Clarence Keener

Clarence A. Keener

Saturday, May 14th, 1932 - Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
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Clarence A. Keener, 88, of Shippensburg, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Chapel Pointe, Carlisle, PA.

Born Saturday, May 14, 1932 in Shippensburg, he was a son of the late Paul Edgar and Anna Cauffman Horst Keener.

Clarence was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. He retired in 1993 from John E. Keener Inc., as a brick mason. He was a member of the Prince Street United Brethren Church, Shippensburg where he was on the Board of Trustees, served as an Usher, Youth Fellowship, and went on many mission trips.

Clarence was a member of the Bricklayers Association, the National Rifle Association, and was an avid hunter and bicyclist.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elaine M. Heishman Keener whom he married June 14, 1952; three children, Marguerite E. (David) Elliott, Newburg, Jeffrey C. Keener, Fairless Hills, and Renee E. (Michael) Warner, Mechanicsburg; one brother, Mark (Beth) Keener, Chambersburg; one sister, Esther (Raymond) Witmer, Morgantown, WV; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Ivan and Paul Keener and one sister, Marian Martin.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Prince Street United Brethren Church, with Rev. John Shadle officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post # 223 Minutemen. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Prince Street United Brethren Church, 17 North Penn Street, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Prince Street United Brethren Church
    20 North Prince Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 2:00pm
    Prince Street United Brethren Church
    20 North Prince Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. John Shadle
  • Interment

    Spring Hill Cemetery
    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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  • Bronze Star
  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Korean Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal

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Bill Hunter

Posted at 07:32pm
Dear Clarence, I was lucky enough to inherit you when I married your brother Mark's daughter. You became an Uncle in law, but also a mentor and hunting buddy for more than a decade. I have wonderful memories of us tromping through fields in search of groundhogs on warm summer evenings. I can still picture you crawling, military style, over a bluff to get a better shot at an unsuspecting groundhog a hundred or so yards away -- and you were in your late 70s at the time. I so enjoyed hearing your hunting stories, and calling you when I had a successful hunt. You always had time to listen, and to share your wisdom. I learned to be a better hunter by spending time with you, but I also gained a deeper appreciation for nature and all of its splendor.

I will miss our summer evenings together, but I now have the joy of teaching my nephew how to hunt. I'll teach him in the ways you taught me, and I'll aspire to create life-long memories for us as well. Thank you for welcoming me into your world, and for sharing moments I will remember forever. Bill Hunter

Albert Carey

Posted at 06:24pm
Mr. and Mrs. Keener were our neighbors since 2003 and we found out that his father and Clarence built our house where his parents lived. We did learn a lot about the house and how it was built which was very nice to know. They were very kind and loving people and the best neighbors you could ask for. My husband Bud would always be talking to Clarence about whatever in the back yard. He enjoyed our animals that occasionally strayed over the line to visit him. We shared garden vegetables and fruit, which was nice. Our condolences to all the family and friends. They were missed when they moved to their little apartment, and also now that he is gone. He will never be forgotten.

Bud and Sheila Carey

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