July 23, 1924 - June 2, 2021
Keen- Mr. Harold E. Keen (USN, Ret), 96, of Howell, GA, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2021, at his residence after a short illness. Mr. Keen was born in Sanderson, FL on July 23, 1924, to the late Lessie Keen and Altie Johns Keen. At seventeen years old, Mr. Keen asked his parent's permission to enlist in the United States Navy after the Pearl Harbor attack and was readily accepted. After 20 years of service and achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer, Mr. Keen was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, and the American Campaign Medal in recognition of his service time aboard USS LST 355 (Omaha Beach), USS Randolf CV-15, USS Coral Sea CV-43, USS George K. McKenzie and aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt CV-42. Upon retirement, the family relocated to Valdosta, GA, where Mr. Keen worked for Valdosta Amusement Company. Later, he along with Mrs. Keen moved to Grassy Pond where he served as the on-site assistant manager for the next ten years before returning to his North Florida roots of Taylor FL, where he enjoyed cultivating a large vegetable garden and hunting the woods of North Florida and South Georgia. Mr. Keen's final relocation was to his beloved home in Howell GA, where he and his wife enjoyed a much slower pace of life surrounded by their beautiful family. Mr. Keen was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn Wolfe Keen; parents, Lessie and Altie Keen; brothers, Lessie "Buddy" Keen and Tony Keen; sister, Doris Crockett; and son-in-law Tommy Hall. Family members include his three loving children; Carol Hall, Valdosta GA, Kevin Keen (Lynne), Yatesville GA and Claudia Butterick (Marc), Warner Robins GA; Grandchildren; Lisa Carpenter (Roger), Jeff Hall (Stacey), Laurie Henderson (Ben), Kyle Keen, Adam Butterick (Christina) and Matthew Butterick; Great-Grandchildren; Wendi Kidd (Ross), Shannon Carpenter, Taylor DiGirolamo (Evan), Shelby Henderson, Brittany Henderson and Sophie Dove; Great-Great Grandchildren; Deven Kidd, Allie Kidd, Kamryn DiGirolamo and Skylar Carpenter and special caregiver and friend, Penny Sexton. A Celebration of Harold’s life will be held on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Ferreira Funeral Services with Chaplain Jim Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Taylor Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The arrangements are under the care of V. Todd Ferreira Services, 250 N Lowder St., Macclenny, FL 32063. 904-259-5700. Visit www.ferreirafuneralservices.com to sign the family’s guest book.
Keen- Mr. Harold E. Keen (USN, Ret), 96, of Howell, GA, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2021, at his residence after a short illness. Mr. Keen was born in Sanderson, FL on July 23, 1924, to the late Lessie Keen and Altie Johns Keen. At seventeen... View Obituary & Service Information
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