Robert Keene US Navy Retired

December 20, 1930 - January 17, 2019
Robert Keene US Navy Retired

Our daddy passed gently in his sleep on Thursday morning, January 17, 2019, at The Davis Community in Wilmington NC.

He was born on December 20, 1930, in Pensacola Florida the son of Rupert A. Keene and Hazel L. Grieshiemer.

Our dad loved and honored his country with 20 years of service in the Navy from 1948 becoming a dedicated Hospital and Field Corpsman receiving a Bronze Star on National Defense until his retirement in 1967. After his retirement, he moved his family from Jacksonville Florida to Wilmington NC where he was employed by Fountain Oil Co, along with Stewart Sandwich Co. until he married his late wife Christine Thompson Keene where he co-owned with her, Keene’s Motor Lodge in Richlands NC. Our dad also devoted himself as an Ancient Free & Accepted Mason in Richlands Lodge 564 where he was Past Master, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and served as secretary for over 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Christine Thompson Keene of Richlands NC, his brother Charles Keene of Richmond VA, stepson Gilbert Thompson, three grandsons, John Byrd, Gabriel Willetts, and Kevin Thompson, all of whom he loved dearly.

Our daddy loved his girls with soft discipline, humor, and fun teaching us all he knew to help us through life. If you had a chance to meet him you became fast friends and would be in awe at how nice of a man he was and would never forget him. He was a giving person who loved to help a variety of charities such as Smile Train, St Jude’s, and many others.

He is survived by his daughters, Judy C. Johnson and husband Dick of La Jolla CA, Bobbie L. Keene of San Diego CA, Katherine S. Willetts and Husband Carl of Wilmington NC, Karen J. Williams and fiance Pete Newton of Wilmington NC, along with their Mother Verna Mae Powell of Wilmington NC and his precious Granddaughter Taylor S. Johnson of San Diego CA.

The family wishes to thank with all our hearts his wonderful caring friends Gail & Gary Morton and their mother Lois who made it possible for our dad to be able to stay in his home in Richlands far longer than what was expected, a gift he so much appreciated. Jeannette Willaford one of his sweetest friends. Also, Love to Julie and Christeen at Hagan & Albano Podiatrists who showed him what caring for a patient is all about by visiting him from Jacksonville for his birthday. The Davis Community in Wilmington where the wonderful Breakers household fell in love with him and showed him and his family just how much they cared. He spent his last Thanksgiving, Birthday and Christmas with the Breakers household where they made his last days the sweetest ever! We love you all!

Thank you all for the visits, phone calls and, all of Daddy’s Thanksgiving, Birthday and Christmas cards and especially your love.

The memorial service plans are pending.

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  • January 21, 2019
    Brenda says:
    Sue Sue, You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • January 21, 2019
    Sandra Baxter says:
    So sorry to hear about Uncle Bob. He was a dear sweet man. From the time he married Aunt Verna, he fit right in with the family. He was very personable and had a great sense of humor. I remember when the family visited mama and daddy, it was always a lot of fun. He will be greatly missed. Love to all of you!

  • January 22, 2019
    Pat Kennedy says:
    Uncle Bob was loved by all of the family. I can honestly say my daddy and mama loved Uncle Bob with all their heart. They always looked forward to he and Aunt Verna's visits. I admire him for visiting daddy all those years, always making daddy feel better at the end of the day. He will truly be missed by everyone that knew him.

  • January 23, 2019
    Kathy Blossfield says:
    Bobbie, all of your work family are so sad to hear of your dear father passing away. Over the years you shared loving memories of him and although we never met your father, because of those stories we came to know him and what a loving father and grandfather he was. Your love for each other is obvious and his legacy lives on in you and your entire family and that is such a blessing. Our hearts go out to all of you and we're keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • January 25, 2019
    pdavis says:
    My deepest sympathy for the loss of Robert. May you speak of him often and find comfort in your many fond memories. May you also draw close to God in prayer and He will draw close to you, James 4:8. I pray you look forward to the time when sickness and death will cease and those asleep in death who God remembers will be restore to life and reunited with their loved ones, Revelation 21:3,4 and Acts 24:15, Isaiah 26:19. Now may Jehovah the God of all comfort keep you in his loving care.