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Arleigh "Lee" Keeney


1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Arleigh "Lee" Keeney Obituary
Arleigh "Lee" Keeney, 92, joined his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Grapevine, after suffering complications of Alzheimer's disease. Visitation and lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 13, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. and burial with military honors at 2:30 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials: The family asks that memorials be made to the at www.alz.org; or to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3801 Cunningham Road, Killeen, TX, 76542. Lee was born May 29, 1924, and grew up on a wheat farm near Troy, Idaho. After high school, Lee worked as a welder in the Tacoma shipyards, then volunteered for the Army after World War II started. A combat engineer, he landed with the 4th Infantry Division at Utah Beach on D-Day and fought his way across France and Germany, sustaining a severe wound during the Rhine Crossings. After the war, he helped revive a German town that was on the brink of starvation. While working on the Grand Coulee Dam in 1947, he met and married the love of his life, Roberta "Bobbie" Day. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and, later, was cited for heroism in Vietnam. In 1969, after 26 years in the Army, he retired as Sergeant Major, III Corps and Fort Hood, with numerous decorations, including the Bronze Star. He graduated from Mary Hardin-Baylor University in 1973 and taught school and managed the Killeen school bus system until 1992. During Lee and Bobbie's 51-year marriage, they were avid square dancers and world travelers and were pillars of their church and community. Lee was exceptional in his Christianity in action and his generosity of gift and deed. He was preceded by his wife, Roberta; his parents, William and Frances; and his brother, Merle. We are profoundly grateful for the caregivers at Meadowood Memory Care, Grapevine; and Ardent Hospice, Flower Mound, for making his last days comfortable. Survivors: He is survived by his children, Linda Floy and her husband, Tim, Robert Keeney and his wife, Barbara, David Keeney and his wife, Rosalind, Kathryn McPherson and her husband, Tim. He has 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 12, 2017
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