OBITUARY

James Richard Keen Sr.

May 10, 1950March 31, 2021
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James Richard “Jim” Keen, Sr., 70, of West Carrollton, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at The Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital.

He was born May 10, 1950 in Dayton, Ohio and was a 1968 graduate of Archbishop Alter High School. Jim was an entrepreneur from a young age delivering papers and then as a child, he created his own miniature golf course in an empty lot near his home and sold memberships to the neighbor children. After some odd jobs, he landed at Warehouse Paint Center for 20 years where he worked his way up from a stock boy to President of the company. He recently retired from Parts Express after 20 years of dedicated service. Jim attended St. James United Methodist Church for many years. He was artistic, liked drawing and painting, watching documentaries, playing golf in his younger years, schooling his son-in-law in pool, and recently he picked up a new hobby, teaching himself the Ukulele. Jim loved watching Kentucky basketball and golf, riding his electric bike, fishing with his son-in-law and good friends, kayaking with his family, albeit just one time, in a thunderstorm, traveling, and gardening. He enjoyed his monthly lunch date with his own siblings, and his wife (Jackie’s) family and spending quality time with his family. He especially enjoyed many visits with grandchildren for pool days and pop tarts. Jim held integrity above all, showing compassion and kindness for everyone, and keeping a humbleness and sense of humor. He was certainly the patriarch, holding the family together through trials and tragedy, loving us through it and keeping us smiling and laughing.

Jim is survived by his father, George Keen; children, Heather Keen (Brian) Cantrell, Michelle Elmore (Bill) Fitzpatrick, Jaime Keen (Andrew) Kihn, and James R. “J.R.” Keen; bonus daughter, Jillian (Victoria) Vazquez; grandchildren, Breanna Max, Alec Max, Christian S. (Alison) Tallet, Hannah Hacker, Jordan D. (Katelyn) Tallet, Jacqueline A. (Chris) Maxwell, Baylee M. Cantrell, Jacob S. Florea, Hunter R. Elmore, Patrick M. Argenbright, Aiden L. Tallet, Jenna L. Argenbright, Liam Boepple, Milo J. Kihn, and Adelynne R. Kihn; siblings, George Michael (John) Keen, Patricia Keen (Dick) Keefe, Kathleen Keen (Jack) Turner, and Christopher Keen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary Keen; wife, Jacqueline Wooten Keen; daughter, Jessica Keen; and his son, Michael Elmore.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-6 PM on Monday, April 5, 2021 at GEBHART-SCHMIDT-PARRAMORE Funeral Home, Miamisburg. A funeral service will follow at 6 PM with Rev. Deb Holder officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dayton Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.gebhartschmidtparramore.com

Services

  • Gathering of Family & Friends

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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Bill Rogers

April 3, 2021

Jim was a good friend. He loved his family fiercely and was always there to help them. Till we meet again Jim.

Rebecca Smitley

April 3, 2021

Jim was a great father and hard worker. He was dedicated to his children and family members.
He will be deeply missed..
I wish his family peace and comfort.

Suzy Fehling

April 2, 2021

Jim was my manager at Parts Express, but more than that he was my friend, my work "Dad". Without him, I wouldn't be the dedicated, hard worker that I am today. He beleived in me and pushed me to succeed, he taught me so much. I will be forever grateful and will always love him. He holds a special place in my heart, even though it's broken right now. Fly high Jim.
All my love to the Keen family ❤

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