OIen Keene, age 82, of Griffith, IN, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Edith; children Edi (Dave) Palinca, Denise Sulek (Dale Klemoff), and Brad (Kimberly) Keene; grandchildren Kyle, Andy, Tyler, Lauren, Heather, and Steve; great grandchildren Saydie, Abbey, Olen, Ricky, and Paulie Jr.; siblings Geneva (Late Bert) Lee and Charles (Barb) Keene; and many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Olen was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Ethel Keene; sisters Juanita Slone and Gladys Keen; and grandson Paulie.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 22, at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home in St. John, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 6:00 p.m. Cremation to follow.
Family and friends are welcome to join together for a dinner after the services, which will be held at Gary's Sportsman's Club, 10101 Madison Ave. in Crown Point.
Olen began his career in the locomotive industry working at Vance Corporation in 1967. From there, he went on to become the superintendent at Hulcher Services in Hammond, before finally retiring in December of 2005. OIen was an extremely hard worker, always going above and beyond to get the job done. He greatly enjoyed fishing, especially at Big Jesse Lake in Minnesota. His other interests included cheering on his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs; camping; and avoiding the cold Indiana winters by heading down to Florida. Above all else, Olen was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, who will be greatly missed.
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