Robert E. Keane Jr.

U.S Army (Ret) CSM Robert “Bob” Edmunds Keane Jr., 57, of Lansing, passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at his home. He was born July 21, 1959 in Monroe, Mich., the son of Robert E. and Barbara (Darling) Keane.

Robert E. Keane Jr.

On Aug. 23, 1977 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He spent twenty three years proudly serving our country. He joined as a combat engineer and was a member of several Airborne and Special Forces units. His career gave him the opportunity to travel worldwide searching for the “best of the best” to join our military’s most elite special missions units. Throughout his career he received many honors, achievements, and awards for his leadership and dedication to our country. He retired as the Command Sergeant Major of the Kansas City Recruiting Battalion.

On Nov. 24, 1980 he married Maryann Doyle in Blackwood, NJ. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his children, Robert Ryan (Erica) Keane and Patrick Thomas (Britta) Keane; his grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Avery; his parents; Joanne (Jay) Noreika and Judy (Terry) Galvin; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was a very proud husband, father and grandfather. He always loved to brag about his sons and granddaughters. He enjoyed spending time with his family watching the Royals, Chiefs, and Jayhawks games. Being the son of an engineer he could fix anything and was always willing to lend an extra hand if you had a project. He was a man of great wisdom and would love to share this with you and was an expert in just about every subject from cars, boating, firearms, politics, anything military, gardening, history, etc. Whenever you needed him you could most likely find him in his garden tending to his tomatoes or tinkering with something in the garage. He will be missed dearly by all the lives he touched but we will keep his memory alive and cherish the time spent with him.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Open Door. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Operations Warrior Foundation: www.specialops.org.