, 2023

Beloved husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, son, son-in-law, and friend, David (Dave) Lee Keaton of Crestwood, Missouri passed away at the age of 68 on November 18, 2023 with family by his side. Since his cancer diagnosis, he was nothing but courageous and optimistic while fighting until the end.

Dave was incredibly loved by those who knew him well, naturally providing endless laughter with his unpredictable stories and quick wit. In his younger years he spent his free time fishing on any given lake in the Missouri area. He eventually decided to trade in his bass boat to passionately pursue another hobby – cooking. His love for all things cooking was evident simply by his collection of smokers and grills that could be found at his home. You name it, he likely had a recipe, or an entire cookbook, for it.

Above all, Dave was loyal to those he loved and cared for. He spent countless hours attending every game, practice, and concert of his daughter’s, making friends who turned into family along the way. He was quick to credit his wife Carol with “keeping him line” throughout their forty-six years of marriage. Dave was a dedicated, hard worker, spending the majority of his working years driving commercially to support his family. He spent the last leg of his career, before recently retiring, as the coach bus driver for Budrovich – a role he poured a great deal of love into while spending time with clients who became close friends.

Dave is preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Keaton (nee: Williams), his father William Keaton, and his sister Linda Keaton. He is survived by his wife, Carol Keaton (nee: Puleo), his daughter, Kate Keaton, his siblings Bill Keaton and Cindy Stanley (nee: Keaton), and his beloved cat Harry.

In lieu of flowers we ask for a random act of kindness towards someone in need this holiday season or donations to your favorite animal shelter.

Visitation will be held at Kutis Affton Chapel 10151 Gravois Rd. 63123 on December 15, 2023 from 4-8pm.”


15 thoughts on “Keaton, David L.”

  1. My condolence to all of Dave’s Family and friends.Dave was a good reliable guy and friend.He will be missed. It’s sad he’s gone from here.

  2. I spent many days and nights traveling with Dave Keaton when we were both at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters In Washington DC. We traveled many years together and landed in some pretty wild and scary situations trying to reform the teamsters union and give a right to vote and elect national officers. They called us the Daves at Teamsters Headquarters. Dave was a tireless fighter for workers rights on the job. I Love Dave like a brother and will miss him so very much.
    Rest in God’s Love My Friend
    Dave Eckstein

  3. Our family grieves with yours. Our hearts are filled with sadness but our memories are filled with many happy memories spent with Dave at softball games and on bus trips. We are always here for you if you need anything. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and we pray for peace and comfort to guard your hearts and minds.
    With love,
    The Budrovich Family

  4. David, you will be so missed! You were such a kind and helpful neighbor, always ready to help And, when they diagnosed your health problem, you were such a fighter. Rest in peace now, knowing you left an indelible mark in our neighborhood.

  5. David, you will be so missed! You were such a kind and generous neighbor; always ready to help when anyone needed it. And, when your health problem was diagnosed you were such a fightrer. Rest in peace now David, knowing you left an indeliible mark in our neighborhood.

  6. David, you are so missed. You were a friendly and kind neighbor, ready to help anyne that needed it. And, when your health situation was diagnosed, you were a fighter. Rest in peace knowing you left an indelible mark on our neighborhood.

  7. I was totally taken by surprise when learning about the passing of Dave. I spent many hours on every lake in Missouri flogging the waters looking for that elusive monster bass. I last saw Dave at my wifes wake and and received heart felt love from him for Jan. Carol, I will remember with laughter and love our times together at Tony’s lake house and the boat rides singing to Clarence Carter. I will lift a cold beer to him and wish him God speed.

  8. To a fellow SW Longhorn Student of my ’73 Class, I send my dearest sympathy for your loss of Dave! Treasure his memories, have faith he is at peace with our Lord & his Angels holding him dearly. ♡

  9. I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Dave Keaton. I saw his obit in the paper. Four months, less one day from Bruce’s passing but I know for sure that the two of them have found each other again, and are reliving the glory days of Yellow Freight and Teamster Local 600 organizing. My sympathy to Carol, his daughter Kate, and his entire family. You’re in my prayers.

  10. I worked with both of the Daves from 1996 to 1999 @ the IBT in Washington DC. I
    learned a lot from Dave Keaton and knew that he always had your back when you
    were right on a issue or topic,But also could teach you when you were wrong on a
    issue or topic in a fatherly way.I never saw him in a bad mood during our time of
    working together and always had a friendly greeting boom out of him when he saw you.He was a Great Teamster Member and was always proud of his daughter
    Katy and wife Caroline.
    Restful Peace David
    Tim Raiter

  11. We loved Dave! He brought us joy and laughter. Dave was our neighborhood watchman and protector. We will miss him so much. Hugs to Carol and Kate.


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