Donald John Keegan

Donald John Keegan, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019, in Buda, Texas, at the age of 82.

Donald was born March 22, 1937 to Cecilia and John Keegan in Texas City, Texas. As a high school student in Texas City, Don was a outstanding athlete in numerous sports. He was the captain of his football team. He loved to follow the Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys, championing them through their victories and defeats. Donald attended the University of Texas, Austin in pursue of an Economics Degree. After college, he became a social worker for the State of Texas, in Galveston County, Texas. His caring acceptance of all of God’s children, working to assist all those in need, however he could in his capacity as a social worker in Rusk, Texas made him a popular visitor to those he helped.

Donald met Ruby Mae Carr, in 1965 while at work. He was a social worker and she was a secretary. They fell in love and within months were married at the courthouse while on their coffee break. Unbeknownst to them, a reporter was present and put their story on the Galveston evening news. Together they had five children and raised them through life’s trials and tribulations in Rusk, Cherokee County, East Texas. Donald learned the country way of life, from his beloved wife Ruby, how to garden, raise animals, because he was a city boy. Later in life he experimented, cultivating, nurturing and training Bonsai. Donald was preceded in death by parents Cecilia and John Keegan, sister Kay Hooper, and daughter Anita Ross.

Don is survived by his dedicated wife of 53 years, Ruby Keegan, sons Kenneth and Chelsea Keegan, of Bastrop, Texas, Howard and Lucia Keegan, of Montgomery, Texas, John and Lori Keegan, of Buda, Texas and daughter Donna Dissinger, of Plano, Texas. He was a loving grandfather to 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He will be remember as a good man, and sorely missed by all.

Please join us in celebration of Don’s life at Harrell Funeral Home, 1715 Kirby, Kyle, Texas, on Saturday, November 16th, 2019, at 11:00 am. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Epilepsy Foundation.

To share a memory, photo or condolence with Don’s family, please go to to visit his memorial webpage.

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