John Joseph Keegan, Jr.

December 24, 2023
John Joseph Keegan, Jr.

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John Joseph Keegan, Jr. (Jay), 80, died Sunday, December 24, 2023, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born to John Joseph Keegan and Edna Stork Keegan on March 24, 1943, in Washington, D.C.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sylvia Keegan, daughter Michelle Montgomery (Dan), son John Keegan (Lisa), granddaughters Kylie and Elle Keegan, and sisters Edna Coyne and Teresa Griffin.

A proud graduate of St. John’s College High School and Catholic University, Jay was a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Major and retired after a twenty-year career. While serving, he received the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Award, Air Force Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He then went on to work for and retire from E-Systems/Raytheon, where he worked on the development team of USAF RQ-4A Global Hawk and Mystic Star.

He was a proud resident of St. James in Southport, N.C., for twenty years, where you were likely to find him on the links with one of his regular golf groups and where his hole-in-one flag proudly hung in his home office.

He will be buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on May 2, 2024, at 3:00 pm. A reception for family and friends will follow the service at the Board Room, 925 N. Garfield Street, Arlington, VA 22201.

In lieu of flowers, please pay kindness forward or make a donation in Jay’s memory to St. John’s College High School, 2607 Military Road, NW Chevy Chase, D.C. 20015 or USO, PO Box 96860 Washington, D.C. 20077-7677.


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  • February 09, 2024
    Kyle and Linda Wills says:
    Our sincere condolences to the Keegan family. Our prayers are with you all.

  • January 05, 2024
    Gary and Bett Lewis says:
    To the Keegan family, Prayers for peace in your loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. We on Irwin Drive so appreciated Jay’s ability and dedication of keeping ‘a mile long’ street connected by emails for many years. He was a friend who will be sorely missed by so many.

  • January 04, 2024
    Ida Williams says:
    Dick and Ida recall all those Saturday evening dinners out we shared with Jay and Sylvia over the 20 years we lived down the street in Springfield, VA. Great fun together...and neither of us play golf!! You will be missed by all, Big Guy. Dick and Ida Wiliams.

  • January 02, 2024
    Hank and Krista Daries says:
    We will miss you greatly Jay. Your friendship over the past 40 years means so much to us and all who were fortunate to have known you, Sylvia, Michelle, John and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hank and Krista