Michael “Beagle” W. Keegan, 73, of Fenton, IL, died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Genesis Medical Center- Illini, Silvis, IL. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, September 26, 2022 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Erie, IL. Visitation will be from 2 – 5 pm on Sunday at Gibson – Bode Funeral Home, Erie. Burial will be in the Erie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Ambrose Church or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Mike was born September 23, 1948 in Morrison, Illinois, the son of Francis “Pat” and Esther Jean (Bush) Keegan. He graduated from Erie High School in 1966. He attended community college and then joined the Army where he served from 1969 – 1971. Mike married Wanda Border on April 25, 1970 at St. Ambrose Church in Erie. Mike was a lifelong farmer which was his greatest passion. In addition to farming, he was a Golden Harvest Seed Corn dealer, he worked at Ralston Purina for 19 years and owned and operated the Erie Parts Center for 14 years.
Mike loved visiting and telling stories with his coffee klatch. He was a member of the Lake Erie Country Club and enjoyed golfing in his men’s league. He was a dedicated supporter of his children and grandchildren and loved following their activities.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Misty (Mike) Slaymaker, Geneseo; Chad (Tasha) Keegan, Erie; grandchildren, Emma Jean and Alex Michael Slaymaker and Connor Michael, Kaylee Grace and Callen Patrick Keegan; as well as brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Clyde and Beth Kramer, Lynn and Donna Border, and Sharon Stoudt. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law, Tom Stoudt and Kent and Lauren Border. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com