FRANK O'KEEFE JR., 89 ROCKFORD - Frank O'Keefe Jr., 89, of Rockford, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Stephenson Nursing Home. He was born Aug. 3, 1923, in Rockford; the son of Frank V. and Myrtle J. (Lindstrom) O'Keefe. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II in the South Pacific, where he was awarded seven Battle Stars. He married Eula Ivey who predeceased him, and later married Patricia R. Johnson-Smith. Retired as an electrician for IBEW 196 and 364, and from Jim Dixon Realtors. Owner and operator of O'Keefe's Bar and Erin Courier Service. Member of St. Peter Catholic Church. Life member and past commander of VFW 342. Life member of American Legion and Ross Carlson Post 1207. He was Big Hat President of AMBUCS. Sixty year member of Elks Club, Lombardi Society, and Rockford Noon Lions. Charter member of Irish Marching Society and past member of 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his sons, Frankie, Keven (Susan), and Kent (Cheryl); daughters, Kara (Kevin) and Heather (Andy); grandchildren, Shannon, Maggie, Kelsey, Katie, Alex, Madeline, Hope, Karsen, Owen, Andrew, and Cora; great-grandchildren, Brody and Sophia; brothers, Donald (Diane) and Dick; sister, Marilyn O'Keefe; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Vi Dent and Lisa Dent. Predeceased by first wife, Eula; second wife, Patricia; son, Jack; daughter, Kathleen; brothers, Jack and Jim; and sister, Doris Broman. The family wishes to express a special thanks to OSF Hospice for their loving care. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2013, in St. Peter Cathedral, 1243 N. Church St., with the Very Rev. Carl Beekman officiating. Memorial visitation will be from 1 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service in the church. Burial of ashes will be at St. Mary/St. James Cemetery. Memorials to St. Peter Cathedral School. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh .com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from July 27 to July 28, 2013