Daniel W. Keene, 83, of Taylorville, IL died at 4:02 am Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Meadow Manor Nursing Home.
He was born May 8, 1930 in Chillicothe, IL the son of Thomas (Step-father Edward) and Viola Boylan Keene. On August 31, 1957 he married Patsy Reifsteck in Chillicothe. Dan graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1948. He served our country and was a member of the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He attended Bradley University for 1 year and attended El Camero Junior College in California. Dan was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville where he was active in the Knights of Columbus with the Tootsie Roll drive and active supporting daily devotions. He was a member of the Taylorville Optimist Club, Taylorville Moose Lodge, American Legion and V.F.W. Post 4999. He was a member of the Stonington Masonic Lodge and the Hillsboro Masonic Lodge, member of the Ansar Shrine Club, and a member of the Christian County Shrine Club. He was an avid 3-wheeler with the Shrine and participated in 15-20 parades as well as sellinhg ads for the Shriners Circus each year. Dan worked itne the building trades early in his work tenure. He worked for R.V. Evans as a salesman and retired after 25 years of service.
Surviving are his wife, Patsy of Taylorville; Daughters: Mitzi Mills and husband Doug of New Richmond, WI, Mindy Larimore and husband John of Edinburg; Son Mike Keene and wife Kay of Green Bay, WI; Grandchildren: Danielle Larimore and boyfriend Clint, Laura Robinson and husband Chad, Lindsay Larimore and fiancée Chris, Phillip Mills, Sean Keene, and Matt Keene; Step-Grandchildren: Brendon Larimore, Mario Figueroa; Great Grandchildren: Irelyn Ewing and Landyn Ewing. There are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Thomas Keene, and sisters: Pat Pence, Eleanor Rohse and Mary Linda Oder.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, February 18 at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 1216 N. 6th St., Chillicothe, IL 61523. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until time of service in the Church on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3597.
Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.