Frederick James Keen
October 13, 1938 – May 11, 2018
Passed away May 11, 2018 in Spokane, WA. Fred was born to James and Leona Keen in Spokane on October 13, 1938. He graduated from North Central High School in 1956 and then attended night classes at community college. He joined the Air National Guard working with the Marines, Washington State, and the US guard. He primarily worked on flight lines which he loved. He also worked for the R.A. Pearson Co. and for mortgage companies in both Spokane and Anchorage, AK. He moved to the Seattle area where he worked as a project manager-specialty construction with Intermountain Electric until he retired, at which point he returned to Spokane. Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ronald, Kenneth, and Thomas Keen; and daughter Susan Rae Keen. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bette Eileen (Hanson) Keen; son Kevin Eric Keen (Barby Quintinskie); and brother Albert (Joyce) Keen. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
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Frederick James Keen
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May 17, 2018
Fred was the third oldest of five boys, and I am the youngest. He was almost eleven years older than I. Even with the age difference, he always had time for me. He always included me in a lot of activities, and made me feel important.
I recall once riding with him, in his 55 T-Bird going "150 mph" up the Division Wandermere hill. I was so impressed, when I grew up, I restored a 55-T bird. To my dismay, I discovered the speedometers weren't very accurate on the top end.
We had to create our own entertainment back then, so we boxed and wrestled in the back yard. Fred was strong as an Ox. No one stood a chance with Fred. If the MMA existed back then, he'd been a world champ. My big brother was my "HERO".
Fred always had a special charisma about him, almost like "MAGIC' people were attracted to him.
I recall Bette telling me, when they were in a hotel in Vegas or somewhere where there were a lot of entertainers, a lady approached Fred and asked him if he was somebody.-- She couldn't have been more right.
Fred is gone now, but his "MAGIC" is still with us.
I will always love him, and he will always be my "HERO".