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Walter F Keen

February 25, 1931 — June 8, 2019

Walter “Bub” Floyd Keen quietly winged his way to heaven at home June 8th, 2019

He was born Feb.25, 1931 in Logan Kansas.  He was the 2nd of 8 children born to James Emmett and Florence Rosella (Sparks) Keen

He attended grade school in Fairplay and Deer Trail Colorado. He left school after the sixth grade and began working to help out the family. As a kid he spent many weeks herding sheep and as he grew up he worked for many neighbors working cattle, putting up hay and breaking horses.

In 1951 he joined the Army where he was a Sargent on the front lines of the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the Bronze Star of Valor for Heroism in Combat. One week before his discharge from the Military he married Charlotte J. Thurston at her family’s home in Victor Kansas. A marriage that would survive over 66 years.

To this union were born three daughters, Debra Joann in 1960 , Sandra Kay in 1963, and Bonnie Jean in 1966.

After their marriage they had several ranch jobs working from Kansas to Wyoming and a stint in the oil field before settling south of Byers in 1955. Together they ran a grade A dairy for 9 years before transitioning into a cow/calf operation. A successful business they grew and ran until retirement.

He was a true cowboy. He knew cows, horses, and land, and always had a “Can do” attitude and a helping hand for anyone in need.

He lived life to it’s fullest with the love of his life by his side. Until her passing Feb.13,2019  Together they enjoyed the ranch and the animals, traveling and time spent with family and friends.

He is proceeded in death by his loving wife, Charlotte J.Keen, His parents. Sister and Brother in law Lorene and Bud Crouse, Brother Sonny Keen, and Brother in law Laverne Thurston, Sister in law, Violet Thurston

He is survived by his three loving daughters, Debra J. (Byron) Humbert, Sandra K. (Keven) Turecek, and Bonnie J. Keen

Grandchildren, Jason, Karrin,Ryan,Justin,Kathrine,Brett, Courtney, Trevor, Missy, James, Cassie, Kelli, Ray

Travis, Amanda, Jackye, Justin, Missy, Dustin, Ty and Page

Brothers, John (Donna) Keen, Corky(Chotte) Keen, Donny(Sandy) Keen, Sister in law Carol Keen, Sisters, Norma (Tom) Johnston, Buie (Roy) Goodrow , Bother in laws Edwin (Marlene) , Alan(Lillian) Thurston

30 Great-Grandchildren, numerous Nieces , Nephews, and many many dear friends.

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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Mountain time)

The American Legion Hall

278 W. Front St., Byers, CO 80103

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

3:30 - 4:00 pm (Mountain time)

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