Edward J. Keightley, 55, a retired program analyst with the D.C. Board of Parole, died of cancer Tuesday at Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria.

He had retired last year because of ill health after about eight years with the board. Before that he had worked with the D.C. Department of Corrections.

Mr. Keightley was born in St. Louis. He served in the Navy during World War II and saw action in the North Atlantic.

He joined the D.C. corrections department after the war and supervised the records unit at Lorton Reformatory for a number of years. He held other administrative posts there and also was assistant registrar at St. Elizabeths Hospital for four years.

Mr. Keightley was a former high priest of the Royal Arch Masons, Lafayette Chapter No. 12 here.

He had coached baseball for the Lee Pioneer League, the girls softball team of the Franconia Youth Association, the football team of the Springfield Boys Club and the Lee District Football Association.

He had been vice president of the Hayfield Citizens Association and president of the Hayfield Athletic Club.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; a son, Patrick J., and a daughter, Kathleen C., all of the home in Alexandria; another son, Jack, of Avondale, Md., and another daughter, Antoinette C. of Mount Rainier; his mother Opal G. Keightley, of St. Louis, and two grandchildren.