Keen, Richard Carroll, Sr. & LaFaun M. (Martin)
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Oklahoman Archives
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
September 15, 2005

Richard Carroll Keen , Sr. was born September 9, 1922 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Fred Millard Keen and Nora Bell (Strader) Keen . He passed away on September 12, 2005 surrounded by his loving family and minister. Richard graduated from Classen High School in 1941. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy. After his discharge, he attended Oklahoma City University.

He was united in marriage with his loving wife LaFaun (Martin) Keen on May 25, 1947. Richard held a life membership in the National Order of DeMolay. He was a 50 year perpetual member of the Siloam Masonic Lodge in Oklahoma City. He was a Boy Scout as a youth and later Scout Master of his son's troop. He began his business career with Commercial Credit Corporation in Oklahoma City. He was transferred to Wichita and then Topeka, Kansas. There he began his 32 year employment with Chrysler Corporation. He served as a District Manager in Salina, Kansas and Oklahoma City. He was promoted to the Kansas City Zone offices as Dodge Distribution Coordinator and later became Assistant Distribution Manager. Richard enjoyed golf throughout his adult life. After his retirement in Springfield he enjoyed the company of his golfing buddies every Wednesday. He also maintained his intense interest in automobiles. He was active in the Methodist Men's Group of his church.

He is survived by his loving wife, LaFaun ; his son Richard C. Keen , Jr. of Dallas, Texas; his daughter, Carol L. Orloski and her husband John, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; grandson, Jeffrey A. Orloski, of Grand Prairie, Texas; and granddaughter, Stephanie L. Orloski. Valley Village, California.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a. m . Friday, September 16, 2005 in King's Way United Methodist Church. Burial with full military honors will be n Rose Hill Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 11:00 am informal visitation will be Thursday, September 15, 2005 from 1:00 to 7:00 pm in Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel and formal visitation will be held Friday September 16, 9:00 am until service time in the church. Memorial contributions may be made to King's Way United Methodist Church.


Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home
Dallas,Texas
December 17, 2011

LaFaun M. Keen was born December 23, 1923 in Oklahoma City, OK to Worthen J. Martin and Charlotte Bell (Hastings) Martin. She passed away on December 17, 2011 in Dallas, TX.

LaFaun graduated from Central High School in 1942. While in high school she was employed part-time in sales at Harry Katz, Inc. She attended the University of Oklahoma the fall semester of 1942. Then joining the war effort, she was employed as a Clerk-Stenographer in the Identification Branch of the Intelligence Section at Tinker Field, OK. After the war, she was employed as a stenographer at the State Board of Public Welfare offices at the State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City.

She was united in marriage with her loving husband Richard C. Keen on May 25, 1947, at St Luke's Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. During their 58 years of marriage they moved numerous times with Richard's job first at Commercial Credit Corporation and then with Chrysler Corporation. These moves took them to Wichita, Topeka, and Salina, KS. They then returned to Oklahoma City for 9 years. She was employed at Cavanaugh Realty as receptionist just prior to their being transferred to Kansas City. They eventually moved to Springfield, MO to enjoy their years of retirement.

LaFaun was a loving wife and mother and always kept a beautiful home. She enjoyed playing bridge, reading, crafts, and working in her flowerbeds. She was a member of the Newcomer's Association in Kansas City and the Welcome Wagon in Springfield, MO. She and Richard spent many years researching and compiling the family genealogy on both sides of their families.
Richard C. Keen, Sr. preceded her in passing September 12, 2005 and at that time she moved to Dallas.

She is survived by her son Richard C. Keen Jr. and his partner David Kushel of Dallas, TX; her daughter Carol L. (Keen) Orloski and her husband, John, of Bartlesville, OK; grandson, Jeffrey A. Orloski of Fort Worth, TX; and granddaughter Stephanie L. Orloski of Los Angeles, CA.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK.
Arrangements under the direction of Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, Dallas, TX.


 

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