Robert A. KEENAN
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KEENAN, Robert A.Age 96, died peacefully at his home on October 11, 2012. Robert Alfred Keenan was born February 14, 1916 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Owen Keenan and Lena Crum Keenan. When he was a young child, his family moved to Nashville, where he spent most of his life, living in the home built by his father. He attended Fall School and Robertson Academy, and graduated from Central High School. During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marine. Mr. Keenan was a general contractor and developer, and maintained his contractor's license until his death. He served on the Board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority and was a founder of the Sure Shot Rabbit Hunters Association. He also served on the Boards of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' Association and the Walking Horse Owners' Association. He was an active supporter of University of Tennessee athletics. He was an outdoorsman and expert marksman. He was president of the Nashville Gun Club and was State handicap champion trap shooter. He loved his farm in Williamson County. He had many friends and lived a full and active life. Most of all, Robert Keenan was devoted to his family. His children remember days at the lake, ponies, touch football, hayrides, sled rides, and so much more. In addition to his parents, Mr. Keenan is predeceased by his wife, Nell Newman Keenan, to whom he was married for 66 years; his sister, Elizabeth Keenan Sneed; and his brother, William Owen Keenan. He is survived by his four children, Dorothy Nell Keenan (Ray H. Berk), Robert Owen Keenan (Vivienne), Kathryn Keenan, Thomas Newman Keenan (Mary), and by his eight grandchildren, Owen Keith Keenan (Lily), David Keenan Berk, Sarah Elizabeth Keenan, Kathryn Nell Berk, Robert Thomas Keenan, Anne Keenan Jacobs, Dorothy Nell Jacobs, and Jane Kailing Courtney Keenan. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Fred B. Newman, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families.The family expresses its deepest gratitude to Mr. Keenan's devoted caregivers, Betty Franklin, Tina Jacob, Gail Reagor, and Laurie Zamora. Visitation will be Saturday, October 13th, from 12:30-2 p.m., with funeral at 2 p.m. Burial will follow, Mt. Olivet Funeral Home & Cemetery, 1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Robert and Nell Keenan Bioscience Fellowship, University of Tennessee, Attn.: Woodrow Henderson, 600 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996; the Salvation Army, or the charity of your choice. MOUNT OLIVET FUNERAL HOME, (615) 255-4193.

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October 28, 2012
We send our condolences to the family and friends of Robert Keenan. We knew him and Nell in St. Thomas, where we had many happy memories to share with them.
October 28, 2012
Jay & Dolly Greblick
October 22, 2012
Thanks for the Roof Over My Head for so many Great Years,
Dr. William Merriman
October 16, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.
Jeff Givens
October 15, 2012
Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to The Keenan Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
De Anna Horner
October 15, 2012
Mr. Keenan was greatly respected by the walking horse industry and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Dick & Joyce Myers
October 15, 2012
Nothing but fond memories of Mr. Keenan. He was a great boss and a wonderful man. He will be missed.
Vickie Horner
October 14, 2012
My sincere sympathy to your family, I will always remember Bob Keenan.
Vicki Self
October 14, 2012
A wonderful man that helped me greatly in the Walking Horse Industry some 28 years ago. A true gentleman and sportsman. He will be missed by all.
Matt McWilliams
October 13, 2012
I think all of us who had the privilege of knowing Mr. Keenan and having him as our friend were indeed blessed. Condolences to his family and those who loved him in this time of passage.
Clant Seay
October 13, 2012
To the Keenan family-my condolences and to Miss Sarah I am so sorry for the lost of your grandpa. I know he will be watching you and your express walking horse and so will I. Sally Reiley (The Scoop)
October 13, 2012
there will never be another chief, sweet man
gail reagor
October 13, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. I will love you and miss you always Chief. You were truly my buddy.
Tina Jacob
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