ST. ALBANS – Robert Park “Bob” McKeown, 89, formerly of St. Albans, died July 14, 2016 in Hendersonville, N.C. following a lengthy illness. Bob was born on Jan.12, 1927, the son of the late Elda Park McKeown and Guy Harris McKeown.
Bob married Dorothy “Dottie” (Shupp) McKeown on Sept. 19, 1953. She preceded him in death in 2015. Bob spent nearly his entire professional career with Union Carbide Corporation where he held several accounting and financial positions. While in St. Albans, Bob was a youth baseball coach, PTA volunteer and a member of the First Congregational Church where he served as an usher.
Bob grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pa. where he graduated from high school in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy as a member of the VP-21 Navy Air Crew. He attended Washington and Jefferson University in Pennsylvania and graduated from Bowling Green University.
Bob was a humble, unassuming man who instilled in his children the values of hard work, self-discipline and love of family, virtues he modeled throughout his life. He had a passion for hunting and fishing which he regularly indulged near Belvedere. After his retirement, Bob penned a personal memoir entitled My Life As I Remember It, much of which centered on life on a subsistence farm during the Great Depression.
Bob pursued a number of hobbies during his life. He was an accomplished gunsmith, a stamp collector and a coin collector. He also enjoyed fly-fishing, deer hunting, camping, hiking, canoeing and travel to the Caribbean.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Pat (Kurt) Kopp of Columbia, Mo.; and three sons, Bill (Candy) McKeown of Littleton, Colo.; Richard (Tracye) McKeown of Bryant, Ark.; and John (Linda) McKeown of Centreville, Va. Also surviving him are eight grandchildren, Michael Kopp; Eric Kopp; Anne Kimberling; Sarah Kopper; Kristen McCrary; Courtney Jones; Jenna McKeown, and Anna McKeown. He also leaves 10 great-grandchildren, Lucas Kopp, Tobin Kopp, Marlon Kopp, Greta Kopp, Evan McCrary, Ella McCrary, Cash McCrary, Harvey Kopper, Eileen Kopper and Edie Jones.
A graveside memorial service is to be held at the Lower Path Valley Cemetery in Fannettsburg, Pa. Memorials may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 21046.