August 15, 1931 - March 13, 2020
Waverly, New York
March 13, 2020
August 15, 1931
Waverly, New York
Private to the family
St. James Cemetery, Waverly, New York
Gerald D. Keene, 88, of Waverly passed away on March 13, 2020 at Elderwood Nursing Home, Waverly, NY with family members by his side. He was born on August 15, 1931 in Waverly, the son of Floyd and Susie Keene.
He was predeceased by his brother, Edward Keene, and sister, Shirley Millard, brothers-in-law Edward Kelly, Paul Corcoran, Jim Birney, Maurice Fay, Cliff Millard, sister-in-law Lois Keene and mother-in-law Julia Corcoran. He is survived by Rosemarie (Mary), his loving wife of 68 years, his children, Denise (Bruce) Napoli of Herndon, VA, Gerald (Betty) Keene of Waverly, Paul (Christina) Keene of Purcellville, VA, and Donna (Mark Turner) Bell of Atlanta, GA, brother Richard Keene of Nichols, NY, sisters Elizabeth Birney, of Waverly, Lois (Fred) Hill of Barton, and Louise Fay of Waverly, sisters-in-law JoAnne Kelly of Waverly and Carol Keene of Barton, grandchildren, Josh (Jeniann) Keene, Rachel (Donny) Warren, Kyle Keene, Alexander Keene, Jessica (Beau) Roskow and Julie (Chris) Reiter, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerry graduated from Waverly High School where he met his wife, Mary, excelled in athletics and was named to the all Valley football team. After high school he enlisted in the Navy and served for four years during the Korean War. He worked at IBM in Owego for almost 30 years. He was active in the Waverly VFW, Owego VFW and Waverly American Legion for most of his life and served as commander for several years. He gave generously of his time in the Valley Color Guard providing memorial services for other veterans at funerals throughout the region and participating in parades. He was a member of Saint James Church in Waverly. He served as Cemetery Commissioner for the Village of Waverly.
Jerry loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid golfer and a member at Shepard Hills and Tioga Country Club for many years. He was a Yankee baseball fan and enjoyed trips to New York and Baltimore to see games with his wife and his brother Eddie. He liked to ride his motorcycle and took trips with Mary and friends, on one trip traveling through the New England States to Nova Scotia. His vacations in the Caribbean and Mexico with friends and family leave them all with many good memories of the fun loving veteran.
Due to the current situation, the family has decided to postpone any public services at this time. All services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Waverly VFW, 206 Broad Street, Waverly, NY 14892. Those wishing to share memories or condolences may do so by visiting our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com.
From: June Satterly
My deepest sympathy to Rosemarie and all the family. Jerry was a gentle person that loved life. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
From: Krista Kelly and Kyler Ford
Aunt Mary and family,
We are so sorry for your loss and want you to know you are in our prayers.
Krista and Kyler
From: marty borko
Sorry about the loss of your brother.
marty and pen
From: Vicki Sindoni
Mary and family,
So very sorry for your loss. I am sending Blessings to all of you during this solemn time.
From: Ann Marie McGuire
Dear Mary and family... my sincere prayers to you and your beautiful family... a true gentleman.
From: Dawn Hammond
I'm so sorry to hear of your father and father in-laws passing. You are in my prayers. God Bless.
From: Karen and Ron Fraley
Sending our heart felt condolences to Mary and family. We have many wonderful memories to hold onto with years of travel and good times. God bless.
From: Mike Guilford, Valley Color Guard Chaplain
To all of the Keene family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Jerry was one of the finest men I ever met. Always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by the Valley Color Guard, and will remain in our hearts and memories forever.
From: Ed and corky bostwick
We are very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Dave and Carrie Vanhousen
Mary,Jerry and Betty, we are so sorry for your loss.Jerry was a wonderful man, he will be sadly missed.
From: Albert johnson
Im so sorry for your loss , may he rest in peace in heaven and may your family be loved by god , amen
From: marty borko
Sorry about the loss of your dad.
marty and pen
From: Skip & Lucille Stermer
Very sorry and sad to read of Gerry’s passing. Seems like yesterday we decided to enlist in the navy and go through boot camp together. Very lucky to have as a good friend.
From: Sheila Jilson
So sorry for your loss
From: Tim & Susan Schweiger
Thinking of you today. We are so sorry for your loss.
From: David Boland
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Jerry .We had many wonderful moments at IBM Owego . A great guy to know and for sure a wonderful family man .
From: Jodi & Randy Strait
So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Loved stopping and picking up tickets for the club I ran. Always enjoy chatting with him about all types of things. Sending prayers to the whole family!
From: Rick Pettit
Mrs. Keene and Family
Please accept my warm and heartfelt sympathy during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of Mr. Keene
From: Bonnie Bailey Every
Jerry so to here of your dad passing my prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time
From: Michael S Ryan
To all the Keene family sorry for your loss Gerry was a wonderful person.
Michael S Ryan
From: Dan Eiklor
Sincere condolences to the Family. Always enjoyed Jerry's stories of riding his motorcycle up Rte 34 in excess of the speed limit. Always had a smile when I would see him. He will be sadly missed by the community as well as by the the VFW and American Legion and the Valley Color Guard.
From: Jim & jayne Clinton
Our deepest sympathy for the loss your husband, father, & grandfather.
Jim first met Gerry when he began coaching the Waverly VFW Babe Ruth team. He subsequently interacted with him during college football games & golf outings "arranged" by Mickey's (Mike & Matt Gorman). Gerry was most surely a fun and still able to "whip" us young folk on the golf course!
From: Jim Lewis III
To Mary and all of Jerry's family:
Our sincere condolences to all of you for your loss. We have great memories from days at Shepard Hills. He will be missed!
Caroline(Carrie)Lewis, Jim Lewis III and Ron Lewis
From: Betty Layer Nobles
Mary and family
My deepest condolences to all of you and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Nancy and John Hogan
Our deepest sympathy to all of the Keene family.
From: Miss Judi Garland
To all the Keene family, sorry for loss,
Miss Judi Garland
From: Ron/ Brenda Dougherty
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary and the extended Keene family.
Gerry was a wonderful friend and a consistent contributor to Waverly and the Tioga County community.
He will be missed.
From: To the Keene Family
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. The Shafer Family (Joan, Steve, Dave & Cindy)