Obituary of Richard McKeever
Richard F. McKeever, 78, of Williamsville, NY. Passed away peacefully on May 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH after a long battle with cancer.
Beloved husband of 58 years of Dolores Lendway McKeever; loving father of David (Chelly) and Kevin (Simone) McKeever; cherished grandfather of Kylie (Benjamin) Garrido, Ryan, Nathaniel, and Arielle; great-grandfather of Alessia Garrido; dearest brother of Robert (Vanessa) McKeever, Nancy Langenfeld, and Susan (Brian Schofield) (late Bruce) Daboin and the late John McKeever; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Richard was a passionate man who was happiest when he was with his family. He married his high school sweetheart and they enjoyed a full and happy life together. After completing his Industrial Engineering degree at the University of Buffalo in 1961, he served in the US Air Force. He began his professional career in Buffalo working for Chevrolet and then Westinghouse. He completed his MBA at the University of Buffalo in 1969, and built his career in the field of quality control and operations management.
In 1985, they moved to Cincinnati where Richard served as Quality Director of Senco and then US Precision Lens (USPL), where, under his leadership, the company received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Richard retired from USPL - Corning Inc. in 1999. He was an active member of the American Society of Quality Control serving on the Board of Directors for many years. In retirement, he continued his love of teaching as Adjunct Professor in statistics at Miami University of Ohio, and consulting with companies on quality management.
Family was Richard’s passion. He was the happiest seeing his grandchildren in a hockey game, jazz concert or ballet performance. Richard enjoyed wrestling throughout high school, and was later introduced to judo during his time in the Air Force. He continued his love of martial arts and earned multiple blackbelt rankings in both judo and aikido. He further shared his passion by teaching young students at Aikido of Cincinnati. He was an active member of Good Shepherd Parish in Cincinnati.
The family will be present to receive friends Friday from 2-4PM and 7-9PM at BEACH-TUYN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5541 Main Street (at Cayuga Rd.) Williamsville. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday morning at 9:30 at SS Peter & Paul Church, Williamsville. Please assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati - Blue Ash (www.hospiceofcincinnati.org/donate).