SIKESTON -- David C. Keenan, 87 of Sikeston, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at the Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston.
Born June 27, 1925, in Robert Lee, Texas, to the late Jesse Walter and Annie Belle Landers Keenan, he graduated from San Angelo, Texas, High School and and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an aviation electronic technician from 1944 until May 1946.
He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he was president of the Radio Engineers and Engineering Association, served as the homecoming chairman and was a member of the student council. He was in Who's Who and the Honorary Cycen Fjor and Blue Key organizations. He also served as vice-president of the Independent Students Association.
He first worked for Sears after graduating and then for the Texas Power and Light Company in Dallas. He later worked for Kaiser Aluminum as a sales representative, was recruited by Alcan Aluminum in sales and was promoted to West Coast sales manager, moving to San Francisco in 1968. He moved to Sikeston in 1970, and became a national sales manager for Noranda Aluminum, retiring from there in 1986. He then worked with his son to establish Alan Wire Company in Sikeston and worked there for many years. He was a member of the Rotary Club for many years and the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston.
On July 21, 1951, in Cox Chapel at SMU in Dallas, he married Mary Emmaline Marston who survives of the home.
He is also survived by: a son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Debbie Keenan of Sikeston; two daughters and a son-in-law, Laura Bryant and Denny Smith of Merritt Island, Fla., and Jane Bevans of Columbia; nine grandchildren and spouses, Matthew and Shawna Bevans and Jeremy and Jessica Bevans of Columbia, Jonathan Keenan of Sikeston, Paul Bryant of Orlando, Angeline and Keith Carmichael of Columbia, Scott Keenan of St. Louis, Mark and Christin Bryant of Cocoa, Fla., Austin David Bryant, stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., with the U.S. Army and Blake Alan Bryant at the Japanese Military Academy in Tokyo, Japan; and four great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services at 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 14, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Geoff Posegate, pastor, will officiate.
Burial with full military honors provided by the Missouri Military Honor Guard will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at: www.nunneleefuneralchapel.com.
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may be made to:
The Salvation Army
701 Good Hope
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
YMCA of Southeast Missouri
Sikeston, MO 63801