In Memory of

Janeth P. Keen

January 6, 1945 - November 22, 2019


Janeth “Jan” Pauline Keen

Janeth P. Keen, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away peacefully Friday,
November 22, 2019 at home surrounded by loving family.

She was born on January 6, 1945 to Jewel and Jim Dobbins. She
grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Wyandotte
High School in 1963.

Jan retired in September 2019 from the federal government after 33 years of services. In her tenure she worked for several agencies, most recently Department of Homeland as a Management Program Analyst.

On July 25, 1964 she was united in marriage to her husband of 45 years
William A. Keen. They lived in various locations, and eventually made Lee’s Summit, MO their home.

Jan enjoyed gardening and in the spirit of her late husband, live music. Above all else, Jan loved her family. She was the best kind of mother, the kind that loved without conditions. She adored her grandchildren and took every opportunity to be with them. She encouraged their dreams, supported them unconditionally and was always there in times of need. Her sense of humor and mischief making was infectious. Always a kind and loyal friend. Her heart was so enormous and she never turned down an opportunity to help someone in need. In truth, her hobby, purpose and passion was taking care of others.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Jean and Judy, her son Brett and husband William, the love of her life.

She is survived by her children, Demian Keen and wife Dawn, Justin Keen and wife Jackie, and Dianna Keen; six grandchildren, Amanda Keen, Allen Keen and wife Alina, Gabriel
Lasley, William Keen, JJ Keen, Cheyenne Keen; siblings Jackie, Jewel and Jim; nieces and nephews; other relatives and countless friends. She also leaves behind her beloved dog and companion, Harley.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends honor Jan
Keen’s memory by donating to the Veteran’s Community Project.


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I will miss your smile, your laugh and your love. You have been an important person in my life. Hugs and prayers to your family. May they have peace now and remember all of your wonderful stories.

I had the privilege of knowing Jan, via my mother, Marsha Largent, whom Jan worked with. She became a good friend of my mother’s and would often attend concerts and events with us. I will always remember her smile, infectious laugh and the pure joy that radiated from her. The world truly is short of an angel on earth. Rest peacefully, my dear friend.

Since I have known and worked with Jan; she has a heart of “Gold”. Through some tragic things that have happened in my life; she was so very kind, caring, considerate and helpful. It has been an honor and a privilege knowing her. Hugs and prayers for the family. Rest in Peace!!

There are no words to describe how much I will miss you my dear friend. You were the kindest and most generous person on the face of this earth. You were always there for everyone no matter what. I cherish all the fun times we shared together. We definitely had some fun trips together. My life is better having you as my friend. I love you!

I was so sorry to hear of Jan Keen’s passing. I found her to be such a kind, smart person. She had a great personality, and I liked her very much. I did not get to know her real well over the years, but enjoyed seeing and working at DHS with her for the past 10 years or so.
Rest in peace, Jan.

I am so sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t work closely with Jan often, I found her to be competent, diligent worker. On the personal side, she was always warm and what I might call spunky. She was a joy to be around and will most definitely be missed. Praying for God to comfort you at this time.

Jan and I sat next to each other for several years and she was always gracious to the “New Guy.” We also shared the same birthday, however mine was a little after hers. I always took mine off and she would work – I shall miss you…be at Peace.

I am so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. Although I am out in California, we shared years of teleconference calls together. Jan was always so fun and direct. She never hesitated to provide her thoughts and opinions. After she retired her presence was greatly missed. She always brought a smile to my face as she spoke her mind. Although I never met her in person, I considered her a friend. May her memory always be a blessing. With my deepest sympathies.

Sincere condolences to the family and her friends. Jan was an amazing human being. She inspired, shared her wonderful humor, and had a work ethic that was hard to match. I consider it a blessing to have spent time with her through the years at work, and admired her so much. I’ll never forget the time she dressed up as a long-haired blond groupie with go-go boots for a work CFC function. With a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face, she danced down the aisle after the rock star John Wright. She was an absolute delight and will be sorely missed!


I will be forever grateful for your friendship. From my very first day working at the NBC through everything you never lost faith in me. I never could thank you enough for that and all that you did for me and my kiddos. Sending love and light to your family – rest easy Jan.

It was very heartbreaking to hear of your loss. I continue to think and pray for you and your family.

Bob Pearson


Saturday, November 30, 2019
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063