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Donald Griffin Keener

Born: Sat., Nov. 24, 1934
Died: Thu., Dec. 24, 2020


At the family's request there will be no public visitation and burial will be private


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Donald “Don” Griffin Keener age 86 went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 24, 2020 with his son by his side. He was born November 24, 1934 in Slate Lick, PA to the late Raymond Griffin and Olive Pearl (Shaw) Keener. Don graduated in 1953 from Freeport High School. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Bible Church in South Buffalo Twp. were he loved attending all the services and he was always studying his Bible. An auto mechanic his entire life working first for Greenwalds then Montgomery Wards Auto taking him to MD, FL then back to PA before opening his own shop in Slate Lick and then Kittanning until he retired. After retirement he continued to work on cars as long as he was able. Besides being a mechanic he loved to golf. He also loved sports especially ones with his children and grandchildren in. In retirement he enjoyed his trips to the “Y” to exercise. But he is probably most recently remembered for sitting at Walmart with his friends. Dad never met a stranger and you never went anywhere with him without someone coming up to talk to him. He is survived by his daughter Nancy Jo Keener of Saxonburg, and four sons: Theodore “Ted” (LuAnn), John (Robin) both of Sarver, Allen (Janice) of Kittanning and Timothy “Tim” (Michelle) of Freeport. Five grandchildren: Melissa (Ryan) Janoski, Janae (Dave) Goodwin, Heather (Jonathan) Grimm, Alex Keener, Brad Keener, Four step-grandchildren: Cassie Woods, Luke (Ashlie) Woods, Heather Panei, Joey Panei. Five great-grandchildren: Lilyann, Dakota, Samuel, Isaiah, Hannah, three step-greatgrandchildren: Isaac, Olivia, Lucie (born: 12/23/2020). A sister Janet Scott, and four brothers: Richard “Dick”, Raymond “Larry”, Keith (Charlotte) and William “Bill” (Judy) and brother-in-law Denny Emery. Besides his parents he is also preceded in death by his grandson Aaron Robert Keener, daughter-in-law Joyce (Jackson) Keener, step-granddaughter Missy Panei. His sisters: Myrtle Friend, Mary Lou Bouch, Margaret Turko, Eleanor Emery, Donna Keener and brother Kenny. Also three brother-in-laws: Clyde Friend, Stephen Turko, Richard Scott and sister-in-law Janet Keener. At the family's request there will be no public visitation. A family funeral service will be held at the Cornerstone Baptist Bible Church and Don will be buried in Lawn Haven Burial Estates in Worthington. Don’s family would like to that the nursing staff at ACMH for their care and the extra attention and assistance they gave the family in helping stay in contact with Don . In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to; Cornerstone Baptist Bible Church 17 Overlook Dr., Freeport, PA 16229.

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LaVerne Belles
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
I’m so sorry for your loss. He was one special man. His stories will always be remembered and he will be missed.

Linnea Smith
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Im so sorry for your loss....Linnea (Wagner) Smith

Chuck and Linda walthour
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Devastated to hear of his passing, he will be remembered forever ! Quite a man. Will miss him at Wal-Mart for sure. Prayers for the family

Beth & Scott Jack
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. I enjoyed chatting with him on my way out of Walmart. He always made me smile. God surely gained a wonderful angel.

Marcia Christy Fox
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
I will miss seeing him at Walmart, for sure. He always had a smile, no matter what, no matter when. Sending love and prayers to the entire family. May you find comfort knowing Don is at home with the Lord.

Paul and Karen Janoski
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Oh Papa, we will miss you. You were always such a gentleman and our grandchildren adored you. Your smile will be a memory that we will remember forever. May you Rest In Peace With your Heavenly Father. Prayers for peace and comfort to all of your family.

Sammy (Bond) Senkow
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
My deepest sympathies to all. When someone mentions Don's laugh, I can hear it immediately. Love and comfort to all of you during this extra difficult time. Love, Sammy (Bond) Senkow

Gary and Karen Ekas
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Please accept our condolences during this time. My mother passed away on December 5th, so we know how upsetting this can be, especially during this time of year. Thoughts to all.

Joanie Turney
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. He was so much fun in the Aqua classes at the YMCA. ❤️

Teri Jo Carrier
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Brad- I am sorry for the loss of your PaPa. Imagine the glorious homecoming he had! My heart is with you son- Love, Mom

Jeff, Korinne, Bob, & Zach Long & Justin & Lindsay Ammerman
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We will forever miss seeing his smiling face and hearing his laugh throughout Walmart. What a Christmas he had in Heaven this year. I’m sure he’s having a good time reuniting with friends and loved ones who have gone on before him, making the children laugh, and sitting around the throne of our Saviour.

Betsy Frantz Kolonay
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Keener family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Don for being such a good friend and relative to my dad Jim Frantz. He will be missed. Betsy

Roxanne Krause
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
He was such a cute little guy. Always sat on the wall with the jets at the “Y” during our 1st and 2nd swimming class and then he would join us for the 3rd class. He would sneak thru the water among us and that is why we would sing the song “Baby Shark”. He always had a smile.

Cathy Sims
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Don was such a special man to me, I loved his energy and infectious laugh he was always so full of life!! I will remember him like that always , my heart aches for the Keener family but I know Dons spiritual body is healthy and singing praises to our Lord God on high!! Peace be with you all in the days ahead, Love you all Cathy and Dorothy

Alan Geidel
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
You guys have my condolences I became a good friend of Don at the YMCA in Kittanning. May GOD Bless you all!!!

Paula Motosicky
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. Uncle Don will truly be missed.

Mary Jenkins
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
The Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Take comfort in knowing Don is truly in a better place with his savior Jesus Christ., and we can have hope knowing that one day we will see him again. His laughter filled any room and now his smile and laughter is filling Heaven!

Patricia Wilcox
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Will never forget the many wonderful memories of you all coming down to visit and staying with us. And that laugh, it was one of a kind. It would keep me up at nights while they would play cards in the evening. I’m so grateful for my visits to Pennsylvania when all the aunts and uncles would gather so I would be able to visit them, it was always such a highlight of my trip. You will truly be missed my Tushie Bimro, re st In Peace.
Love and Prayers,
Patricia Wilcox

Dee Zoller
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of your dad. His laugh was contagious. God bless.

Trena Raub
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
So sorry to read about Don’s passing. I can picture his smile, his stories and he probably worked on all of our vehicles at one time or another. Thankful that his soul is in heaven now. Prayers for the family🙏❤️

RW & Jodi Grafton
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
Sincere sympathies to the entire Keener family... enjoyed seeing Don as the Walmart greeter and usually had joke and a smile to share. He will be greatly missed

Bob McKee
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
Don was truly one of the nicest,friendliest,humorous and an all around greatest gentlemen in the world. Always left you with a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart. We will miss his friendly demeanor and smile.

Patty Ross, Jake & Zack Ayers
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
To the entire Keener family.
My (our) sincere thoughts & prayers go out to all of you.
He was a big part of our family many years ago but. . .
His smile and infectious laugh will never be forgotten. We were blessed to have had him in our lives when we did.
My heart goes out to all of you.

Sue Frantz Hagle
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
So sorry to hear about Don. What a personality!! He and my dad went on a few trips together to Florida. He was a kind and good person. Sue Frantz Hagle

Shirley Baker
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
To all of Don family I am sorry for your loss. I will miss him at the Y.

Dan& Deb Keener
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to you Uncle Don and to your family we will miss you dearly you are always fun to be around always in a good mood and jovial and our children loved how you treated them rest in peace my good man and all to those who have been touched by your presence.

Sally Johnston and Family
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
To the Keener Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I will miss my chats with Don as I leave Walmart. Our deepest sympathy.

Sally Johnston and Family

Donia Kersul
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Don was a great guy, always a smile on his face!
Donia and Mike KERSUL

Amy Gaiser Warner
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
My sympathies to you all. I will remember his laugh and good spirit. He will be missed. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Amy Gaiser Warner

Vickie Belles Newark and Family
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
So sorry for your loss, prayers to the Keener family.

Joe & Kathie Wilson
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
Joe & Kathie Wilson
Don was good friend, our samathy to all tthe Keeners

Tammy Hughes
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
There were many conversations with Don that I came away laughing or shaking my head, but always with a smile. He loved the Lord and his family very much. Thank you for sharing Don with us.

Bill & Tina Covey
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
Sorry for your loss! Prayers for the Keener family.

Terri Don Doug
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
To the Keener.. We are so sorry for your loss.. please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.. The Spink Family Foxboro Massachusetts

Terri Don Doug
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
To the Keener Family.. We are so sorry for your loss.. please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.. The Spink Family Foxboro Massachusetts

Steve Smiesko
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
Ted,
So very sorry to hear about your father. You and your family are in our prayers.

Steve.

Bernie Craig
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
It caught me off guard to hear of Don's passing. I thought he would live forever. I guess in our hearts and mind he always will.
My deepest sympathy to the entire family. He will be missed.

Barry Piendl
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
Ted,

I'm so sorry to learn of your dad's passing. While I never knew him, it sounds like he was a wonderful man. The many condolences and remembrances here are testament to a man who made friends easily and kept them. Please accept my condolences, too.

Barry Piendl

Jim and Jan Hartzell
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
Just writing to let you know how sorry we were to hear of Don's passing...we met him at the Y and he always had a smile. Thanks...for the memories...and see you in Glory....Jim, Jan and John.

Sue (Hines/Claypool) Hunter
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
I was so saddened to read that Don had passed away. I never ran in to Don that he didn't have a smile on his face. He always remembered me and I will never forget him. I'm sure he will be missed by his siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grands. My sympathies go out to his family.

Bill and Linda Stokes
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
Sending our sincere sympathy to T.K. and family on the loss of your Dad. You are in hearts and prayers. God bless.

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