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Lanny Dean Keney

Lanny Keney, of Quitman, passed away Thursday morning, March 24, 2022 at the age of 85.

Lanny Dean Keney was born in Sharpsburg, Ohio on December 16, 1936 to the late Earl Raymond and Ethel Pace Keney.  He met the love of his life, Jaunita McGowen, in California and tied the knot in 1958.  Lanny and Jaunita lived in Ohio for many years before hitting the road, traveling in their 5th wheel, and living in various places in the United States.  In 2004, they moved to Quitman. 

Lanny was a jack of all trades.  He could do a little bit of everything, but his favorite was wood working.  He was a master craftsman, and if you named it, he could build it.  He loved semi trucks and dump trucks and enjoyed driving them, and had a great appreciation for bluegrass music and vegetable gardening.

Lanny was a Christian man with a kind and gentle heart who loved his family dearly.  The hole left by his absence will be an impossible one to fill.

He greets in Heaven his parents, Earl and Ethel Keney, and six siblings: Jack Keney, Norma Black, Gene Keney, Maxine Peszlen, Marcella Reibel, and Dennis Keney.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 64 years, Jaunita Keney of Quitman; three children, Ted Keney and wife Victoria of Ohio, Jon Keney of Denton, TX, and Janet Gaban and husband Geoff of Arlington, TX; four siblings including his beloved twin sister, Wanda Spindler of Vincent, Ohio, and Dorothy George, Shirley Walker, and Peggy Keney, all of Arizona; three grandchildren, Candice, Nicole, and Geoffrey; four great grandchildren, Marco, Elena, James, and Olivia; one great grandson on the way; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

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My first memory of Uncle Lanny was when we were moving from Columbus, Ohio in 1970 to Bartlett, Ohio. He with Aunt Juanita, Ted, Jon, and Janet was our neighbors. My dad backed a U-Haul truck up to a bank that the Graham's House sat on. He and my dad were running the operation with both his family and ours helping. When the truck was backed into the bank, the combination of the bumper and us unloading on the ramp stirred up a yellowjacket nest embedded in the bank. Everyone was getting stung. My dad pulled the truck out of the way and Uncle Lanny went right up to the nest, while getting stung, poured gasoline at the entry of the nest and burned them out. I remember the pain that I was feeling but he was working through his to protect us from this attack. Once the bees slowed down, Uncle Lanny grabbed one of my dad's shovels and dug this huge football nest out of the bank. He was my second greatest hero in my life. Through what seemed like an impenetrable situation he faced it head on. That was the type of man he was to me. He also was a very loving and caring person. Whenever I talked to him, he always encouraged me by listening and advising in a way that allowed me to figure it out. I will miss him and have a soft place in my heart for him. Love you Uncle Lanny.

Phillip Spindler, May 26 2022 9:10 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lanny Keney

Sweet Expressions Mar 30 2022 8:22 AM

I have many found memories of the family reunions back in Marietta. So many have passed on.

Sandy Dembitsky (Keney) Mar 30 2022 6:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lanny Keney

Marilyn Danford Mar 29 2022 9:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lanny Keney

Bella Floral Staff Mar 29 2022 10:56 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lanny Keney

Lowe-Gardner Staff Mar 29 2022 10:26 AM