Ray H. Keenan

Ray H. Keenan Colonel Air Force Reserves (Ret.) Long-time resident of Austin, Ray Keenan died peacefully on September 23, 2013, just shy of his 98th birthday. He was born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri. While in high school, he was a member of a small band in which he played a 4-string banjo; he also composed several songs and lyrics, later publishing them. Shortly after high school he attended Park College in Missouri where he earned his degree in transportation. He continued his education at the University of Texas-Austin, where he received his BBA degree. He completed courses at the Air War College in 1974 as part of the Air Force Reserve duties. Ray served in the Army Air Corps (now Air Force) during World War II, where he was sent to England and later sent on the lead ship to Russia in 1944. In the 1980's, while on a trip to Russia, he was awarded a Commemorative Medal recognizing the 50th anniversary of the "Victory in World War II." Col. Keenan completed 30 years in the Air Force Reserves in Austin where he served as a Texas Air Force Civil Defense officer. He also served as Director of Intelligence for the 4th Air Force Reserve Region at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, and the Central Air Force Reserve Region at Ellington Air Force Base, Houston (formerly the 4th Region). The regions were comprised of active duty and reserve Air Force members. Part of Col. Keenan's duties required him to brief the Commanders and their staffs on world events and events in a five-state area, including Texas. Because of these recognitions he was made a full Colonel in 1968. He also served as President of the Air Force Reserves Association, Austin Chapter. Col. Keenan was awarded a commendation medal at Ellington in March 1974. In the early 1950's, while in Austin, he met his wife Ada. Together they had one daughter Patricia. Ray was in the insurance business for 20 years with Metropolitan Life and he earned Certified Life Underwriter recognition. He became a member of the Texas Leaders' Roundtable, an honor association sponsored by the Texas Association of Life Underwriters. Ray was a member of the Kiwanis club and a Life Member of The Texas Exes. He was also active in many local charities. During his lifetime Ray enjoyed boating and fishing on area lakes. He also enjoyed taking road trips with his wife Ada. Col. Keenan is predeceased by his parents, Harry H. and Stella M. Keenan; his wife, Ada Weatherton Chambers Keenan, and his grandson, Jay Hardy. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Keenan Fulford and her sons, Rob Fulford and wife Samantha, and their children Elizabeth and Austin; and Scott Fulford and wife Lindy, and their children Ashlyn, Justin, Tyler and Brady. Also, Jim Chambers and wife Betsy, and their children and grandchildren, and Ann C. Hardy and her grandchildren. The family would especially like to thank the staff at Westminster Manor Health Care Service, Dr. Michael Pellegrini (at Westminster), and Buckner Hospice staff. Visitation is Thursday, September 26, from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Weed-Corley Fish, 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin. Graveside services at 10 a.m., Friday, September 27, at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the or Buckner Hospice, Austin. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com


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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 26, 2013