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Arthur "Art" Vincent Keenan

Arthur "Art" Vincent Keenan

Arthur Vincent Keenan (Art), age 100 years, peacefully passed away Wednesday evening, May 31, 2017 at Goldpine Home with his wife by his side.

Art was born in Albany, NY on January 6, 1917, the second son of John Joseph and Catherine Marie (O'Connor) Keenan.

Art graduated from Vincentian Institute High School in 1934 and, after working for two years in the CCC camps, graduated from New York State Ranger School in 1939. He worked as a cruiser for Pigeon Timber Company in southern Ontario until 1942 when he returned to Albany to volunteer in the U.S. Army.

Art served as a combat engineer in Europe during WWII, landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy. Art was frequently in advance of the front lines on reconnaissance and earned a battlefield commission and the Bronze Star for his service. He remained in Germany until 1946 on assignment at Landsberg War Criminal Prison in Bavaria.

Art met his wife, Pearl Rose Eldridge, while stationed in England and they were married at the Church of St. James in London on October 13, 1945. Following the war, Art enrolled at Syracuse University in New York, earning a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1949.

Art and Pearl soon moved to Sugarloaf Bay, MN on the north shore of Lake Superior and, after a short time with Consolidated Paper Company, he began working for the MN DNR Forestry in Cloquet, MN. Art and Pearl moved with their family to Bemidji in 1964 and, after 28 years, Art retired in 1979 as the regional supervisor of northwestern Minnesota.

Art had many interests including a love of the outdoors and travel, his life-long interest in photography, and the never-ending research of family genealogy. His efforts resulted in many albums, much historical documentation, and a personal memoir of his life experiences.

Art believed he lived a blessed and fortunate life and felt great pride in his wife and family. He was a long-time, active member of St Philip's Catholic Church last serving for nine years in the hospital ministry providing comfort to the sick and dying.

Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jack.

Art is survived by his wife of 71 1/2 years, Pearl; children Keenan MacSleyne, John (Karen) Keenan, Arthur (Cynthia) Keenan, Christopher (Kelly) Keenan, Kathleen (David) Lalone, Lawrence (Sandra) Keenan, Patrick (Mary) Keenan, and Elizabeth Keenan (Richard Nagel); grandchildren Jeremiah (Amelia) MacSleyne, Joshua (Bradi) MacSleyne, Vincent Keenan, Britta Keenan (Scott Beard), Zachary Keenan, Jack (Beth) Keenan, Casey (Abigail Courtney) Peterson, Matthew (Calyn) Lalone, Erin (Jared) Vargo, Kynan (Erin Mcdonnell) Lalone, Sam (Lisa) Lalone, Lisa (Nick) Kallaus, Theresa (Brandon) Martin, and Catherine Keenan; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

The family gratefully acknowledges and thanks the many staff at Goldpine Home who loved and cared for Art for the past four years and five months.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 2 pm on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in St. Philip's Catholic Church, 702 Beltrami Ave, Bemidji with visitation at 1 pm. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Bemidji Community Food Shelf, 1260 Industrial Park Dr. NE, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Services by Cease Funeral Home, Bemidji, MN. Funeral arrangements are being made by the family.