Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 20, 2013

Thomas Richardson Keen

MAPLE CITY — Tom Keen, 64, of Maple City, died peacefully in his sleep at home early Saturday, March 16, 2013. He was born on Dec. 17, 1948, in Madison, Wis.

He was a graduate of Princeton High School in Glendale, Ohio, and earned his B.A. at the Cincinnati Conservatory.

Tom was a life-long summer resident of Leelanau County until he moved there permanently in 1978. He married the love of his life, Barbara Lee Cook, on Sept. 23, 1995, and was a loving father to his stepson Jason, both of whom survive.

Since 2004 Tom worked for AutoQual, a franchise which was purchased by his brother, Jim Keen, who predeceased him in 2009.

Tom was also predeceased by his father, James Richardson Keen in 1966, and his mother, Elizabeth McCarrell Keen Tcimpidis in 1994. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Lee Keen and his stepson, Jason; his sister, Barbara Elizabeth Collins (Edward) and his sister-in-law, Jane McClure Keen, all of Leland; and many nephews and nieces.

Music, art, family and friends were Tom’s greatest joy in life. For the last 30 years, he played with his band of brothers in the Bluegrass group, Cabin Fever, at many venues and events, and especially enjoyed Bluegrass gatherings with friends in the upper peninsula of Michigan. His family and friends treasure the clever and unique cards he created over the years to celebrate their holidays and life events. Memories of Tom’s generous and gentle nature, faith, kindness and love of life will be his lasting gifts to us all.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held in the summer.

Memorials may be directed to the Leelanau Conservancy by mail: Box 1007, Leland, Michigan 49654, or online:

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