Karen McKeeman

Karen Ann McKeeman (Orthman)

Saturday, June 14th, 1941 - Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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Karen Ann McKeeman, 78, of Fort Wayne, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Karen was born June 14, 1941 in Fort Wayne, IN and grew up in Woodburn, IN. That’s where she met the love of her life, David McKeeman. The childhood sweethearts married in Long Beach California at the age of seventeen prior to Dave enlisting in the Navy. They enjoyed over sixty-one years of marriage, living in California, New Haven and Fort Wayne, IN.

Karen worked in the cafeteria at Highland Terrace Elementary in New Haven, IN to be around her kids and keep an eye on them. She later worked as a purchasing agent for 15 years at PHC Industries, Inc. She
then retired to start her favorite job as Grandma and helped with her three grandchildren.
Karen enjoyed reading, camping, traveling and spending time at their lake cottage with her family.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Dave, daughter, Carla (Larry) Bienz, son David Jr. (Marcia), all of Fort Wayne; her three grandchildren, Jonathan McKeeman of Indianapolis, IN, Sara McKeeman of Columbus, OH, and Daniel McKeeman of Fort Wayne; and brother, James (Rosie) Orthman of Fort Wayne. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilmer and Hester Orthman of Woodburn, IN, brothers, Thomas Orthman of Fort Myers, FL and Jack Orthman of Paulding, OH.

A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the chapel at Concordia Gardens Cemetery assisted by Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services. A celebration of life for family and friends will be at a later date.

Preferred memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Associations, Heartland Hospice or Kingston at Dupont.
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Posted at 10:24am
My heartfelt sympathy to Dave and the Family,. Karen was a Classmate of mine from first grade at Woodburn Lutheran and at Woodburn High School. We had many good times together through the years. So sorry for your loss.


Posted at 08:30pm
Aunt Karen was a beautiful person inside and out. Kendra and I send our condolences. Prayers to Uncle Dave, Carla, and Dave as well as their families.
~ Todd

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Posted at 03:17pm
We pray that God will give you strength and courage in your time of loss. Take comfort in friendship, prayer, and peace in love.
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Judy Furge

Posted at 11:43am
Dave and Carla, I am so sorry to read of the passing of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your sorrow. Judy Furge

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