Skydiving 89-Year-Old Completes ‘Bucket List’

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Skydiving 89-Year-Old Completes ‘Bucket List’

CREATED Jun 4, 2014
by Marcus Washington 

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - For most 89- year-olds, you would expect to see them enjoying retirement but not a Tullahoma man, as he takes on skydiving as part of his bucket list.

NewsChannel 5 first met William Keessee, who recently celebrated his 89th birthday, in his garden surrounded by this huge backyard he mowed the previous day.

Reporter Marcus Washington asked what keeps him so active at an age when most just want to relax.

"I tell a lot of people, I didn't get married until I was 68-years-old, so I lived by myself and I didn't have any problems," said Keessee

For decades, this Navy veteran said he always wanted to do something different, so as part of his 89th birthday bucket list, he told his family he wanted to so skydive.

"Kind of thought I lost my mind; some of them did and some of them said it was a nice thing to do," he said.

Two days before his June 3 birthday, Keessee’s family joined him as he prepared to skydive.

"The only time I got a little nervous was when the plane was going up and it was a little windy and it was shaking a bit," he said. "When you look around, the airplane is over here and you're over here by yourself, so there is no turning back."

And just like that, the 89-year-old, two-time cancer survivor did what people half his age wouldn't think of attempting.

"When you look around, the airplane is over here and you're over here by yourself, so there is no turning back," he said.

While the adventure is fun, Keessee said, there came a point when he thought of something.

"You're wondering about where and when he's going to pull that parachute," he said.

Keessee did make it down safely and once on the ground he said he thanked God he was back on the ground safely.

What started as just a birthday wish became a lesson to all that, it's never too late for any wish to come true.

Email: mwashington@newschannel5.com