Donald “Roy” Keene, 85, of Van Buren passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 25, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Waneta; infant son, Gerald; parents, Raymond and Gladys; sisters, Lois Opseth and Darlene Dunn; and brother, Robert Keene.

Roy is survived by his children, Teresa Clem (Ray) of Latrobe, Pa., Greg Keene (Lina) of San Diego, Calif., Karen Keene of Denver, Colo., Lori Hightower (Todd) of Van Buren; grandchildren, Jeral Edwards (Clair) of Perryton, Texas, Justin Edwards (Claudia) of Ojai, Calif., Steven Clem and Daniel Clem of Latrobe, Pa., Ashleigh and Garrett Hightower of Van Buren, and Hollie and Taylor Keene of Los Angeles, Calif.; great-grandchildren, King Clem and Jarret Edwards; adopted daughter, Leigh Ann Stinnette (Steve), along with their children, Stevie Shae and Branson, and great-granddaughter, Charleigh Ann Stinnette; and many treasured extended family members.

Roy was born in South Dakota where he met his wife Waneta. After their marriage, they made their home in Alliance, Neb. Roy worked for Peltz Construction for 40-plus years, wearing many hats including office manager and chief estimator. After he retired, Roy and Waneta made their home in Chadron, Neb.

He was past president of the Alliance Jaycees and member of the Knights of Columbus, Rotary and the Elks Club. Roy was a very active member of Holy Rosary Church in Alliance, Neb., St. Patrick’s in Chadron, Neb., and St. Michael’s in Van Buren.

Roy had a passion for the beauty of the outdoors, camping, fishing and boating with his family and friends. If he wasn’t outside, he could be found in his garage tinkering around on his latest construction project.

Roy and Waneta shared the love of cards and it brings peace to their loved ones knowing that they are together again, with friends and family playing a friendly game of bridge.

A memorial mass will be held on March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Alliance, Neb.

In honor of Roy, memorials may be made to the Alliance Park Foundation for “Pillars for the Park,” Alliance Park Foundation, c/o Tami Swearingen, 1243 Grand, Alliance, NE 69301.

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