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Patrick ‘Duffy’ McKeown

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

OREGON – Patrick “Duffy” McKeown, 53, of Oregon, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. 

He was born Sept. 22, 1959, in Sterling, the son of William J. and Sharon (Clarkson) McKeown. Duffy graduated in 1977 from Sterling High School in 1977. He married Diann Kendell on Sept. 22, 1990, in Warren. 

Duffy worked many years for Rochelle Foods, where he was 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 downtime, 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 is survived by his wife, Diann of Oregon; his mother 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. 

He was preceded in death by his father; and one sister, Chris Hungerford. 

There will be a celebration of life at noon Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 at the family’s home, 5415 W. Henry Road, Oregon, with time set aside for family from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Visitors should please bring a side dish to share and any musical instrument they would like to play. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon handled arrangements.

A memorial fund has been established. 

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