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Edward Dewayne "Spud" Kehoe


01/22/1927 - 05/11/2015 Obituary
Edward Dewayne "Spud" Kehoe Obituary
Edward Kehoe was born in Fellows, California on January 22, 1927 to James and Lena Kehoe. He was the youngest of six children and spent his growing up years being indulged by his older siblings. At aged 16, Ed was the fireman in charge of the Taft fire station before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on December 19, 1944. After the war, Ed worked for the Kern County Fire Department, Hartman Concrete Company and Kern Steel Fabrications. Ed could do practically anything from expertly finishing concrete to working high above the ground as an ironworker hanging steel. Over the years, he built four houses for his family, and he always had a project to finish. He married Margaret Catherine Champness in 1947, and they were married for 58 years until her death in 2005. They had two daughters, Lynn Marie and April Ann. Ed and Margaret lived in Taft and Bakersfield before retiring to Arroyo Grande, California, in 1996 to build their dream ranch home. Ed enjoyed golfing, snow skiing and traveling with Margaret in their motorhome. He also loved animals, and the ranch was home to cats, dogs, a chicken, hundreds of quail and two beloved horses. In 2011, Ed met Ann Hobbs and they spent four years together traveling, exploring wineries, walking the beach and visiting with friends. Spud was a fixture in his neighborhood and he will be missed.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, his daughter April, his parents, and his siblings Cecil, Clifford, Alma and Doris. He is survived by his oldest brother, Bill Kehoe; daughter Lynn Roberts and her husband, Allen Roberts; his grandson Nick Roberts and great-grandchildren Leah Roberts and Tristin Roberts; granddaughter Lindsay Roberts-Flores and her husband Stephen Flores and great-granddaughters Sienna Grace and Lola Rose Flores; and his very dear companion Ann Hobbs. Ed was also Uncle Spud to many nieces and nephews.
An open house to celebrate Ed's life will be held on Sunday, June 7th, from 1 to 4 o'clock at his home on Matilija Lane in Arroyo Grande, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed's name to the Nature Conservancy of SLO County or The Salvation Army.
Arrangements by Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 17, 2015
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