Obituary: Verlon Keeney


Verlon Ray “Bud” Keeney, 78, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, at home.  A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Walcott American Legion.  Memorials may be directed to the Buffalo Fire Department or National Wild Turkey Federation in his memory.  Condolences may be left at

Bud was born in Van Buren, Mo., on Jan. 16, 1944, the son of Floyd and Ann (Clark) Keeney.  He graduated from Van Buren High School with the Class of 1961.  Bud was united in marriage to Sandra Brown on May 9, 1987. 

Bud was a territorial sales manager for Midwest Wheel and Rim in Davenport for over 50 years, before retiring on Jan. 1, 2022. He was longtime member of N.W.T.F and the N.R.A.  In earlier years, Bud served on the Walcott Volunteer Fire Department and City Council.  He was also a member of the Community Club and the Lions Club. In his spare time, Bud enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and playing golf.  

Bud will be dearly missed by his wife, Sandy; children, Sheri (Eilee) White of Churchville, Pa., Jon Keeney of Davenport, Jodee (Dan) Stepleton of Tipton, and Jay (Trisha) Meyer of Durant; grandchildren, Jason (Cherise) White, Blake (Janey) White, Danielle Stepleton, Dylan (fiancée, Gretchen Lilianthal) Stepleton, Joseph Meyer, Justine Meyer, and Jaymee Meyer; great grandchildren, Naomi, Joah, Norah, and one on the way in October; his twin sister, Verna Heinz of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and his sister, Helen (Frank) Austin of Van Buren, Mo.

Bud was preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Jo Johnson, Audrey Jean and Chester Morris, Meda Keeney, and Ruth Keeney; brothers, Jim and Carol Keeney and Dennis and Kaye Keeney; brothers in-law, Bob Heinz and Felix Gonzalez; and nephews, Brian and Jimmy Dale Keeney.


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