Richard J. Killeen Jr., a charming, and handsome man left this earth suddenly and unexpectedly at the very young age of 82 on Mach 4, 2018. Richard was born in Chicago, Illinois October 19, 1935. His father Richard J. Killeen was a Kansas Congressman. He attended St. Mel High School in Chicago and then joined the United States Air Force.
Richard was a successful long-term business man in Seneca, Illinois. He was also a World War II historian and collector of memorabilia, a voracious reader, an author, a photographer, an artist, a chess player, and also a supporter of the NRA. He made many friends over the years.
He was a lover of all animals and a fierce defender of cats. He loved feeding and watching the birds. He was an enthusiastic gourmand who enjoyed a good meal and Irish whiskey. His trips to Ireland and around the world gave him the greatest pleasure.
Richard’s sense of humor was unsurpassed, his sarcasm was top notch and he cultivated criticism into an art. He could also see and hear ghosts. He was a complicated, brilliant, creative, wonderful and often challenging man, but most importantly; he was a much-loved husband, father, and grandfather. Richard’s passion was his family and he was always there for them.
His passion was his family- his wife of almost 60 years, Eileen “Bunny” Killeen; his daughters, Kimberly (Steve) Xoxakos and Kelly (Brad) Killeen Vineyard; his granddaughters, Delia, Phoebe, and Camille; the Adamson family, Janey (Alan) Adamson and their children, Sean, Chelsea, and Summer; the Pfarrer family including Erik; his sister, Nancy (Robert) Wigand; his nephews, Jason and Brad Wigand; his mother, Bernice (Milton) Taitus; and his great loyal friends, Terry Minick, Steve Taliani, and Junior Benckendorf.
He lived life to the fullest and every day was an adventure. It’s a long way to Tipperary. We miss him every day, but our family knows his adventures are still continuing.
He will be buried in Eagle Rock, Missouri at a later date.
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