Joseph Clement Keenan age 80, passed away on January 8, 2020, at Brooke Army Medical Center’s Burn Intensive Care Unit, Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, as the result of injuries sustained in a home explosion on December 5, 2019, in Mission, Texas. Joe was born on January 1, 1940, the third of four children to Clement and Dorothy (Soderstrom) Keenan in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Raised in South Minneapolis, he attended St. Albert The Great Catholic School and graduated from Roosevelt Senior High School in 1958. He joined the Army in 1959 and served as a photographer until 1962. Joe attended St. Cloud State University and graduated in 1967 with a degree in geography. For two years, he taught junior high school and coached football and wrestling in Circle Pines, Minnesota. He revisited college at Bemidji State University for an elementary education certificate in 1972 and at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for a master’s degree in counseling in 1993. Joe married Beverly (Harrison) in 1964 and moved with their three children to Cohasset, Minnesota, in 1970. He worked several jobs and retired in 1998 after 16 years with Itasca County. Joe was an active member of his church and several local groups in the community. After retirement, Joe enjoyed being a “Winter Texan” spending time with his many friends away from the snow.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, sister Therese (Richard) Bergstrom, and daughter Sandra Keenan. He is survived by his sister Angela (Myron) Dorn; brother Patrick (Janice) Keenan; daughter Barbara Keenan (Paul Braun)of Clear Lake; son Jim (Faith) Keenan of Grand Rapids; grandsons Brady, Clayton, Coleman, and Bryce Goenner; grandson Philip Keenan; grandson Mickey Mendoza (Taylor); great-grandson Luca Mendoza; nieces; nephews; and former wife Beverly Keenan. Memorials preferred to Fisher House Foundation (www.fisherhouse.org/ways-to-give/).
Funeral mass at 11 AM on Friday, January 31, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Cohasset, Minnesota. Graveside service with military honors to follow at 3 PM at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Camp Ripley, in Little Falls, Minnesota.