Jesse V. Keen, 70


Jesse V. Keen, 70, of Minerva, died Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Born Oct. 20, 1945, in Rochelle, IL, he was a son to the late Clyde and Dorothy (Shaw) Keen.Jesse Keen obit

He was a short and long distance truck driver having worked for PEP Oil, Midwest Homes in Minerva, Mideast Trucking Co. and was the owner of his own business, Keen’s Mobile Transport. He was a member of Ten Post Baptist Church in Wayne City, IL, Orel Lodge #759 Masonic Lodge F&AM, Minerva Eagles and Minerva VFW Auxiliary. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, loved country music and southern gospel and his dog, Rascal. He loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Renda (Schlott) Keen, whom he married June 12, 1972; nine children, Joyce Favors and Erle Gardner, both of Texas, Dee (Lynn) Green of Virginia, Richard (Traci) Gardner of Minerva, Melody (Christopher) Ward of Sebring, Theresa (Donnie) Locke of Minerva, Jesse W. (Tabitha) Keen of East Canton, Teri (James) Trimble of Minerva, and John (Mandi) Keen of East Rochester; six sisters and a brother, Betty (Gary) Warren, Debbie (Ed) Ayers, Rita (Tom) Sager, Judy (John) Gabbard, Patty (Wayne) Robertson, Vera Rawls and Roger (Carolyn) Keen, all of Illinois; several loving grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews; and a special mention to Cecil Garner and all of his buddies at Holland’s and Hardees.

He will be greeted in Heaven by a son, Del K. Gardner Sr.; two sisters, Wanda Kincart and Leona Robertson; two brothers, Mervin and Richard Keen and grandchildren, great grandchildren and many family members.

Funeral services in Ohio will be held Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva with Chaplain Larry Karlen officiating. Calling hours will be 5-7 p.m. prior to services. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. in Wayne City, IL, in Ten Post Oak Baptist Church with Rev. Donnie Rector officiating. Calling hours will be held Thursday 5-8 p.m. in Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, IL, and one hour prior to services at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with travel expenses. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at