Robert Keenan(1926 - 2012)

Keenan, Robert R.

Robert Richard Keenan entered eternal life October 16th 2012 at the age of 86. He is survived by his lovely wife of 61 years, Nance Baughman Keenan, their children, Robert (Phyllis, Chicago, Illinois); Richard (Kathy, San Francisco California); Mary Ellen Ambrose (James F., Portland, Oregon); Nancy Gerson (Thomas E, Madison Connecticut); Kathryn Chelsky (Appleton, Wisconsin); and Brian (Susan, Glencoe, Illinois. Their 17 grandchildren, Michael, Christopher and Katherine Keenan; Allison, Katherine and Caroline Ambrose; Kelly, Kate, Timothy and Peter Gerson; Christian, Connor, Riley and Jack Chelsky; Sean, Drew and Kelly Keenan. His twin sister, Kathleen Delesky (Rochester, New York), brothers, Lawrence (Dover, New Hampshire) and William M, (South Kingstown, Rhode Island), and a sister-in-law, Geraldine Keenan (Rochester, New York).

He was predeceased by a year old son, Paul; his parents, James P and Elizabeth McManus Keenan; a brother James P. Keenan, Jr., and his son-in-law, Dr. Mark Chelsky.

A native of Dover, New Hampshire, Bob was a student at the University of Notre Dame, interrupted by WWII service in the Pacific graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1949 and immediately started a career with the Chevrolet Division of General Motors for 41 years.

A family funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel at St. Mary's Cemetery, Appleton at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 26, Fr. James Leary O.F.M. officiating.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the St. Joseph Food Pantry in Appleton.



Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Oct. 21, 2012