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Eugene Ross Keene

October 20, 1927 — June 22, 2023

Preston, Idaho

Eugene Ross Keene

 

Eugene Ross Keene, 95, passed away in Preston, Idaho on June 22, 2023. He was born on October 20, 1927 to Marie Helen Larson and Charles Arnold Keene. He was the oldest of eleven children. He grew up in the small town of Roosevelt, Utah. He was raised by his grandmother Mary Amanda Godwin. Growing up on a farm he learned the value of hard work.

He served an LDS mission to Denmark, which he talked about often to anyone who would listen. While serving his mission, he was made the first Relief Society President and he took pride in that. He loved the LDS church and would share the gospel with everyone.

Eugene was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing and prospecting. He was an artist and won ribbons for his art. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War.

He later met and married Janet Valee Holberton and they combined their families to make six children and then by a miracle added Teresa and Tanny.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Valee Keene, his children; Teresa Lindley of Preston, ID.,  Tanny (Noemi) Keene of Ogden, UT.,  David (Kathleen) Keene of Caliente, NV.,  Robert (Miky) Keene of St. George, UT., Scott McCormich of Sunnyslope, AZ.,  and Jody (John) Dewright of Cedar City, UT.  He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; by his son, Scott C. Keene; by a great-granddaughter, Jaylee Keene; and by several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 26, 2023 at 12:00 pm. at the Preston 1/5/8 LDS Chapel, 213 S. 200 E. Preston, Idaho. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Preston Idaho Cemetery.

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