Vancouver Funeral Chapel

110 East 12Th Street, Vancouver, WA


Richard James Keenan

November 20, 1924August 8, 2019

Richard “Dick” Keenan

A funeral Mass will be at 11:00am, August 14, 2019, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 S. Andresen Rd, Vancouver, WA 98661. Interment in Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Vancouver, Washington.

Mr. Keenan died of conditions related to natural causes on August 8, 2019. He was 94 years of age. He was born November 20, 1924 in Saint Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon. He lived his entire life in the Metro area of Clark County, Washington and Multnomah County, Oregon. He was the third son of three children born to John R. and Anne M. (Ryan) Keenan. He graduated from Battle Ground, Washington High School in 1942. He graduated from The University of Portland, Portland, Oregon in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and in 1960 with a Master of Arts Degree-- also from the University of Portland.

He retired in the summer of 1981. He was a Business Education High School Teacher. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a Lifetime Member of the National Education Association, The National Retired Teachers Association – a Division of The American Association of Retired Persons, and The Oregon Grange.

He is survived by one niece, and three nephews. Remembrance: Providence Child Care Center or Oregon Public Broadcasting.


  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Richard James Keenan

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Jenny Martin

August 20, 2019

Mr. Keenan was my sophomore typing teacher, he was awesome respectful and had a dry sense of humor in 1974! I still remember the timing tests!
The skills I learned have supported me all these years!
RIP Mr. Keenan!

Esther Akers

August 14, 2019

Thank you for being an amazing teacher. RIP.

Sandy Lindland

August 14, 2019

My Keenan was my typing teacher in the late 1960s. He taught me a skill that I have used my entire life both within the workplace and at home. Thanks!!! RIP

Teresa Hay Caba

August 13, 2019

Oh Mr. Keenan scared me to death, however he couldn’t ever remember my name !! I had 3 sisters attend his type writing classes years before me, and this seemed to be the reason he would forget my name. In his sense of humor that eased my fear of him he called me “Martha” .....such a fond memory & I love typing!!! Rest In Peace 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Linda Barr Batdorf

August 13, 2019

Mr. Keenan was my high school typing teacher in Estacada, Oregon.
He taught there a long time. (There are many, many comments about how much he was loved on a private alumni page. Hoping others there will post their memories because there are many)
Aside from him expertly teaching me how to type--a gift I use every day--one memory stands out for me.
I was ill and fainted in his class one morning. I had a very high fever, but had a dress rehearsal for a play that night and the school had a policy that if you were in any school activity in the evening you had to attend school that day.
I was extremely ill and when I knew I was going to keel over in his typing class I jumped up, ran for the door and down the hall with Mr. Keenan on my heels.
I got outside into the cool air but it didn't help. I crumbled to the ground.
I woke up with him fanning my face saying, "Oh dear! Oh dear!"
He got help and I was able to lie down for a while... I made it through and the show went on that night thanks in part, to this caring, dear man.
He was dearly loved by hundreds of students.
I wish I'd known he lived so close. Would have loved to have chatted with him. He will be missed. ❤

Juli (Kay) Hager

August 12, 2019

Mr. Keenan was a great teacher @ Estacada High. I shared his Obituary with Estacada Fallen Rangers and the memories his students are sharing there and Estacada Friends site have been wonderful. Funny . Heart warming. We were blessed to have him as a teacher.

Kim Dunn

August 12, 2019

Mr. Keenan was my high school typing teacher and was a good teacher, I always looked forward to his class. My prayers and thoughts are with his family

Merry Grant

August 12, 2019

I loved my typing class with Mr Keenan! He was such a nice soul to everyone and a great teacher. My typing skills aided me tremendously in my working career. I send warm condolences and hugs to the family.

Mark Stewart

August 12, 2019

I loved this man. He was supportive, kind and firm at the same time. He left a huge positive impression on me. I will never step up to a keyboard without him being close at hand. Keep your wrists up “Mr Stewart”. Never forget him . RIP Mr Keenan

Dave Turner

August 12, 2019

Thanks, Mr. Keenan! You were a patient and kind instructor to generations of rowdy high school kids (I was one of many), But, without your training, I never would have succeeded in my career, thank you!!