Charles E. Keehn, 84, of Seney, Iowa passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at his home. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars, Iowa. Rev. Timothy Geitz will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service scheduled at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service on Wednesday.
Charles Eby Keehn was born December 14, 1933 in Hudson, SD to Robert H. & Darledmond (Eby) Keehn. The family eventually moved to Hawarden where Charles graduated from High School. Following school, he worked as a land surveyor building highways in Southeast Iowa. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on May 11, 1953. Charles served overseas in Japan and two tours in Alaska. He married Barbara M. Atkins on June 26, 1953. Charles earned an Honorable Discharge and returned to Hawarden. He took a position in Alaska helping to build the pipeline. When that work was complete he returned to Hawarden and worked for Midwest Paving. Barbara passed away on March 31, 1982.
Charles married Doris Lake on July 9, 1983 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hawarden, Iowa. They made their home in Seney. He worked at John Deere and Sioux Automation. Doris passed away on December 15, 2004.
On May 26, 2005, he married Lesley Rush in Reno, Nevada. They made their home in Seney. In Charles’ retirement years he operated C.K. Welding, repairing area farmer’s equipment. In younger years he raced motorcycles for Yamaha in Japan and the United States. He enjoyed gardening and lapidary.
Those left to cherish Charles’ memories are his wife, Lesley of Seney, IA; children, Karla Von Hagel of Orange City, IA, Robert D. & Barbara Keehn of Hawarden, IA, Cynthia M. Arms of Cherokee, IA, Charles E. II & Elyssa Keehn of Livonia, MI, Faith G. Keehn & Marvin J. Juzek of Sioux Center, IA, stepchildren; Mary Hull of Searcy, AR, Denise Lake of Mesa, AZ, Donna & Gary Wichers of Rock Valley, IA, Rhonda Sutton of Mesa, AZ Joanie Jeanminette and Kurt of Waco, TX, Tamera Tinner and Kevin of New Berg, OR; 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Wanda Miller of Beresford, SD; and a brother, Robert L. Keehn of Hawarden, IA.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, 2 wives, Barbara and Doris; daughter; Patricia Criddle; 2 grandsons, Jason Finch and Mickey Harding; son-in-law; Don Hull and a sister; Orleen Beaubien.