OREGON – Patrick “Duffy” McKeown, 53, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
He was born Sept. 22, 1959 in Sterling, the son to William J. and Sharon (Clarkson) McKeown. Duffy graduated from Sterling High School in 1977. He married Diann Kendell on Sept. 22, 1990 in Warren.
Duffy worked many years for Rochelle Foods, in Rochelle, where he was currently a manager. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather always putting his family and friends first. His home was always open to those in need.
In his down time, when he wasn’t working on the home he was building for his family, he loved to go hunting. He also had a deep devotion to sports especially following his sons as they played at Oregon High School.
He was predeceased by his father and one sister, Chris Hungerford.
He was survived by his wife, Diann, of Oregon; mother, Sharon McKeown of Franklin Grove; four children, Kim (Chris) Hammond, Ben Newcomer, Nick McKeown, and Chris McKeown, all of Oregon; three granddaughters, Brooke, Josie, and Bella Hammond; siblings, Joe (Karen) McKeown, Cathy (Pat) Karrick, Jeff McKeown, Jean (Tom) Bowser, Betsy (Doug) Considine, Ann Glaser, and Dan McKeown; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a Celebration of Life held at the family’s home at 5415 West Henry Road, in Oregon on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 starting at noon on both days with time set aside for family from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Please bring a side dish to share and any musical instrument you would like to play.
A memorial fund is established in Duffy’s name. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon is assisting the family. Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com.