Kenneth Keen

Kenneth Keen, age 79, of Racine passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Ascension All Saints Hospital. Ken was born on May 26, 1941 in Knowlton, WI to Peter and Zina (Ceplina) Keen. When he was 13, his family moved to Wausau and Ken graduated from Wausau East High School. He married Rebecca Kendrick on June 16, 1961 in Wausau and the couple moved to Milwaukee in 1963. Ken worked as a Millwright for 17 years, was a superintendent for John Hennes Trucking Company, Briggs and Stratton and Harley Davidson until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #286, Harbor Lite Yacht Club and St. John’s Lutheran Church. Ken enjoyed playing golf, mountain hiking in AZ, and playing poker. He also enjoyed ballroom dancing, traveling, hunting and of course his Green Bay Packers.

       He was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca; his parents; three sisters, Evelyn Marks, Dolores Klinger and Betty Darby and his brother, Jerry Keen.

       Ken is survived by his son, Kenny Keen of Milwaukee; two daughters, Debra (Greg) Reich of Jackson, and Lori (Doug) Koehn of Waterford; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; his beloved companion, Cherie Mayrand;  five brothers, Robert (Birdi), Eugene (Jenny), Marvin (Patty), Ronald (Lynn), Chuck (Nancy) and David Keen; his sister, Jean as well as many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.         In accordance with Ken’s wishes, private family services were held at St. John’s Lutheran Church with interment to follow at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Milwaukee. In May of 2021, a public celebration of Kens life will be held.

Thoughts for Kenneth Keen;

  • Mary Ellen Klitzka says:

    R I P Uncle Ken, our thoughts are with his family. Thanks again for my Packer hat. Hope to see Ya’ll at Ken’s Celebration of Life.

  • Uncle Kenny! You were always the life of the party and could light up a room when you walked in, must be a Keen thing. Youre sure gonna be missed. I just know that you and my Dad are already making a ruckus in Heaven. May you rest in peace.
    Love Always Melinda

  • Ken was a ball of energy, witty, and great fun! We always loved seeing him. Our hearts are with you, Cherie, and all of Ken’s family and many friends.
    Love from Lynn and Dave, and all of your Arizona friends.

  • Craig and Patty Aude says:

    So sad to hear. What a great man. We enjoyed every minute we got to share with Ken. Happy we got to visit Cheri and Ken in Arizona. Our hearts go out to all. See you in heaven Ken!

  • Frances and Bob keen

    Sorry to here that kin has passed. He was a great brother in law and brother. He will be sadly missed.
    rest in piece kin…..god be with you sherri

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