James "Jim" A. Keen Sr., 76, of Sandusky, died Monday afternoon, May 17, 2010, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, following a brief illness.
He was born June 30, 1933, in Grundy, W.Va. He was employed for 37 years as a grinder at New Departure Hyatt, retiring in 1992. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a specialist 3rd class and was a sharpshooter expert with M1 grand.
He attended Wayside Temple in Castalia and was known as Trader Jim because of his love of flea markets and collecting various items.
He is survived by two daughters, Freda (Ralph) Voltz and Brenda (Brian) Kyer of Sandusky; one son, James "Andy" (Donna) Keen Jr. of Vermilion; seven grandchildren, R.J. (Amanda) Voltz, Lindsey (Ryan) Kriss, Brittany Keen, Anthony Campbell, Heather Keen, Tyler Keen, and Kellie Campbell; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Pauline Hamm of Castlewood, Va., Maggie Keen of St. Paul, Va., and Virginia Miller of Johnson City, Tenn.; four brothers, Stuart, Earnest and Arthur Keen, all of Castlewood and Lewis Keen of St. Paul; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Ruthie "Polly" Keen in 1998; his parents; stepmother; and two sisters.
Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Ransom Funeral Home, 610 S. Washington St., Castalia, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. Pastor Wayne Keith will officiate. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared with the family at ransomfuneralhome.com.