MIDLAND, Texas — Thank you to all of you who were caregivers and friends or just simply friends to our father, John A. Keahey Jr. He loved his life at Helen Greathouse Manor over the last seven years and you made that possible for him. You are all very special people.
John A. Keahey Jr. went to be with the Lord and the Angels on Superbowl Sunday, February 3, 2013. It is pretty certain there was a big celebration because he mentioned something about cake as he was leaving, and there was a look of awe on his face.
He was a Master Mason, belonging to Denver City Lodge No. 1278 A.F. & A.M. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the KHIVA SHRINE Temple.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Miriam Miller Keahey; his mother and father, Ida Mae Keahey and John A. Keahey Sr.; his two sisters and their husbands, Dola and James Rowland and Irene and Al Newman; and his brother, Leon.
Survivors include two children and their families: daughter, Cherry Keahey Owen and her husband, Michael G. Owen; and son, Patrick L. Keahey and his wife, Cindy Keahey; and five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, all of whom loved him very much.
Mr. Keahey was born and grew up in a rural community near Ardmore, Okla., and graduated from Wilson High School in Wilson, Okla. After graduation, he moved to California to stay with his sister and attend college. He met our mother from Monterey, California, at the skating rink and it was love at first sight. They were very happily married for 60 years before she passed away in March 2002. However, he did have to leave her for a couple of years to fight for their country. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and did not see his new baby daughter until she was one year old.
It was a happy homecoming. John and "Midge" had another child, Pat, and lived in California near "Midge's" family for about four years before moving back to Oklahoma. Then daddy managed a position with Shell Oil Company and was with Shell for 30 years, working in Elk City, Okla., Atlanta, Texas, Lake Jackson, Texas, and Denver City, Texas, before he retired around 1980. During retirement, he and our mother spent a lot of time traveling, visiting children, grandchildren, and various other relatives and friends, and doing genealogy research. Daddy said it was like a treasure hunt, looking for long lost relatives. They also did a lot of camping.
John A. Keahey Jr. enjoyed a very good life for almost 92 years, and was a very special person.
A Chapel service will be at 11 a.m. today at Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home and Chapel with the Reverend Bill Billett officiating.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. on February 8th at Rose Hill Cemetery, in Ardmore, Okla. Services are entrusted to the direction of Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be emailed to: pipkin@nts-online.net.