Richard Keenan
1924 - 2019
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November 20, 1924 ˜ August 8,

Richard “Dick” Keenan died of conditions related to natural causes on August 8, 2019. He was 94 years of age. Dick was born November 20, 1924 in Saint Vincent Hospital, Portland, Oregon. He was the third son of three children born to John R. and Anne M. (Ryan) Keenan. Dick 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.
Dick lived his entire life in the Metro area of Clark County, Washington and Multnomah County, Oregon.
He retired in the summer of 1981 as 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.
Dick is survived by one niece and three nephews.
A funeral Mass will be at 11:00a.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2019, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 S. Andresen Rd., Vancouver, WA 98661. Interment in Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Vancouver, Washington.
Remembrance: Providence Child Care Center or the Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Arrangements entrusted to Vancouver Funeral Chapel.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 11, 2019.
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August 17, 2019
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Sonya Wassman
August 14, 2019
I met Richard 3 years ago while visiting the Pythian Apartments in Vancouver and enjoyed many conversations in the cafeteria and lobby with him. Richard was always positive and upbeat-very refreshing. He was a wealth of knowledge and I often thought how Blessed his students, family and friends were just to know him. He was a kind, thoughtful and welcoming man and I consider myself to be very blessed to know him. RIP Richard.
Don Brunell
August 12, 2019
Richard came into our health club after retirement. He was a member for over 25 years and was an inspiration to so many. We were thrilled to get postcards from his many travels around the world and he would encourage to do the same . I don't believe I have ever met anyone as sharp as Richard, at any age. He remembered our birthdays, anniversaries, or even the passing of loved ones. Richard took the time to visit my mom back in Massachusetts during one of his trips. Pragmatic to the end, he knew when to stop driving and move from his home to assisted living. He was not happy with the gym. Richard, thank you for your many years of conversation, wit, and humor.
George Comalli
August 12, 2019
My heart is so heavy with the loss of my friend Dick. He would of course bring humor to my life anytime I was down. He would listen and then somehow have me smiling or laughing. So that is what we need now. One of Dick's stories. Even in his 90s he would ride transit. I loved the story of Dick misunderstanding a transit official who was trying to prevent Dick from climbing the stairs in one of the older cars of the MAX train. The doors opened and there were the stairs. He didn't have time to get to the other car with his walker. Suddenly a nice young man appeared and helped him navigate the stairs up into the car. Well before he knew it he was the only person left in the car and he couldn't get out. Now you have to imagine Dick telling you this story. Sometimes you would have tears flowing down your cheek from laughing so hard. Dick missed his stop. He had to use the emergency button to call the driver and say he was trapped and couldn't get out. At the next stop the train stopped and the driver came back and freed our Dick.
There was nothing better than when Dick loved a story you were telling him and he laughed and laughed. He so enjoyed hearing a good story and telling a good story! A truly unique individual. An inspiration to us all!

I miss his presence in the world.
Margie Mitchell
August 12, 2019
Mr. Keenan was my typing teacher at Estacada High School. He never raised his voice and was so patience with us trying to figure out the typewriter. If he did get upset, he would say, "50 lashes with a wet noodle". He was a great teacher! RIP Mr. Keenan! Marlene (Price) Zink
August 11, 2019
I remember Mr Keenan from the early l980's. He had only recently retired, and was doing all the things that he had meant to do, but never quite was able to do. Now that he had time, he was busier than I could have imagined.
One of the things he became involved with was attending a Clown School (I did not even know such things existed), simply because he had always wanted to do that.
He was always cheery, always busy, always looking forward to something. He was an inspiration to us all! And the world is a better place for him having been here.
Russell Teasdale
August 11, 2019
I remember Richard Keenan as a very funny and self-deprecating individual. I knew him shortly after his retirement, in the early l980's, and he was an inspiration to everyone. He always had something interesting to say, or something that he was involved with (I recall him telling us about classes he was taking to become a clown, at a bona fide clown school, no less). Just because he had always wanted to do that, and so now he had the opportunity,.
It is a testament to how interesting a person he was that I remember him vividly, after 35 plus years. He was a very interesting and friendly person.
August 10, 2019
Rest in peace Dick...
Joe and Shelley Pierce
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