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Herbert Joseph Keen

  • "As friends of his sister Yvonne Eschler and also Veterans..."
    - Kathie Bridges
  • "For my Uncle Herb..."
    - Jeanine Rose

Herbert J Keen
July 24, 1924 - January 31, 2014
Herbert J Keen of McCall died suddenly of natural causes on January 31, 2014. He was born July 24, 1924 in Alberta, Canada. After becoming a citizen of the United States and at the age of sixteen he left high school and enlisted in the Air Force. As a navigator he flew many missions during WWII. When asked about his time in the war he would often comment, "If you lived through it once why relive it?" He met the love of his life and soul mate, Mardi Boeck, daughter of Dr. Albert B. Boeck of Boise. They married in 1944. He attended the Montana School of Mines and earned his degree as a mining engineer. Life was interrupted as he was recalled to serve again, this time in Korea. He left his career as an engineer and remained in the Air Force for the next 25 years being stationed in Newfoundland, Okinawa and Berlin as well as many places in the United States. From working in the Anaconda mines he moved on to flying high over the glaciers of Greenland. For the next 25 years he and Mardi traveled the world. In Okinawa he served as the lead inspector for Air Traffic Control and later as the commanding officer for the Strategic Air Command for Germany.
Following retirement from the Air Force Herb and Mardi returned to Boise where he spent 20 years working for the Idaho Surveying and Rating Bureau inspecting buildings throughout Idaho. He could also be found following his passion for golf on Crane Creek and McCall courses. Herb then retired one more time. He and Mardi moved to their long time summer home in McCall. Sharing 'the Lakes' with family and friends became Herb and Mardis' full time job. His grand kids will miss his bowls of popcorn, happy hour won't be the same without him, and there will be huckleberries for others to pick. His deep commitment to his Catholic faith was a key component to his life, never missing a mass whether he was in Spain or the Philippines. He will especially be missed by his McCall Rotarian friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mardi; sister Yvonne Escheller of Denver CO.; sons John (Bobbi) Keen of Riverside, CA, Jim of Anaheim Hills, CA.; daughters Kristi (Doug) McGuire of Spokane, WA., Pat (Bill) Gotsch of Parma, ID .; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 7, 2014 at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, followed by interment at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in Idaho Statesman from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2014
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