Norval McKeen of Wicomico, known to many as “Jack” or “Mac,” passed away July 28, 2015 at the age of 99.
He was born in Cainsville, Mo., on July 5, 1916, one of 11 children of Guy and Grace McKean. In his twenties he joined the United States Navy where he served his country until 1961 retiring at the rank of Chief Petty Officer after 22 years. During his military career he had many adventures. He served on the Navy ship Phoenix that was docked at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Jack was stationed all along the East and Gulf coasts from Maine to Louisiana and served several tours in Morocco.
Jack was a man of many trades. He could do almost anything and was a hard worker from remodeling and building homes to having an aluminum siding business to working at the Naval Weapons Station as a mine man. Jack was an avid gardener and you could always find him on his 1968 International tractor tending his five acres.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Nash McKeen; two sons, Wilburn McKeen and Norval McKeen Jr.; daughter, Patricia Harris; parents, Guy and Grace McKean; five brothers, Guy Wayne, Ernest Dean, Darrel, Donald and Robert McKean; four sisters, Marguerite West, Dorothy Bain, Vera Henry, and Eva Mae Lodge.
Jack is survived by his grandchildren, Lyle Walton and wife Catherine, Rhonda Williams and husband Sam, Wilburn Mc-
Keen Jr., Kimberly Steudtner and husband Falk, and Daniel McKeen; sister, Gladys Baugher; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service with military honors conducted by the Rev. Bud Goude will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Rosewell Memorial Garden Cemetery. Friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point.
Contributions may be given to Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 9, Bena, Va. 23018 or Gloucester Point Baptist Church, P.O. Box 305, Gloucester Point, Va. 23062 in Jack’s memory.
Family and friends may share condolences and memories at www.hoggfh.com.