Donald Eugene Keeney, age 83, of Lamar, passed away Wednesday evening, March 18, 2015 at his home with his family at his side.
Don was born January 21, 1932, at Weyauwega, Wisconsin to Clyde and Frieda (Bauer) Keeney. After graduating from Manawa High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, earning the Korean Service Medal with three bronze campaign stars for his overseas service. It was while he was stationed at Camp Crowder that he met the love of his life, Mary Louise Hill and they were married February 6, 1954 at Webb City, Missouri. As a newly married couple, Don and Mary moved to Wisconsin to care for Don’s mother and Don worked for the Waupaca Highway Department for 20 years. They returned to Missouri where Don worked in the maintenance department of MSSU in Joplin before completing his work career with Compton Farms in Barton County. An avid outdoorsman, Don enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary, of the home; two sons, Michael (Cory) Keeney, Appleton, Wisconsin and Keith Keeney of the home; two daughters, Lorrie (Lee) Shuey, Lamar and Jean Marie (Troy) Yeager, Neosho, Missouri; a sister, Mona Zempel, Olympia, Washington; nine grandchildren, Kimberly, Phillip, Melisa, Michelle, Shawn, Justin, Jeffery, Troy II, and Nicholas; and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service, including full military honors, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Oakton, Missouri.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Keeney family in care of Mary Keeney.
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