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Elaine Frances McKeon


DAVENPORT, Iowa — Elaine Frances (Neurohr) McKeon, 83, of Davenport, Iowa, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Davenport. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Davenport. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport. Additional visitation will be available one half hour prior to the funeral in the Gathering Space at church.

Elaine was a loving wife, mother of two daughters and two sons, grandmother and great- grandmother. She was born July 28, 1935, to Peter and Loretta (Higgins) Neurohr in Ottawa. She married John F. “Jack” McKeon on Feb. 15, 1958, in Ottawa. Jack and Elaine were happily married for 60 years.

Elaine graduated from St. Francis grade school and Marquette Academy, both in Ottawa. She graduated from the former Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at hospitals in Davenport, Ottawa and Frederick, Md. She received her Bachelor of Science from the former St. Ambrose College.

Elaine was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church where she was a song leader and organist for many years and also a CCD teacher. Elaine was a big supporter of her children in school, scouting and sports. She remembered anniversaries and birthdays of all her family members with a card and a check. Elaine enjoyed playing cards and board games with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed playing bingo with her friends on Tuesdays and her friends at CASI where she played bingo on Friday. Elaine enjoyed fishing and was a die-hard Cubs fan. Elaine was an accomplished seamstress, her family looked forward to a box of her hand sewn “scrubbies” at Christmas time.

Elaine was a genuinely nice person who always saw the good in everyone. Elaine was friendly to everyone she met. She truly loved people and welcomed them openly into her life. Although she moved away from her hometown of Ottawa, her extended family always remained an important part of her life. She dearly loved her aunts and uncles.  

If you wish, memorials may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Church and to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.  

Elaine’s family would like to thank Dr. Al Sheikha and the staff at Internal Medicine for the years of loving care. They are appreciative of the great care received from Dr. Gimbel and the staff at Genesis Heart Institute. The family very much appreciates the wonderful care provided by Dr. Lee and the staff at Genesis Cancer Care Institute. They are grateful for the excellent care given by the staff and doctors on the pulmonary floor and ICU at Genesis East Hospital. The family is thankful for the caring staff and doctors at the University of Iowa Hospital, the Kahl Home and Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.  

Survivors include her husband, Jack; her four children and their spouses, Michele and Brian Richmond, of Belding, Mich., John and Lesa McKeon, of Swartz Creek, Mich., Dan and Andrea McKeon, of Ahwatukee, Ariz. and Theresa and Rich Herstowski, of Darien, Ill.; her nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Judy Neurohr, of Ottawa; and many nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Loretta Neurohr; and her brother David.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Elaine’s obituary at

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