John Joseph Keene departed this life January 22, 2018. He was born October 17, 1942 in Pratt, Kansas to Sidney and Alice Keene. John graduated from Pratt High School in 1960 and went on to play AAA baseball for the Kansas City Royals. John studied accounting at the University of Kansas, where he graduated with a BA & MB in 1966. John was in the National Guard after college and then worked as a Certified Public Accountant for over 40 years helping numerous clients battle the IRS, John enjoyed working with his clients on many tax issues, vegetable gardening, canning, and spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, sisters and nieces and nephews. John was an active member of the VFW, American Legion, the Elks Club, and Jayhawker Alumni Association. He was the owner of Blackies Bar and Restaurant in Moriarty, NM for a number of years.
John’s parents, Sidney and Alice Keene, and brother, Samuel Keene, preceded John in death. John is survived by his wife, Patsy Keene of Rockwall, TX, daughter Kathleen Espat & Robert and their two children of Albuquerque, NM, his son Brian Keene of San Francisco, CA and his son Stephen Keene & Kasey of Terrell, TX, sister Mary Pat Jeffreys and Phillip of Wichita, Ks, and sister Martha Schwebach & Don of Moriarty, NM.
A gravesite service will be preformed at Green Lawn Cemetery in Pratt, Kansas later this spring.