Frede Keegan Obituary

Frede  Keegan
Frede Keegan

April 30, 1936 - December 1, 2018
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Fred Elizabeth Keegan (nee Kramer), affectionately known as Frede, died in Des Moines, Iowa on December 1, 2018 at the age of 82.

Frede is survived by her three children Catherine Diane Turner (Clayton), Ankeny, Iowa, Stephen Charles Keegan, Des Moines, Iowa, Peggy Ann Keegan, West Des Moines, Iowa, by granddaughter Chelsi Nicole Harbert her husband Nick and their three daughters Briar, Avy, and Blake of, Ankeny, Iowa and by granddaughter Emily Van Baale and her son Cashtyn of West Des Moines, Iowa and by two sisters Marilyn Carpenter, Mesa Arizona and Jonnie Lennon, Boone, Iowa.

Frede was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Bernice Kramer and by two sisters Sandra Blue and Rosemary Mills.

Frede graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1954 and the American Institute of Business (AIB) in 1955. She worked for The Banker’s Life Company (The Principal Group) after graduation from AIB. In the 1980s she was an Administrative Manager for Northern Natural Gas and later she was employed in an administrative capacity at Des Moines University.

To recount one’s life is to tell a story; hopefully the story one would like to be remembered for. For Frede her story was first and foremost family. She was committed to caring for and to looking after each of her children. She experienced their experiences with a watchful eye; she was resolute in helping them realize happiness and the completion of their life ambitions and of their dreams. When she was blessed with two granddaughters she did the same for them as only a grandmother can do. And then a decade ago the flow of life began anew with another generation. A generation she was only beginning to leave her mark upon.

A Memorial service to celebrate Frede’s life will be held at the Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave, Des Moines on Saturday January 26. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM. The Service will begin at 11:00 AM., Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

Death comes for each of us; Emily Dickinson in her poetic lines captures this final moment gently and poetically. “Because I could not stop for Death - / He kindly stopped for me - / The Carriage held but just Ourselves - / And Immortality.”

Sad though the moment is, the Carriage came for Frede yesterday; let her Immortality be our loving memories of her.

Iles Funeral Homes - Dunn's Chapel




Memorial Service
Central Presbyterian Church
3829 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:00 AM
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American Diabetes Association-Iowa Chapter
4430 - 114th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322