Edward Keane (Mike) started his next great adventure on May 8, 2014.
Mike survived a tornado in Athens, Alabama, on April 28 and then had a
stroke and heart attack in Cheyenne four days later.
Mike was famous for his gregarious nature,
and, if you were lucky enough to meet him, within five minutes he would
know your name, what you did for a living, your spouse’s name, your
greatest accomplishment, and your life goals. He loved people and
especially loved to talk to anyone – retirees, the homeless, soccer
moms, and whoever crossed his path. He was also famous for his love of
Starbucks, and his favorite part of the day was to get his latte, sit
down, and meet a new friend.
Until the day of the tornado,
Mike was working as a consultant to the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant
in Athens, Alabama. He loved working so much that he refused to retire,
and, at the age of 76, was still in great demand as a consultant. As a
young man, he had left Grafton, West Virginia, to see the world, and,
after a stint in the Marines, he joined the Navy as a submariner. He was
stationed on the second nuclear sub, the Snook, where he learned his
craft in nuclear power.
He also met the love of his life,
Betty Jane O’Neal, when stationed in Pascagoula, Mississippi, while the
Snook was being built. After a four-week courtship, they married and
spent fifty-two years together, traveling the world and raising three
daughters: Mary Ralene Keane (Cheyenne), Blue Mudbhary (San Francisco),
and Fran Kline (Cheyenne). He was a proud grandfather to Indigo
Mudbhary, Cora Kline, Kelly Kline, and Sage Kline. He will also be
missed by his sister Priscilla Keane and brother Steven Keane. We are
sure he is having a great reunion with his parents Ed and Ethel Keane
and his sister Sara Keane.
Mike was a good friend to many
people all over the world, and he will be remembered for his wonderful
spirit, good humor, and his life-long search for the meaning of life.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral services. A
private ceremony will be held in Mississippi. Donations can be made to
the Red Cross disaster relief fund (american.redcross.org).