Kenneth William Keeney, 92

Federal budget analyst

October 30, 2007

Kenneth William Keeney, a retired federal budget analyst and World War II veteran, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Friday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. The Severna Park resident was 92.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Lansdowne, he attended Glen Burnie High School and left school during the Depression to work with his father, who was blind and owned a grocery store known as Keeney's Corner near Hollins Ferry and Nursery roads.

Mr. Keeney later received a General Education Development diploma and also studied accounting at American University.

He enlisted in the Army in May 1941 and served in a medical unit in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He left military service as a master sergeant.

While on military leave, he married Pearl Marie Hazelton on March 30, 1942. The couple had planned to marry the day before, on Palm Sunday, but 22 inches of snow fell in the Baltimore area and the wedding had to be postponed a day. Family members said Mr. Keeney trudged through the wet snow to her Annapolis Junction home.

After the war, he was a budget analyst for the Defense Department. He retired in 1976 and lived for many years in Greenbelt.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Theresa Mae Romanek of Jefferson and Kendra Lynn Hurt of Arnold; a brother, Wilbur Keeney of Pinecrest, Fla.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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