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Dan A. Keener 1944 - 2019
Ronald E. “Ron” Schepmann

HUTCHINSON — Dan A. Keener, 74, Hutchinson, Kan., formerly of Rush County, Kan., passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Wesley Towers Thorne Care Center, Hutchinson, Kan.

Dan was born Dec. 9, 1944, in Great Bend, Kan., the son of John and Della (Folkerts) Keener. A 1962 graduate of La Crosse High School, La Crosse, Kan., and a graduate of Barton County Community College, Great Bend, Kan., he was a businessman, volunteer firefighter, EMS educator, and the Rush County EMS Director for 17 years before his retirement.

He was a lifelong member of Hope Lutheran Church, Rush Center, Kan.; a 40 year member of Walnut City Masonic Lodge #215, Rush Center, Kan.; a 37 year member of the ISIS Shrine, Salina, Kan.; and a member of the Fort Hays Shrine Club, Hays, Kan.

On July 13, 1968, he married Ann Baalmann. They later divorced. On Dec. 9, 2006, he married Pat Edwards.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Keener, Hutchinson, Kan.; one son, Don Keener, Shawnee, Kan.; two daughers, Anjeanette “Angie” Roth (Jamey), Victoria, Kan., and Anamarie “Amie” Keener (John Dollus), Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Joseph Roth (Emily), Hays, Kan., Jacob Roth, Victoria, Kan., and Adella “Addie” Roth, Victoria, Kan.; two foster grandsons, Ryan Downing, Victoria, Kan. and Kevin Malek, Victoria, Kan.; two step sons, Rick Storm, Wilmington, Delaware, and Mark Storm (Wendy), Topeka, Kan.; three step daughters, Lori Hall (LaBan), Hutchinson, Kan., Toni Landon (Terry), Hutchinson, Kan., and Tracy Jenkins (Randy), Hutchinson, Kan.; 10 step grandchildren, Hilary Holtz, Roni Galimore (Ethan), Carl Bengston (Callie), Devin Storm, Rachel Storm, Sophia Storm, Jessica Woodyard (Greg), Turner Landon (McKenzie), Joshua Jenkins, and Courtney Jenkins (fiancé, Tyler); five step great grandchildren, Layla Holtz, Katilynn Holtz, Hudson Holtz, Jovie Harrison, and Jhett Woodyard; two sisters, Donna Schmidt (Galen), and Dena Irvin (Don), many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Dan Keener Jr.; and his foster grandson, Stephen Paul Reed.

Visitation will be Friday, May 24, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, Kan., with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Church visitation will be Saturday, May 25, 2019, from 12 noon to 12:50 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, Rush Center, Kan.

Funeral service will be Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, Rush Center, Kan., with Pastor Wayne Baldyga officiating.  Interment will be in Locust Hill Cemetery, Rush Center, Kan. In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests memorials to the Dan A. Keener Memorial Fund to be used for local community needs. Condolences or remembrances may be left for the family at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Janousek Funeral Home 

719 Pine Street 

P.O. Box 550 

La Crosse, KS 67548

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, May 24, 2019