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Ralph and Dixie Keener

Dixie A. Keener, age 79 of Linn, MO, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

Ralph H. Keener, age 80 of Linn, MO, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

Dixie was born July 23, 1938, in Roseland, KS, a daughter to the late George and Evelyn (McDaniel) Blundell.

Ralph was born May 20, 1937, in Scammon, KS, a son to the late Ralph and Marjorie (Johnson) Keener.

Dixie was a 1956 Graduate of West Mineral High School and Ralph was a 1955 graduate of Cherokee County High School. Ralph also served in the Naval Reserve.

On June 4, 1960, Ralph and Dixie were united in marriage in Scammon, KS.

Dixie was a homemaker and later retired from the Missouri State Tax Commission. Ralph was an instructor in Design Drafting at Linn State Technical College now known as State Technical College of Missouri in Linn for 33 years before his retirement in 2003.

Dixie was a member of the Community of Christ Church where she served as an Elder. She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star and a proud Native American as a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Ralph was a member of the Presbyterian faith and a Past Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge.

Dixie enjoyed bowling, ceramics, making Native American jewelry, pow wows, singing, playing piano, reading and baking.

Ralph was a sports lover. He enjoyed attending high school basketball games. He was a story teller, a shade tree mechanic, he enjoyed being a teacher and furthering the knowledge of his students. He was known as “Mr. Fixit” for being able to repair almost anything. He was a published song writer and enjoyed gardening.

Ralph and Dixie had mutual interests, including: dancing, traveling, camping, the St. Louis Cardinals, and were both members of the George Strait Fan Club. Their greatest love, however, was the time spent with their family and friends.

Ralph and Dixie are survived by: one son, Stephen Keener of Lenexa, KS.; three daughters, Sherri Paschal and her husband Jim of Linn, Susan Keener of Springfield and Stacy Keener of Springfield; granddaughter, Jordan Ann Deeken and her husband Bradley of Linn and two great grandchildren, Gatlin and Gentry Deeken.

Dixie is also survived by: two brothers, George Blundell of Joplin and Jim Lee and his wife Anitra of Mulvane, KS.  Ralph is also survived by a sister, Coleen Grant of Scammon, KS.  

Visitation for Ralph and Dixie will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Morton Chapel in Linn.

An additional visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home and Crematory in Weir, KS.

Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Interment for Ralph and Dixie will be in the Hosey Hill Cemetery near Weir with Military Honors for Ralph.

Expression of sympathy may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or to State Technical College of Missouri.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, MO.  (897-2214)   www.mortonchapel.com

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To the Entire Family
I'm so sorry for the loss of your parents.
You all are in my heart and prayers.

Kelly Reasoner Phillips (Evelyn's Friend & Cleaning Lady) Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

While traveling from Jefferson City, MO to my wife's home town of West Mineral, KS we stopped at a gas station in Camdenton, MO, where we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Keener. While filling up at the pump next to them Mr. Keener came over and started talking with us. Ironically we found out that they were raised in Southeast Kansas and shared many things with my wife and knew many of the same people. It was a joy to meet both of them. We want to express our condolences to their family and friends, as they were wonderful people.

David and Angie East Jan 7 2018 12:00 AM

Sherri, I am so sorry for your loss. I know your heart is breaking. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you love and strength during this difficult time. Sincerely, Phyllis

Phyllis Launius Jan 6 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about your parents. I know you are probably in shock right now but just know my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope that brings you peace.

Debbie Graham at OSCA Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM

I was saddened to hear of Mr. Keener's passing. He was a great teacher and person. I am so sorry for your loss.

Charles Robinson Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM

I pray that's God's Love and the Grace of the Holy Spirit comfort you and your family and help you find peace during such a difficult time. It is obvious your parents were not only beloved relatives, but also dear and well respected friends and community members -- something of which you may always be proud and a legacy well remembered! Thinking of you! SS

Shelley Shiflett Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved ones. I was lucky to know both your Mom and Dad. Your Mom told me so much about Native Americans. I will remember her for her spunky attitude. Dixie you will be miss RIP.
I got to know you dad when I worked at the Activity Center. He would visit with me after he finished his walking. We talked about Baseball a lot. I taught me a lot about sports that I didn't know.
But Dick and Dixie were true blue George Strait Fans. Loved to hear about their relationship with him.
So remember all the good memories you have of them, those will help you through this difficult time. God Bless you all.

Joan Baclesse Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM

Mr. Keener was one of my favorite Instructors. His class was not a burden; but more like fun. It is a pleasure to have known him. He will be missed.

Gary Roe - Linn Tech Class of 1971 Jan 5 2018 12:00 AM

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