1953 - 2014
Dennis Clark Keeney, age 60, of Dillsburg, Pa. passed away Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at home. Born Nov. 11, 1953 in Lebanon, he was a son of the late Clarence I. Keeney and Ruth E. (Frantz) Keeney of Rehrersburg, Pa.
He was employed at the PA. State Farm Show Complex for over 25 yrs., and for several years was a Pa. State Bee Inspector. He was the owner/operator of Keeney & Ziegler Apiaries, Bethel, Pa. In 1987 after his uncle Paul Ziegler suffered a heart attack, Dennis took over the management of the apiary.
He graduated in 1971 from Tulpehocken High School, where he was active in music and sang in the District Chorus. He later studied at Elizabethtown College where he sang with the Concert Choir and at West Virginia University, graduating with a degree in Agronomy.
Dennis was an experienced beekeeper, a breeder of queen bees and was named Beekeeper of the year in 2003 by the PA. State Beekeepers Association.
He was a member of the Carlisle Church of the Brethren, Eastern Apicultural Society, PA. State Beekeepers Association, Berks/Schuylkill Beekeepers Association and the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association.
Dennis had a great appreciation for nature and enjoyed hunting.
In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife Elaine L. (Garvick) Keeney, daughter Christen M. Keeney of Dillsburg and two brothers, the Rev. Delmas L. Keeney of Mechanicsburg and David N. Keeney of Coudersport.
There will be a viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanisburg. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at Little Swatara Church of the Brethren, 31 Rehrersburg Rd., Bethel, where there will be a viewing from 10:30 a.m. until time of services. Burial will follow in the Little Swatara Cemetary. Memorial contribution may be made to: Honey Bee Research c/o Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association, 2565 Southside Rd., Canton, PA 17724-7880
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