Mervin L. Keeney, age 92, of Maple Lake, died at home on Saturday, June 27, 2020 with family at his side.
Memorial Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Buffalo Covenant Church with Pastor Bert Holmquist officiating. The service will be live-streamed for those unable to attend. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am - 10:45 am Wednesday at the church. Burial will take place at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Silver Creek Township.
Mervin Lloyd Keeney was born May 26, 1928 in Blackduck, Minnesota to Lloyd and Agnes (Soberg) Keeney. He grew up in Big Falls and graduated from Littlefork-Big Falls High School with the Class of 1947. On August 15, 1953, he was united in marriage to Adelle Slyter at Downer Presbyterian Church. Merv was a truck driver for Red Owl for many years, retiring with Super Valu in 1988. His faith was a guiding light in his life. He was a former member at Annandale United Methodist Church where he was a Lay Leader and was currently a member at Buffalo Covenant Church. Merv volunteered his time with many organizations including the food shelf, construction of the Maple Lake school playground, Meals on Wheels and Prison Fellowship ministries. His efforts were recognized in 1994 when he was awarded the Minneapolis Aquatennial Honorary Commodore Award at the Maple Lake Irish Gala. Merv enjoyed working the hobby farm, caring for their many animals, camping, bonfires at the lake, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. His legacy of care and generosity will be remembered by all that knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Adelle; daughters and son, Patty Raiche of Maple Lake, LuAnn (Mark) Vandergon of Maple Lake, Leah (Jason) Gilland of Backus and Marty of Maple Lake; eleven grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sheralyn Ward; son-in-law, Tom Ward; brothers and sister, Berkley, Virgil and Ivan Keeney and Anna Marie Henry.
The urn bearers will be his grandchildren, Kari Bergmann, Craig and Troy Raiche, Mandy Gustafson, Jared Ward, Trevor, Trent and Jacki Vandergon, Aaron Robinson, Stephanie Laposky and Spencer Robinson. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Maple Lake.
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