Wilbert "Wil" Keinath

Birth: December 8th, 1919
Death: October 29th, 2017
Age: 97 years
Residence:Frankenmuth, MI

Wilbert “Wil” Keinath

Frankenmuth, MI


Wilbert “Wil” Richard Keinath went home to be with his Lord and Savior on October 29, 2017. Born in the Frankenmuth farmhouse on December 8, 1919 to Herman and Linda (Bernthal) Keinath, Wil was confirmed at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, MI, where he was a lifelong member.


After graduating from Arthur Hill High School, Wil earned a B.S in agricultural engineering from Michigan State College in 1942, where he was a member of Army ROTC. He served in the 4th Cavalry during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Honorably discharged at the rank of Captain, he returned to Frankenmuth where he worked on the family farm. Shortly after his return, he met the love of his life, Lillian “Lil” Schaedig.  They were united in marriage in Rogers City MI on June 25, 1949. Sons James and Charles rounded out the family. Wil and Lil farmed in the Frankenmuth area for many years


Wil worked for the City of Frankenmuth for more than three decades and served as the City Manager from 1968 until his retirement in 1980. Throughout his career, he was active in the American Public Works Association and the Michigan Public Works Association, in which he served a term as president. He was also a member of American Legion post 150.


Family, trips and cruises, fishing, and hunting occupied his retirement years. He was an avid TV sports fan, especially watching the MSU Spartans, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Lions. For the past 30 years, Wil and Lil divided their time between summers in Frankenmuth and winters in Mesa, AZ, where he was associate member of Eternal Life Lutheran Church of Mesa.


Wil was preceded in death by his parents, brother Herbert, sisters Hildegard and Erna, two  sisters-in-law, seven brothers-in-law, two nephews, a niece, and several cousins. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, sons James (Barbara) and Charles (Julia), grandson Brandon (Molly), and great-grandson Owen whom he delighted in meeting in July 2017. Other survivors include three sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews and cousins.


A private family celebration of his life is planned. Those who desire to make an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth) and City of Frankenmuth Beautification Fund. Arrangements entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth.  Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.cederbergfh.com.

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