Richard T. Keeney, Jr.
June 10, 1946 - September 16, 2016
Rev. Dr. Richard T. Keeney Jr. of Salem peacefully went to be with our Lord early on September 16 after a long period of declining health. He was 70 years old.
A life-long Salem resident, he was born June 10, 1946, the son of Richard and Carole (Robertson) Keeney. After graduating from South Salem High School in 1964, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He worked for OK Tire for a few years until an industrial accident forced him to change careers. He graduated with honors from Chemeketa Community College and embarked on his career with Oregon Dept. of Revenue in 1979. He retired in 2003.
He felt a calling to become a minister in 1993, and within five years he had completed courses and received degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Ministry, Master of Arts in Ministry, Doctorate of Ministry, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Ministry. He was ordained as a Congregational Minister in August 1995. He worked closely with homeless people and had a unique ministry with his family for the mentally ill people in the Salem area for ten years.
Dick was a hard worker, a loyal friend, and above all else, Dick was a devoted family man: husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by Cheryl Keeney, his wife of 37 years; daughter Laura Ballek (and husband Doug) of Salem, and son Christopher Keeney of Salem; five grandchildren, Maranda Ballek, Belle Cousins, Bryan Keeney, Samantha Ballek and Jonathan Ballek. He is also survived by his sister, Paula Keeney (and partner Ann Whetstone), of Kennebunk, Maine; brother-in-law Jim Hallisy of Salem; five nieces, eight nephews, and lots of cousins.
Visitation is Tuesday and Wednesday 20th and 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Golden’s Mortuary. Celebration of Life service will be Thursday Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church, 685 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Willamette Valley Hospice http://www.wvh.org/, Costello Syndrome Family Network http://www.costellosyndromeusa.org/ , or Doernbecher Children’s Hospital http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/doernbecher/how-to-help/