James Russell Keenan
January 12, 1934 – December 28, 2018
James Russell Keenan, beloved husband, father, and Grampy, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of December 28th, 2018. Jim was born on January 12th, 1934 in Sacramento California to Hilfred Palo and William Keenan. The family moved to Rocklin where Jim attended Rocklin Elementary School and Roseville High School.
It was at a Roseville High football game in 1952 that Jim met his wife, Irma Cons. They married on September 29, 1953 and in 1954 the Keenan's were blessed with the birth of twin daughters Lois and Paula. Jim worked as an operating engineer for over 40 years. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed playing men's softball, coaching his daughters' softball teams, being his grandchildren's sports fan, gardening, dancing, hiking, traveling, going to car and plane shows, and working on home improvement projects. Jim was an honorary member of the Golden Seniors Softball Club. He was an active parishioner at his church; he especially enjoyed serving as president of the Cursillo ministry for ten years in the Sacramento area.
Jim and Irma celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past September with many family and friends present in their home of 54 years. Jim will be remembered for his commitment to family, generous spirit, hard work ethic, and devotion to God. We find comfort in our shared faith that Jim is resting in peace with family who preceded him in death: parents William and Hilfred Keenan, sister Barbara Carlson, brothers Bill and Jerry Keenan. He is survived by the love of his life, wife Irma Keenan, treasured daughters Lois Gallivan (Biff) and Paula Lubinsky (Peter), and cherished grandchildren Jillian and Jenner Lubinsky & Molly, Caroline, Brett and Sean Gallivan.
Thank you to the many angels who cared for Jim during the last two years.
Viewing Thurs Jan 10th, 4-8 pm and Vigil Service 6pm Lambert Funeral Home 400 Douglas Blvd Roseville. Eulogy and open sharing will occur at the Vigil Service. Mass of Christian Burial Fri Jan 11th,10 am St Rose of Lima Catholic Church 615 Vine Ave Roseville. A Celebration of Life reception will follow at St. Rose Parish Hall following the burial at Roseville Cemetery. The family invites all who knew and loved Jim to attend the services in his honor. He was a great man who will be tremendously missed. Remembrances may be made to Golden Seniors Softball Club, Att'n: Trudy Smartt 4637 Norris Ave Sacramento 95841
- Visitation/Viewing Thursday, January 10, 2019
- Vigil Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, January 11, 2019
James Russell Keenan
January 17, 2019
Dad, I miss visiting you in person and on the phone. I miss your saying, "When you get back to Chico, please call us, so we know you got home safely." I miss the little tune you whistled quietly through your teeth. I miss your kissing me on the cheek and patting the top of my head when I was seated and you would walk by. When I was hurt as a child, you would bandage my knee, and say, "It will get well before you get married!" I enjoyed our quiet visits out at Folsom Lake looking at the water on which we boated many years ago and observing the many changes of the recreational areas on which we played and picnicked with family & friends. You enjoyed so much being a parent and a grandparent and being actively engaged with our whole family. We shared so much in our work and our play and our worship on Sundays throughout our lives. I am praying for the repose of you soul, dad. Please pray for me that I may be graced with wisdom and strength as I journey with mom, Paula, Biff, Peter, Jillie, Jenner, Molly, Caroline, Brett, & Sean, Craig , Janice & Cousins Pat and Mike and Bob (Beans) during this time of sadness. May my sadness be turned to peace by the grace of God. I love you dad.- Your loving daughter, Lois
January 8, 2019
So sad to lose my cousin. Even though he was my cousin by marriage, I always considered him like true cousins. Him and I were very close in the early years when he was coaching the girls. I helped out on a few occasions. We double dated many times with Irma and Jim and visited frequently. Him and I went through the Cursillo together somewhere around 1979 or so. We helped each other with our classic cars that we worked on together.
Jim was the kindest man I ever knew. If he flew off the handle, he would regain his composure easily and didn't carry a grudge. His sense of humor always got me laughing along. He did so much for his in-laws and helped Irma coordinate parties like our Macias reunions years ago.
He will be tremendously missed, but memories last forever. To Irma, Lois and Paula and family, I share your grief. My condolences and love to you all. Rudy
January 8, 2019
My favorite memory of Mr. Keenan was how good he was to his family his twins and their friends. He loved his family and was so in love with his wife Irma. I could see that as a child when I first knew them. My favorite memory was their halloween party they gave the twin girls Lois and Paula and it was a dress up dance in the back yard! Lots of great songs and so much fun!! It was a "contest of who was the best dancer" So we all went to town on our best moves! LOL I must have been in 5th grade and Lois and Paula are 2 years older than me. Yet, Lois, Paula and Pat ~ we all felt the same age... We were close. Well, guess who won from the judges, Mr. and Mrs. Keenan... ME!!!! I will always remember that! I loved going to their home and Jim and Irma were always so good to all of us. I love you Keenan Family! Thank you Jim/Mr. Keenan for giving your family such a wonderful home and being such a awesome dad and loving husband to your favorite Irma the love of your life. God Bless you!