Gerald Keen

November 20, 1933 ~ July 31, 2018 (age 84)

Mr. Gerald Keen, 84 of Lake City, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville.  He was born in Lake City to the late Perry and Bessie Albritton Keen.  Mr. Keen was raised and lived most of his life in Lake City.  He served for 20 years and retired from the United States Navy, where he earned numerous good conduct medals, Vietnam service medals, campaign medals and Navy Unit Commendations; he also worked with the United States Postal Service for 10 years.  Mr. Keen was of the Baptist faith, and a charter member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.  In his spare time he loved to read, fish and travel. 


Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rachel Keen, Lake City; two daughters, Patricia Taylor (Jimmy), Jasper and Vickie Lee, McAlpin; three brothers, Kenneth Keen (Shirley), Lake City, Frank Keen (Casta), Fruitland Park and Dewey Keen (Shelia), Schwartz Creek, MI; two sisters, Hallie Jean Henderson (Tommy), Burton, MI and Gloria Odom, High Springs; 3 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends also survive. 


Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Gateway-Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Hugh Dampier officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service from 10-11:00 AM Friday at the funeral home. 

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