Ralph KEEN Obituary
 
In Memory of

Ralph Darby KEEN

November 10, 1931 - June 18, 2014
Obituary

Ralph Darby Keen passed away June 18, 2014 in Chilliwack, BC after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Ralph will be dearly missed by Mary Keen, his wife of 61 years, daughters – Sukoshi Fahey, Sherri Bellah, and Brenda Keen and husband Ryan Anderson, along with grandson Jeremy Fahey and wife Melissa, granddaughters Tamara and Tania Straiton, and great grandchildren Jordan and Justine Fahey, Kado Straiton and Ralph's sister, Sharon Keen. His brother, Raymond Keen, passed away several years before. November 10, 1931, Catherine and Dennis Keen welcomed their first son, Ralph Darby, into the world. Ralph grew up in Jasper and graduated...
Ralph Darby Keen passed away June 18, 2014 in Chilliwack, BC after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Ralph will be dearly missed by Mary Keen, his wife of 61 years, daughters – Sukoshi Fahey, Sherri Bellah, and Brenda Keen and husband Ryan Anderson, along with grandson Jeremy Fahey and wife Melissa, granddaughters Tamara and Tania Straiton, and great grandchildren Jordan and Justine Fahey, Kado Straiton and Ralph's sister, Sharon Keen. His brother, Raymond Keen, passed away several years before.
November 10, 1931, Catherine and Dennis Keen welcomed their first son, Ralph Darby, into the world. Ralph grew up in Jasper and graduated from Jasper High with honors. He attended Royal Military College where he forged many lifelong friends. Mary Driver caught his eye and as soon as he graduated, they were married in the little white church in the Rockies.
Ralph joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1953 and was posted to Korea for a year. In 1955 Ralph graduated with a Civil engineering degree from UBC. The next 25 years of military career took Ralph and family on a series of postings across Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During his Kenyan assignment Ralph climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Retiring from the military in 1980 the family moved to various locations in BC and settled in Chilliwack where Ralph worked for the District of Chilliwack until retirement in 1996. Over the years Ralph indulged in favourite pastimes – fly fishing, squash, karate, and serving the communities in many volunteer roles. His love of a good joke and his dry sense of humour made him beloved by family and friends.
Ralph lived his life with truth, duty, and valour. A celebration of his life will be held later in July. If you would like to make a memorial donation the link is: http://www.parkinson.ca/site/c.kgLNIWODKpF/b.5184129/k.2CBF/Donate_Now.htm
Online remembrances can be made at www.hendersonfunerals.com

Yes, I am old; - and death hath ta'en
Full many a friend, to memory dear;
Yet, when I die, 'twill soothe the pain
Of quitting my survivors here,
To think how all will be delighted,
When in the skies again united!
from the "The Tin Trumpet"
Arrangements under the direction of Henderson's Funeral Homes & Crematorium Ltd., Chilliwack, British Columbia.

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"Dear Mary and Family - My sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband and father, Ralph. It has been my pleasure to know him and you over the last few..." Lisbeth Kehl (and Gunnar Knudsen) (Chilliwack)

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