The Port Arthur News
Floyd Edwin Keeney, Jr.
Floyd Edwin Keeney, Jr. was born in Nederland, Texas on March 18, 1925 to Floyd Edwin Keeney, Sr. and Floy Gibson Keeney. He was a resident of Groves for the past 58 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife of 57 years, Betty Catherine Hunter Keeney.
Floyd is survived by a family that he valued above all else. They include a daughter, Karen Rohrbaugh, sons Floyd Keeney, III and wife Lynn, and Michael Keeney and wife Halye; grandchildren Jillian Hunt and husband Jason, Hunter Keeney and wife, Beth, Erin Keeney, Collin Rohrbaugh, and Michael Keeney, II. He was also blessed with three great grandchildren, Jackson Hunt, Lillian Hunt, and Alice Keeney.
Following graduation from Beaumont High in 1942, he answered the call of his country and joined the Army Air Corps in 1944. Before he left the States to serve overseas he married his sweetheart Betty on November 15, 1944, in Grand Island, Nebraska. In World War II, he flew 33 missions as a Bombardier on a B-29 Flying Fortress in the Pacific Theater. Following his military service, he graduated from SLI (now known as University of Louisiana Lafayette) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and was instrumental in the building of many highways and bridges including the Morganza Spillway in New Roads, LA.
He ultimately moved back to Texas and went to work for Texas U.S. Chemical and retired from Ameripol-Synpol after 33 years of service. During his life he was an active member of Demolay, The Rotary Club, and served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.
To all who knew and loved him he was "PawPaw," the guy who played the banjo and guitar and sang to the delight of all the kids. He will be sorely missed and forever admired for his strength, bravery, character, and love of family. Floyd Keeney was a hero in a generation of heroes, and his legacy as a true gentleman will live on.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves on Tuesday, October 9th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with services at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.
The family will be forever indebted to Mrs. Wilma Bias, who was not only the best caregiver anyone could hope for, but also a devoted friend and companion to Floyd for the past three years. Her visits made his days happy and she will always be family to us. We love you, Wilma.
In addition, we would like to express our gratitude to the caring and compassionate staff at Sabine House in Orange and The Medical Center of Southeast Texas who cared for him and us as he began his final journey with dignity.
Friends wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to: Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Tx. 75265.