In Memory of Darrell
Ike “Darrell” Keeney, beloved father, grandfather and friend, passed away on July 19, 2016, in Franklin, Tennessee, at the age of 82.
Darrell is survived by his sister, Glynn Johnson (Casey); son, Kevin Keeney (Shari); daughter, Charlotte Keeney (Ben Midgette); grandchildren, Ayrianna Blair, Camron Midgette, McKenzie Midgette, and Callum Midgette; great grandson TJ Blair; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his brother, Mike Keeney.
Darrell was born in Clebit, Oklahoma, to C.B. and B.J Keeney. He graduated from Roseburg High School (Roseburg, Oregon) and earned both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Darrell served in the US Army as a language specialist stationed in Germany. He met and married the love of his life, Arlowa Reckwell, while teaching English in Canada. Throughout his teaching career Darrell taught in Grand Prairie, Canada; Pahoa, Hawaii; Hilo, Hawaii; and Roseburg, Oregon. Darrell loved people (his family, his friends, his students) and he knew no strangers. Darrell demonstrated his deep love and devotion to his wife by caring for her until the day he died.
We are choosing to celebrate Darrell’s life by asking friends to make contributions to Justice & Mercy International’s transitional living program to honor his memory. JMI works in Moldova to serve orphans who are at high risk for being trafficked. Moldova, a small country from the former Soviet Union, is the most trafficked country in all of Europe. JMI is buying a new house in Balti, Moldova and expanding the number of girls we can help. Right now we have 2 girls in a small apartment with our house parent Cristina and 10 other girls on a waiting list with no place to go until the new house is ready. Will you honor Darrell by helping provide a new home for girls coming out of the orphanage at age 16 with no other safe place to go?
See Ala’s story in the video below: