April 11, 1931 - December 14, 2019
Waverly, New York
December 14, 2019
April 11, 1931
Waverly, New York
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY
Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 1 to 3 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625. Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, New York
Richard S. Keene, 88, of Waverly passed away peacefully on Saturday December 14, 2019 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Florence (Garlow) Keene; wife, Shirley Marlene (Shaffer) Keene; brother, Robert Keene; and sisters, Betty Jean Keene and Ina Mae Keene Wood; and grandson, Jordan Brown.
Richard is survived by his brothers, Ronald (Janet) Keene, Russell (Shirley) Keene; and sister, Anna Marie (John) Ward; his children, Randy (Michelle) Keene, Kelly Keene, Nikki (Dennis) Brown, Rolly Keene, Tawny Keene, and Dede Keene; grandchildren, Crystal, Cody, Rusty, Courtney, Ryan, Katie, Aaron, Jarryd, Christian, Beau, Schea, Joy; great grandchildren, Adilyn, Eli, Alexander, Avery, Alexis, Jocelyn, Isabella, Patrick, Pauly and Fiona.
He was a graduate of Waverly high school where he excelled at baseball. It was Richard who suggested the mascot for Waverly High be a Wolverine, so it was voted on, and they became the Waverly Wolverines. Richard worked as a retail route salesman for Stroehmann’s Bakery, where he retired after 28 years of service. He had an outstanding work ethic; no snow, sleet or bad back could stop him from making his deliveries. He was a volunteer fireman for the Cayuta Hose Fire Company and was also instrumental in the development of the East Waverly ball parks and recreation area, working alongside others from East Waverly to create a space that continues to provide fun recreation for children and adults alike. In his spare time, he was an outdoorsman; he loved hunting, fishing and just being outside. What his children enjoyed most when spending time with him was the stories he would tell them about his life growing up in East Waverly. He was so proud to be part of the East Waverly gang.
A time of calling will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 1 to 3 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. A memorial service to honor Richard’s life will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at Glenwood Cemetery in Waverly, NY. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Richard’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Albert and Linda Howe
We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Greg & Renee Keene
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are very sorry for your loss.
From: Fred Barnhart
My sincere condolences to the entire family. Dick and I worked together at Stroehmanns ,I had the opportunity to ride with him numerous times, his customers loved him. I always liked riding with him because I knew it was going to be a good day. It is my hope that the memories you have help you through these most difficult times.
From: Joe Gabrielli
My condolences to Dick's family. I never met a better sport than Dick and he was a good friend and fierce opponent. To Dick: I still say that the two home runs you hit off me at the new Sayre ball field would have been pop flies on another field. And in right field to boot. Wherever you are, never take a third called strike.
Your friend, Joe Gabrielli
From: Deb, Paul and "Buddy"
We are so very sorry to hear of your father's passing.
From: Kathy Harris
To the Keene family:
It is with deep regret that I just realized
that Richard had passed.
So much can be said, but you all knew and loved this man..it is our loss and heavens gain.
Love you all, Kathy Bakley Harris