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Dennis R. Keech Sr.

Dennis R. Keech, Sr. “sports enthusiast”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Dennis R. “Denny” Keech, Sr., 72, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, after a short illness.

Born on Tuesday, November 8, 1949, in Oswayo, he was a son of Claude H. and Edith I. Jones Keech.

Denny was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He was employed as a machine operator by the former Dresser-Rand Industries in Olean, N.Y. for over 43 years until his retirement.

Denny enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. working on his antique cars, walking around Shinglehouse, and in his younger years, weightlifting. He loved scratch-off lottery tickets, attending sporting events at Oswayo Valley, and watching sports on TV,. He loved animals, especially his cat, Lord Baltimore. He took care of many cats in his neighborhood. His greatest loves were his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his mother of Shinglehouse; three children, Dennis R. “Denny” (Kelly) Keech, Jr. of Shinglehouse, David R. (Tara) Keech of Shinglehouse; and Kelly A. (Randy Blackmon) Keech of Palm Harbor, Florida; five grandchildren, Kayla (Thomas) Gross, Kendal Keech, Kaleb Keech, Brevin Austin, and Charlotte Austin-Keech; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In keeping with Denny’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Denny’s name may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany, PO Box 281, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Denny’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Denny, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.


A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Keech Sr.

Rog Pettengill Jul 1 2022 8:27 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Keech Sr.

Laura Quinn Jun 23 2022 8:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Keech Sr.

Fred and Violet Mohr Jun 15 2022 7:26 AM

The picture of Denny will never leave my mind of him on the couch with the cat in his arms like a baby. He loved them and they loved him. I miss you Denny and I know I will see you again.

Violet Mohr Jun 14 2022 3:01 PM

Denny, Kelly, and David—
I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. He was my first sports coach and was a big influence on me. I appreciated his encouragement, tough love, and positivity. I always enjoyed spending the night at your place and catching up with your Dad when he wasn’t my coach, too! Thanks for sharing him with me and all the kids he touched in those early years of the junior wrestling program. I remember when I made it to the JO state tournament as a first time OV qualifier knowing outside my parents’ support, your Dad was the most important coach and support for me to have had the opportunity to do that. He will be missed by so many of us!

Michael Shepard Jun 6 2022 12:49 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Keech Sr.

Gina Shall Jun 4 2022 10:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Keech Sr.

Randy Jun 3 2022 6:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Keech Sr.

Kevin & Patty Jun 3 2022 3:18 PM

So sorry to hear of Denny's passing. "Big Denny" as we knew him, was a great neighbor. Edith and he gave me the opportunity to work at the Texaco for many years, for which I am grateful. All was right in the neighborhood when his Harley started up as he headed off to night shift. RIP Big Denny.

Kent Kovach Jun 3 2022 9:47 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Keech Sr.

Pamela Learn Jun 3 2022 5:31 AM

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