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Karl Marion Keenan, son of the late Rue and Gladys (Elliott) Keenan, was born April 1, 1933, at the family farm near Maloy, IA and peacefully departed this life at home on February 10, 2023, at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 10 days.
Karl grew up in the Maloy-Blockton area, graduating from Clearfield, IA high school in 1950. In 1953 he entered the U.S. Army and served as a Trust Trooper in Trieste, Italy at the end of the Korean conflict. Karl and his high school sweetheart, Donna Stevenson, were married in August before going to Italy in 1953.
After Karl’s honorable discharge from the Army in 1955 they moved to Kansas City where he earned his A&E mechanic license and worked as a line mechanic for TWA and then obtained his B.S degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from Northrop University in the Los Angeles area.
In 1960 Karl started his career with McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis as a Technical Data Engineer, retiring in 1990. During those 30 years Karl also continued his lifelong passion for hunting and fishing; he and Donna adopted a baby girl, Karen Michele, in 1969; he was a Missouri State Trap Shooting Champion; wedding photographer; licensed auctioneer; active member of Florissant First Christian Church; served on several committees for the City of Hazelwood; and taught himself to play the banjo and dulcimer. At the time of his retirement, he was Manager, Logistics Support, F-15 Program, providing support to the Israeli and Japanese Air Forces, visiting those countries many times.
Karl and Donna built a new home and moved to Mountain Home, AR in 1992 and enjoyed five years of fishing and traveling but the grandchildren were in Missouri, so they built another new home in Bolivar, MO in 1997 where they remained until 2018 when their health began to deteriorate. During those 20 years Karl had enjoyed the grandchildren and their school activities; built pendulum wall clocks; made beautiful knives; attended many auctions; enjoyed many bus trips with Mid-Missouri Bank; wrote his autobiography; researched his family’s history; and volunteered at the local Genealogy Library. Helping the Kiwanis Club turn an overgrown thicket into Playter Park was a most rewarding endeavor.
In 2018 they downsized considerably and moved to a Condominium in Slidell, LA where their daughter lives. Since Karl liked to go, go, go she made sure he took in Mardi Gras parades and saw the local attractions.
The family wishes to thank St. Joseph Hospice personnel for the care, love and support provided Karl and family the past three months.
In addition to his parents Karl was preceded in death by all five of his siblings and their spouses: Lee Keenan (Sheryl), Dorothy Hall (Beryl), Jean Wurster (Karl), Virginia Siverly (Fred), Bob Keenan (Betty). Also, parents-in-law, Joe and Minnie Lou Stevenson; sister-in-law, Jeannine Hampton, and brother-in-law, Bill Mozingo.
Left to cherish memories of Karl are his loving wife of 69 years, Donna Keenan, of Slidell, LA, daughter, Karen Branson, of Slidell; grandsons, Chris Wormington (Nathan) of St. Paul, MN and Nick Francis, Springfield, MO; granddaughter, Kirsten Francis, of Slidell and three great granddaughters, Sydnee Wormington, St. Paul, Ella Francis and Paislee Marzilli of Slidell; sister-in-law. Judy Mozingo, of Grant City, MO and brother-in-law, Guy Hampton, of Leon, IA. He will be missed greatly by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Karl was a kind, loving husband, father and grandfather—a witty, fun-loving friend to all and a real gentleman.
His body will be cremated, with graveside services to be held at a later date in Clearfield, IA. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Wounded Warriors Foundation in memory of Karl. Condolences may be expressed online at

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