Ernest V. Keene


AUBURN – Ernest Vernon Keene, 77, passed away Sunday, July 29, at the Androscoggin Hospice House.

“Ernie” was born April 2, 1930, in West Turner, the son of Clarence E. and Nellie (Tupai) Keene. He attended one-room schools in West Turner and at Brighton Hill, in Hebron, until his family moved in 1945 to West Auburn. He was a 1949 graduate of Edward Little High School.

He married Linda S. Wheeler of Sabattus, June 16, 1973. He especially loved and enjoyed the home he and his wife Linda built, fulfilling his life dream of returning to live on the site of the old family farm.

Besides working on the family farm, he was employed by J. Webster Bennett Canning Co. and Wesley Urquhart Ice Co. during his high school years. For years he drove trucks for Eastern State Farmers Exchange, Agway Grain and Petroleum, Bass Shoe Co. and Hall and Knight Hardware Co., retiring in 1995.

Besides his wife, Linda, he leaves a brother, Richard C. Keene and his wife, Rita, of West Turner; a sister, Arline K. Hoar and her husband, Jay, of Temple; nieces, Tina McCormick and her husband, Terrance, and children, Brogan and Hayley, of West Turner, Cindy Roy and her husband, Jeff, and children, Lauren, and Evan, of West Turner, Sheryl L. Hoar of Lynn, Mass., Kendra J. Keene of Auburn; and a nephew, James R. Keene of Norway; brother-in-law, Lyle K. Wheeler and his wife, Janet, of Sabattus; nephews, Lyle J. Wheeler and his wife, Marie, and son, Colin, of Bradford, Randy Wheeler of Sabattus; and niece, Amanda Mitchell and her husband, Todd, and their son, Preston, of Poland.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by a sister-in-law, Pauline Cote Keene.

Ernie will always be remembered for his love of family and home.

The Keene family would like to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff of the Hospice for their special care given to Ernie.