LOVELAND, Colo. - John Richard McKeown, 87, of Loveland, Colorado, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Village Health Care Center in Loveland.
John McKeown was born on August 14, 1925 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Phillip J. and Frances S. (Bilkey) McKeown. Upon graduation from Republic High School in Republic, Michigan, John enlisted to serve in the U. S. Navy Seabees during WW II in the Pacific Theatre (1943-1946).
Following the war, John graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in December 1950, with a degree in civil engineering. John married Mary Belle Beaudin in Ishpeming, Michigan on March 26, 1951. John enjoyed a long professional career in construction and engineering in numerous Midwest states before settling in Loveland in 1962. During his career, John earned Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration, applying his skills and talents in leading multiple large construction and heavy engineering projects.
John was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and was a permanent Deacon, ordained on June 16, 1984, with the Archdiocese of Denver in Northern Colorado. During John's ministry, he served the parishioners with St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Collins and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loveland.
John is survived by his wife Mary Belle McKeown of Loveland, his children Kathleen McKeown (Gary Betow) Tulsa, OK, Timothy J. McKeown (Rosanna) Westminster, Colorado, Pat Lovato (Joseph) Loveland, Colorado, Margaret McKeown Kelley (Michael) Greeley, Colorado, eight grandchildren, Faith Betow, Shawna, Connor & Christopher McKeown, Riley, Corey & Shea Lovato Ryan Kelley, and a sister Helen Louise George (Terry), Minneapolis, Minnesota. John is preceded in death by a younger brother, William Robert "Billy" McKeown in 1935 and grandson John Bartholomew Betow in Sept. 2005.
Mass of Christian Burial, was held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 24, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, celebrated by the Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in John's name be made to St. John Evangelist Catholic Church Adoration Chapel.