John J. Keenan

April 9, 1923 - June 10, 2015

04/09/1923 - 06/10/2015

John J. Keenan, 92, of Hendersonville went to be with his loving wife Dorothy Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Elizabeth House. A native of Syracuse, NY, John lived in Hendersonville the last twelve years. He was the son of the late John Francis and Agnes Lawyer Keenan. John was the owner of a heating and plumbing business in Ipswich, MA. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. During WWII, John was a Seabee with the Navy. He was a member of the Henderson County VFW and American Legion. While in Oroville, CA, John was a member of the Honor Guard. He loved deep sea fishing. John will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Survivors include five daughters, Dorothy Ann Warblow of Etowah, Kathleen Pelletier of Hendersonville, Christine Haller of Bristol, CT, Deborah Keenan of Etowah, and Susan Smith and her husband John of Newburyport, MA; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be at 10:00 am Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard. Father Shawn OíNeal will be the celebrant. A private entombment will follow the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 4-6 pm Friday in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Military honors will be conducted by Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post # 77, Hedrick-Rhodes VFW Post # 5206, and DAV Chapter #14.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. .

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Robert Pelletier
8 years ago

I will miss Grandpa, my fishing and cribbage buddy. John and Dorothy and the entire Keenan family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Bob Pelletier

Tammy Gibson
8 years ago

ìHappy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4)î May God provide you and your family with peace and comfort during this difficult time. The Bible shares a wonderful resurrection hope for future. I pray that you find comfort in the wonderful promises of John 5:28, 29 and Acts 24:15.

Kate Tassi
8 years ago


I am sorry that I couldn’t be with you earlier, I know you were looking forward to seeing me… But, you were always a big part of my life and will continue to be. You were kind/loving, funny and caring and made me laugh all the time. I will never forget all the time that we had together and I hope that you are now watching over Mom, Steve, and I. Here is to the next big adventure and you getting to be with Nana again in a better place. Love you always and forever!

<3 Katherine <3

Dick Keenan
8 years ago

Never met John but we had several phone conversations.

Sorry for your loss.


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