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David J. Keene

David J. Keene Obituary
David J. Keene, 79, of Taylor, died peacefully Friday in Philadelphia after a long battle with heart disease and pulmonary hypertension surrounded by his wife, Linda Bichler Keene and their beloved daughter, Jennifer.

Born in Dickson City, Pa., he was the son of late Joseph and S. Lillian Demsky Keene, a graduate of Dickson City High School and an Army veteran having served in Korea. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 34 years at RCA/Thomson Electronics in Dunmore and in recent years worked at the Lackawanna County Voter Registration Office – a position he so enjoyed working with his longtime friend, Marian Medallis.

David was a true gentlemen and kind man in every sense of the word who lived by the Golden Rule. He was an avid outdoorsman, truly loved nature, enjoyed his many hobbies and excelled in every sport he undertook. An Archer champion, David won both local and national tournaments and loved to search for treasures with his metal detector, sharing his findings with his many friends. Our very own MacGyver, David loved to find solutions for everything and entertained everyone who knew him with stories about his many hobbies. He was a member of Elmhurst Country Club and Lonesome Road Archery Club.

Surviving in addition to Linda and Jennifer are his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Sandra Bichler; several nieces and nephews; and constant companions, Mary Ellen and George Kohler.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Penny Contouris; and two brothers, Joseph Keene and Arthur Keene.

Special thanks to Dr. Thomas Minora, Dr. Samir Pancholy, Dr. Lear Von Koch and Dr. Paul Forfia at Temple Hospital for their care and attention to David over many years.

In keeping with his wishes, a Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of David's life will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Avenue, Scranton on Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Father Joseph Sica officiating.

The family will greet friends from 9:30 until the time of service. Arrangements entrusted to the Donahue Funeral Home, 303 S. Main Ave., Scranton, PA 18504. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Program, c/o Dr. Paul Forfia, 3401 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.

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Published in Scranton Times from July 18 to July 19, 2015
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