James b Keahey, Jr.

January 21, 1930 ~ May 28, 2020 (age 90)


James B. Keahey, Jr. of Millsboro, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and
children on May 28th, 2020. Born on January 21, 1930 to the late Alice and James B.Keahey,
Sr., ‘Jim’ grew up in Folcroft, PA. He graduated from Ridley Park High School, was drafted and
served in the Korean War as a Medic. After the war he was employed by Gulf Oil Refinery for
35 years and worked as a tree surgeon for various properties including Longwood Gardens. Jim
enjoyed retirement longer than having worked. Jim married Alberta Josephine Yaglenski on
October 2, 1954 and moved to Aston, PA and began a family; Sandy, James and Karen all born
within 3 years of marriage. They purchased a turn of the century farm home in Boothwyn, PA
where the family grew with the birth of Diana and Andrea. Jim farmed the property with a large
garden, fruit trees, chickens, ducks, and a shetland pony. Their 5 children, Grandparents,
Uncles, Aunts, cousins and friends enjoyed this home for years prior to moving to Chaddsford
and eventually Millsboro where Alberta remains.
Jim was a big Philly Sports fan, an avid fisherman, crabber and hunter. Prior to his 90th
birthday he shot and gutted his last buck. Upon retirement he took up the hobby of
woodworking, crafting gifts for his family including amoires, cradles, desks along with the cross
erected at St. Mark’s. An all-around handyman, Jim’s home improvement skills also included
brickwork, electrical, plumbing and refinish work. Jim loved traveling, driving with wife Bert
across country to visit his children and to ‘Alaska and back’ on numerous occasions which
included camping, hiking and touring with fishing as a highlight. Jim was an active member at
St. James Episcopal in Aston for 40 years and at St. Mark’s Episcopal in Millsboro for 20 years.
He has served on Vestrys, Church Events, Landscaping as well as being a member of the
Indian River Yacht Club and an active volunteer of Meals on Wheels. Jim was passionate about
Scouting. As a teen, Jim was the first in his town to earn the rank of Eagle. He continued to
serve over 25 years as a Scout Master taking multiple young man to the prestigious Philmont
Camp for backpacking. Numerous scouts under his guidance achieved the rank of Eagle,
including his own. Jim truly lived the scout oath of serving God, Family and Country.
Jim is survived by his beloved Alberta (Bert) of 65 ½ years. Preceded in death by his parents,
loving sister, Millie Keahey (Kaiser) and Edwin Keahey. His 5 surviving children and spouses
include Sandy Keahey (Johnson) son in law Bob Johnson with grandchildren Julia/Dan,
Caroline/Albert and David of PA, James B. Keahey, 3rd and Rose Keahey (Zgleszewski)
grandchildren Jamie/Kevin and James B. Keahey, 4th (J.B.) of KY, Karen Grozak (Keahey) son
in law John A. Grozak (CA) grandchildren Garrett James/Erin, Brianna, and J.T. of WA, Diana
Keahey (Cagle) son in law Robert Cagle with Lynnette/Luke, Alvin, Ambert and Luther of KY.
Their youngest daughter Andrea Kane (Keahey) son in law Kevin Kane, Liam James
(deceased), Alberta (Alli) , and Kendal Li of PA. Jim is also survived by 9 great grandchildren
and by many close nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to name.
Due to Covid19 an intimate gathering for 10 was celebrated on June 2nd, 2020 with Fr. David
Archibald presiding. All 5 adult children gathered with Alberta at St. Mark’s Labyrinth - a garden
dedicated to their late grandson Liam James. Dad and Mom have maintained and supported
this prayer garden since it’s inception.
A full Christian Funeral service followed by a Military Honor Burial will take place at a future
date once all immediate and extended family and friends can gather safely.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Seasons Hospice Foundation, Donation
Processing Center, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, ILL. 60677

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James b Keahey, Jr., please visit our floral store.


Services are to be announced

© 2020 Watson Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA