92 of Clarksville, Indiana, passed away Saturday, January 28th, 2017 with his loving wife of 70 years at his side.
Born on February 28th, 1924 in Palmyra, Indiana to Chriss and Minnie Keehn. In his teens he attended Morgan Township High School and worked with his grandfather on his farm. Upon leaving school early, he joined the Army in March 1943 through December 1945. He was in the 52nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade and served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe, where he primarily drove a jeep for a General. While in the Army he was decorated with the EAME Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Metal, and the Victory Metal World War II.
After his service in the war, Cecil married the love of his life, Donetta, on September 8th, 1946. He had various jobs including auto mechanic, delivery truck driver for Wennings Meat Packing Plant in Central Barren, In and Army Ammunition Plant in Charlestown, In. He later went to work at International Harvester in Louisville, Ky in 1949. He worked in the foundry on the line and approximately 2 years later was promoted to Foreman in the foundry. He was respected by co-workers because he worked alongside them to solve issues and get the job done. He was later promoted to General Foreman in the foundry. He retired in 1981, but he continued to stay in touch with his co-workers through the retirees group until just before his death.
Cecil was a lifetime member of the VFW 1693 and the American Legion Post 28. He was a devoted member of the Hoosier Knobs Car Club for 30+ years; where he held many offices, showed his Mustang at numerous events, and drove in local parades. He attended Morton Memorial United Methodist Church of Clarksville, In.
Cecil was an avid fan of auto racing. He faithfully watched NASCAR races and attended the Indy 500 for over 40 years. He had a passion for antique cars, especially Mustangs and 1920-1940 Fords.
He will be missed by his numerous family members and countless friends both near and far. He is survived by his wife Donetta (Harris) Keehn;
youngest brother, Robert (Phyllis) Keehn of New Albany, In;
children: Rebecca (Rick) Roth of Huntsville, Al; Leland "Sonny" (Lynda) Keehn of Jeffersonville, In; Rhonda (Floyd) Tuttle of Pekin, In; Pamela (Steven-deceased) DuVall of New Albany, In; grandchildren: Jillene & David Tuttle, Stephanie (Baxter) & Grant Roth, Ryne & Holly DuVall, Great-grandchildren: Tyler Tuttle, Clay Shearer, Elliott & Avery Baxter, and Melody DuVall, Great-Great-grandchild: Natalie Tuttle
Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm Tuesday and after 10:00 am Wednesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring St. New Albany, IN. His funeral service will be held 11:00 am Wednesday in the Kraft Funeral Chapel with burial and military honors to follow in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Hoosier Knobs Car Club, c/o Leland Keehn, 3314 Evergreen Circle, Jeffersonville, IN, the Indiana Lions Club or American Lung Association.
Published on January 29, 2017