Keith E. Mooney, 82, of Redlands, Calif., formerly of Bemidji, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 115 W. Olive Ave., in Redlands. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, with a rosary at 7 p.m., in Cortner Chapel, 221 Brookside Ave. in Redlands. A memorial service will be held Aug. 15 at the Bethany Bible Camp on Grace Lake. Burial will be in the Farden Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 28, 1926, to Ethel (Lien) and Sylvester Mooney in Clarkfield, Minn. He graduated from Bath Exempted Village School in Kansas in 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy form 1944-46. He married Harriet Morlan in Bemidji in 1949. He joined the National Guard in 1950 and was activated in the U.S. Army from 1951-52. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952 and earned his master's degree in 1956. He taught and coached at Olivia, Minn., and Park Rapids. He taught at Bemidji State in 1957. He and Harriet moved to Redlands, where he taught and coached at Cope Junior High for 17 years and Moore for 16 years. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Athletics at Bemidji State University. He retired, after 38 years of teaching in 1990. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Redlands for 52 years and a summer member of St. Charles Church in Cass Lake. He was a life-time member of the National Education Association and a member of the California Retired Teachers Association. He was a summer resident of Grace Lake and president of the association for three years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed working at Bemidji Town and Country Golf Course. He was a starter for the tournaments for more than 40 years. He was a players' assistant at Norton Air Base and Waterman Golf courses. He was an avid baseball player and tried out for the Dodgers in Vero Beach, Fla., along side Jackie Robinson and Chuck Conners.
He is survived by his wife; children, Karen (Barry) Mowers of Little Falls, Minn., Mary Mooney and Carol (Mark) Lenchner of Redlands, Kevin Mooney of Riverside, Calif., and David Mooney of Palm Desert, Calif.; brother, Don (Gladys) of Shawano, Wis.; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Lloyd, Robert, Richard and Sylvester Jr.
Memorials may be made to the family or Teen Challenge.