Thomas Lorrain Keener

September 25, 1935September 25, 2020

Thomas L. Keener, 85, of Punta Gorda, Florida passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was born Sep. 25, 1935 in Pierceton, Indiana. He graduated high school in Pierceton where he met his high school sweetheart Sharon and later married. Tom went to work for United Utilities (later Sprint) right out of high school and worked from the bottom to the top in his career. He worked his entire career of 41 years for the same company and loved every minute of it; he was a business man through and through. Tom was a longtime member and supporter of the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, The Elks Lodge, Boy Scouts and served on the City Council in Clinton, MO Tom was an avid golfer and loved to watch football and ice hockey. He was also a big lover of auto racing and held over 100 trophies for car rallies and slalom racing in a 1968 Shelby GT Mustang that he raced for over ten years with his wife Sharon. Tom and Sharon retired to warm, sunny Florida where they enjoyed many years of golf, cards and other activities with a host of special friends. Tom was preceded in death by parents Merlen (Velurah) Keener and Inez (Ray) Leedy, his forever sweetheart of 61 years Sharon, half sister Susie Mellott and his grandson Patrick Keener. Survivors include two daughters, Vicki (Howard) Nelson of Benton, AR and Laura Keener of Punta Gorda, FL; grandchildren, Christy (Mark) Renfroe of Lena, MS, Jennifer Nelson of Benton, AR and Tommy (Liz) Keener of Punta Gorda, FL; great grandchildren, Nikolas Keener, Jack & Evan Renfroe and Emily and Chloe Keener; Sister, Sandy (Harvey) Monk of Ozark, AL and Brother, Denny Keener of Dothan, AL; Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. Also left to miss him is his dog Maggie, bonus "grandson" Derek Perkins, and family friend Becky. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3100 Samford Ave, Shreveport, LA 71103 or at his Great Grandson's Fundraising Page online at


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Susan Peck

October 1, 2020

I am so very sorry for the sudden loss of your dad. I always have wonderful memories of him and Sharon playing cards with my parents. What a fun time they had together. Friendship like that is priceless


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