Joseph R. Keegan

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Joseph R. Keegan

January 20, 1927 - September 07, 2018

Joseph R. Keegan CHERRY VALLEY - Joseph Roger Keegan of Cherry Valley, passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in New York City on Jan. 20, 1927, the eldest son of the late Roger and Beatrice (Reape) Keegan, both immigrants from Ireland.
He was married to Patricia (Ford) Keegan on Dec. 15, 1962, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Cherry Valley.
Drafted at 17, he served in the Army during and after World War II in the Pacific at the 156th station hospital in Okinawa. Upon his return to New York City, he used the GI Bill to get a bachelor's degree from Long Island University and went on to get a master's degree in public administration from New York University, as well as taking advanced courses in statistics. Many years later, after his retirement, he returned to college and received another master's degree in library science from the State University of New York at Albany.
While going to college, he worked at the archives in New York City. After his education, he first worked for the New York state government, and then for the federal government as a statistician. He retired after 20 years of federal service.
After his retirement, he volunteered in several libraries, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown and Albany Institute of History and Art. He loved to read, was an avid researcher and was very interested in science, particularly space science. He believed in lifelong learning.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; son, Michael and Michael's wife, Bernadette. He is also survived by his brother, Patrick, Patrick's wife, Dianne; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his other siblings, Helen and James and James's wife, Dolores.
He is also survived by Helen's husband, John.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at Ottman Funeral Home, 22 Church St., Cherry Valley. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1 Church St., followed by burial services in Cherry Valley Cemetery. Following the burial services, there will be a reception at Kateri Hall of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Donations are welcome to either the Cherry Valley Fire Department Emergency Squad or the Planetary Society.
To send online condolences visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Published on September 11, 2018
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