Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

Allen Joseph Keegan

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February 15, 1937 - August 21, 2022

Allen Joseph Keegan, 85, went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 21, 2022. Allen was born February 15, 1937, in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of the late Donald Lyle Keegan Sr. and Ione Unice (Newlun) Keegan. He graduated from Saint Augustine High School, Class of 1955. Following graduation, Allen proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, instructing radiotelegraph morse code. He then began working at Beneficial Corp., where he stayed for over 40 years until retirement. He worked throughout Michigan until being relocated to Beneficial Management headquarters in Peapack, New Jersey. While working, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Business from Farleigh Dickinson University. He completed additional graduate/professional education for management of corporate real estate at MIT and the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics. 

When not working, Allen loved nothing more than being on the golf course. He took golf on as a second job in retirement, in beautiful Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, where he could play year-round for the better part of 20 years, until recently when he settled in Ocala, Florida for the remainder of his golden years. During his tenure, he was better known by the names Oak Hill Ace and Mr. Par 3 and for his unique putting routine, “The Keegan Shuffle.” He was known for his gift of gab and for telling stories, often the same ones. He loved playing games with his friends and family, though you had to watch him closely and call him on his blarney (especially in scrabble “felinish”). When nestled at home, he would have a vice grip on the TV remote flipping between the golf channel, old westerns, and good Hallmark movies, for which he had a tender heart and affinity.

He was a devout Catholic and active member at St. Bernard’s Church in Bridgewater, New Jersey for many years, including being a Eucharistic Minister, leading bible study, pre-cana, and men’s Cornerstone retreats. He has most recently been attending Queen of Peace in Ocala, Florida. He would be found saying the rosary nightly.

Allen had a beautiful and kind spirit, and strong will (some might use the word stubborn ), and most definitely was a fighter. He was diagnosed with a Klastkin tumor or hilar cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct near the liver. He was diagnosed less than three months ago at Stage IV following multiple misdiagnoses for back pain. He made the courageous decision to accept hospice care and looked forward to joining the Lord, his daughter Jennifer, his son Kevin, and all his previous loved ones that went before him.

Allen is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith Evelyn (Thompson) Keegan, his son Kirk Keegan and his wife Diane, of Missoula, Montana; his daughter Kara Keegan and her fiancé Daniel Scheeler of Addison, Texas; his granddaughter Kat Bartlett and her soon to be husband Brady Bartlett; grandson Travis Keegan; great-granddaughter Lexi; sister Deborah (Keegan) Millek; brother Phillip Keegan; sister-in-laws Kay Kirk (Keegan) and Wilma Chadderon; brother-in-law Tim Long; as well as all of his many beloved nieces, nephews, and countless friends (as an Irish Catholic family, there are just too many to list.) 

The Keegan family asks that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions in Allen’s memory consider donating to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation to assist in making advancements in research, faster and more accurate diagnostic measures, and treatments for this devastating disease.

All donations are tax-deductible. 

Click the "Make a Donation" button on this page to donate online. If you wish to donate by phone, please call (888) 936-6731 and speak with Laurie Kikel. If you wish to donate by mail, send check to:

CCF – In honor of Allen Joseph Keegan
5526 West 13400 South, #510
Herriman, Utah 84096,  USA

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