Lyman H. Keener

Apr 16, 2013

Decorated Veteran

WAYNESVILLE —  Lyman Hal Keener,  90, passed away peacefully  Monday, April 15, 2013, at his residence with his wife, Mary, by his side.

A native of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Abraham and Berdell Cope Keener and was also preceded in death by one sister, Dot Keener Butcher; and three brothers, Cliff, Clyde and Bob Keener.  Lyman served with distinction during World War II as a T/ SGT with the 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division.  He participated in battles at Normandy, Northern France and the Ardennes. Awards and decorations included the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Combat Infantry Badge.  Lyman was active in a number of civic organizations and was a member of the Masons.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Ferguson Keener; three sisters, Peggy Johnson, and her husband, Al, of Niceville, Florida, Barbara Keener, of Buffalo, New York, and Brenda Galloway, of Waynesville; one brother, Jim Keener, and his wife, Evelyn, of Waynesville; 54 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18,  in the Wells Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Beuford Shirley and George Galloway eulogizing.  Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 5202 and American Legion Post 47.  The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to VFW Post 5202, 216 Miller St., Waynesville, NC  28786.

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