Leo Edward O’Keefe, Jr.


Memorial services for Leo Edward O’Keefe, Jr., 72, Lecompton, KS will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Leo passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 at his home.

Leo was born May 15, 1945 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Leo O’Keefe, Sr. and Lillian (Shrimplin) O’Keefe.

Leo served his country in the United States Army, stationed in Alaska during the Vietnam War.

He worked machine maintenance in the tool room at Berry Plastics formerly, Packer Plastics. He married Cathy (Phillips) O’Keefe September 3, 1971 in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his son, Kyle O’Keefe and fiancé, Rachel Baumbach; one granddaughter, Alexis O’Keefe; three sisters, Rhonda Davenport, Ginny and husband, Richard Hedges, Karen O’Keefe, all of Lawrence; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends from 1 – 3 p.m. prior to the service on Friday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to a charity of donor’s choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

10 Condolences

  1. Anita Okeefe on June 4, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss Cathy. Megan and I hope you are hanging in there. It’s a tough time I know. Our sincere sympathies for you and Kyle.

  2. Janet & Dale Smith on June 5, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Kathy and Kyle,
    I am so sorry. Leo was always such a great guy and I know he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Much love and hugs,
    Janet & Dale

  3. Pat Merritt Vena on June 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Sorry for your loss, he was always a great guy in school. Prayers to your family.

  4. Shanda on June 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I knew Leo by Ed. He was my best friend from school Julie’s uncle. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word to speak to me. I was surprised last night when I read about his passing. Heaven gained another angel when he left this earth. I just hope his memory will give his family comfort during this most difficult time. He will be greatly missed by alot of people, including me.

    The last time I saw him he was in the elevator with me. It had been years and years since we last saw each other, but it didn’t stop from smiling and me and telling me to have a good day. Made my day that he did that. What a gentleman.

    My sympathies go out to Rich, Ginny, and Julie. My thoughts are with each of you. Love ya all..

  5. Erika Davenport on June 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Aunt Cathy-
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Eddie. I wish I could be there for the family. Kaytlyn, Ethan, and I send our love.

  6. Randy Wells on June 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family, you were always a great man and enjoyed running into you at the store and restaurants. At school you were always nice and friendly, I will miss you, Randy.

  7. Bob & Patsy Moody on June 6, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Cathy, Kyle and family,

    We were so sorry to hear of Leo’s death. Leo epitomized the term, “Love of Family”. He was always smiling and helpful. He leaves you now to carry on that legacy through his memory.

    We share your loss.

    Bob & Patsy Moody

  8. Curt & Dawn (Shrimplin) Elmore on June 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Cathy, Kyle and family,
    Our sincere condolences to you all. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Eddie. He was always one to support, love and make his family smile. I am sure he is looking down upon you all, smiling upon you today. May you lean upon the Lord during your sorrow and may His love guide you daily. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and wishing we could be there. Blessings always.
    Curt and Dawn Elmore

  9. Dave Stoffer on June 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Sorry to hear about Leo

    Lots of good fun, great stories and pranks when he was at the LFD


  10. Michael A Davenport on August 12, 2022 at 2:07 am

    So sorry for your loss, knew leofor many years. he was a wonderful fellow he’ll be missed

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