Burley T. Keene, Sr.

October 09, 1945 - May 09, 2020

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Saturday, June 13, 2:00 PM
One Truth Christian Outreach, 309 Sargent Street, Kendallville, IN


Burley T. Keene, Sr., 74 of Mongo died Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 11:26 a.m. in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was born October 9, 1945 in Hi Hat, Kentucky to Melvin and Elizabeth (Justice) Keene. They preceded him in death.

On October 9, 2009 in Ashley he married Maxine “Maggie” (Pearson) Compton.

Mr. Keene had worked at the Kendallville Foundry in Kendallville and the Sturgis Foundry in Sturgis, Michigan.

Surviving are his wife, Maggie Keene of Mongo; three daughters, Reva (Richard) Ashley of Littcarr, Kentucky, Olivia (Adrian) Ousley of Hindman, Kentucky, and Rose Wicker of Somerset, Kentucky; a son, Burley T. (Barb) Keene, Jr. of Wolcottville; a stepdaughter, Vickie Cardoza of Sturgis, Michigan; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Zetta (Ed) Frank of Fort Wayne; and a brother, Bobby (Sheila) Keene of Kendallville.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Madonna (Chatman) Keene; four sisters, Betty Pack, Dottie Nickels, Shirley Keene, and Bonnie Keene; and two brothers, Paul Keene and Curt Keene.

A memorial service will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 2 p.m. at One Truth Christian Outreach, 309 Sargent Street, Kendallville.

Preferred memorials are to the Noble County Humane Society, 1305 Sherman Street, Kendallville, IN 46755.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Barbara keene
June 3rd, 2020 7:26pm
Wolcottville in

Burley you were the best Father in Law a girl could ask for. You were one of the best men I know. You didn’t say a lot but love your sense of humor. I love you much and I know without a doubt you felt the same about me. I appreciate even when you were so sick yourself, encouraging Tommy to take care of me. That meant so much to me. I must thank you, for the husband I have. Without you, I wouldn’t have him. He is much like you, a very good man. I’ll miss you, and I look to see you again. This time made whole with no sickness, in the arms of Jesus. I love you Burley.

Frances keck
May 13th, 2020 7:26am

you were absolutely the greatest man I've ever met. You took on so much of my life. You didn't have to be the dad you were especially after grandma died. I miss you so much it hurts my heart. You were the best papaw I could have ever asked for and I wish my kids would have gotten more time with you. I know your no longer suffering and for that I'm thankful. I love you papaw rest easy.

David Blackburn Jr
May 12th, 2020 2:39pm
Butler, IN

RIP Burley. You done a great job preaching your own funeral while here on earth working for the Lord. You were a great man, father, brother, uncle, role model, husband, and there was never a stranger to you. I remember showing up at your house when i was about 17. You invited me in, we sat and talked for about 2 hours or better, and come to find out, you had no clue who i even was😄. Love you Uncle Burley. RIP

Sandy Walter
May 12th, 2020 1:01am

Prayers to my family. Heaven gained a great man

Rich and Debbie Hall
May 11th, 2020 11:30pm
Carlyle Illinois

Burley was one of the best men I have ever known. He was a special man to know and I was privileged to have the honor. The Lord gained a special man!

Maxine Keene
May 11th, 2020 10:18pm

My husband, my friend. You were missed before Jesus took you with Him. I loved you with all my heart and then some. I know you felt the same. You knew for a while now that your time was short and you were ready because you knew where you were going. I know you hated leaving me as much as I hated letting you go. I love you Burley Keene. We'll be together again.

Debi Smart
May 11th, 2020 8:26pm
Rome City IN

Burley, you have been one of the best brother in laws ever. I will miss you so very much My heart aches to know you are gone. But there is joy in knowing we will meet again in a place where there will be no sickness, no lung cancer, no hospitals and best of all no good byes. Fly high my brother. Spread your wings and fly. Love you with all my heart.

Olivia Owsley
May 11th, 2020 7:52pm
Hindman Ky

I love you Daddy and miss you more than anyone will ever know. Wish I could have been around you alot more. Buti hopeto see you again one day...

Ed and Zetta Frank
May 11th, 2020 7:47pm
Fort Wayne, IN

Burley was a quiet man. He never had a untoward thought for anybody that I can remember. He was an easy man to love and we will all miss him immensely.