Harry L. McKeown

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Harry Leitch McKeown, 91, died peacefully in Hospice House of Huntington, W.Va., surrounded by family on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. He lived a longlife, full of adventure, family, friends and a sense of humor.

Born July 6, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the only son of Leitch “Lee” McKeown and Mary McNeill McKeown, both of whom immigrated to the United States from County Antrim, Ireland. Also preceding him in death was his wife of 66 years, Virginia-Lou “Ginny” Austin, whom he married in 1946 and who died Oct. 31, 2012. They had enjoyed national and world travel, making their residence at the Woodlands retirement community in Huntington until her death.

He graduated from Germantown, Pa., High School and from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. In Boy Scout Troop 249 at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, he met lifelong friends in the “Petit Larceny Patrol,” and at the same time met his future wife, Virginia-Lou Austin.  He served in World War II with the 70th U.S. Army Infantry division, on reconnaissance in France and Germany in the 1944-45 drive to capture Saarbrucken, attaining the rank of sergeant.  He worked at Capon Springs and Farms Resort, Hampshire County, as manager of maintenance and finance from 1946 until his retirement in 1982.

He was a member of Second Baptist Church, Germantown, Pa; First Baptist Church, Winchester, Va.; and Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, Huntington.

Surviving are three daughters, Bonni McKeown of Charleston and Chicago, Ill., Laurie McKeown of Huntington and Marylin McKeown of Charleston; son-in-law Douglas Imbrogno of Huntington; his grandchildren, Lou and husband Ben Gilmore of New Bern, N.C., Lucas Imbrogno McKeown and Grace Imbrogno McKeown of Huntington; his great-grandchildren, Mia, A.J. and Wes Gilmore; his brother-in-law, Ted Austin of Winchester, Va.; his sister-in-law, Eunice Lee Austin of Winchester, Va.; cousin-in-law, Jeannette McNeill of Philadelphia, Pa., and her family; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of the lives of Harry and Virginia-Lou McKeown will be held Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at Capon Springs & Farms, Hampshire County.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to TEAM for West Virginia Children, P.O. Box 1653, Huntington, WV 25717 or Virginia Association of Rail Passengers, P.O. Box 867, Richmond, VA 23218.

Reger Funeral Home, Huntington, is assisting the family.

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