Thomas Ronald Keating (24 November 1931 – 16 August 2008)

Thomas Ronald Keating

August 23, 2008

HAMPTON — Thomas Ronald Keating CWO2 (Ret.), of Hampton, was born Nov. 24, 1931, to Thomas John and Dorothy Keating of New Jersey, and passed away Aug. 16, 2008. He was the husband of Eunice Ruth Keating for 53 years.

Mr. Keating was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife; his daughter, Donna Frances Liller; brother, Lawrence; and his sister, JoAnne.

Mr. Keating leaves to cherish his memory his loving daughter, Patricia Dorothy Keating; his granddaughter, Amber Leigh Nettles; sister, Karen Hinkus and husband, Norman; and numerous relatives and friends.

Mr. Keating was a Vietnam veteran, serving in both the Air Force and the Army.

Mr. Keating was a resident of Hampton since 1968. After his retirement from the Army, he worked at United Virginia Bank as a loan officer.

Mr. Keating’s remains will be interred next to his wife’s at Hampton Memorial Gardens. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. A celebration of Mr. Keating’s life will follow the service at his home in Hampton.

Arrangements by Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cat Corner in Hampton.

Source:, Originally Published: 23 August 2008, Viewed: 6 February 2012.

Gerald Joseph Keating (1948 – 21 January 2012)

A picture of Gerald Joseph KeatingIn Memory of

Gerald Keating

1948 – 2012

Gerald Joseph Keating, 63, of Beavercreek, OH passed away Saturday January 21, 2012.

He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Keating; and first wife, Joan Keating.

Survivors include wife, Irene Keating; mother, Lucille Keating; children, Nik, James and wife, Angela, and Rosie; step-sons, Kyle and Travis Tilbury; siblings, Mike Keating, Tom Keating, Mary Chakos, John Keating, Ann Fillers, Margy Gilliat; and many nieces and nephews.

Gerald served in Vietnam in the US Air Force and worked at Dayton Daily News for 37 years.

Visitation is Friday January 27, 2012 from 12pm to 2pm with memorial service starting at 2pm at the Newcomer Funeral Home (Beavercreek Chapel), Beavercreek, OH.

Inurnment will be in the Dayton National Cemetery.

A gathering will be held at the home of Gerry and Irene Keating following the burial.

Source:, Viewed: 26 January 2012.

A Gerald J. Keating was also mentioned in this 1975 article. I wonder if it is the same Gerald?

John V. Keating (22 January 1933 — 29 January 2009)


John V. Keating, 76, of Pine Bluff, formerly of El Dorado, died on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.

He was born on Jan. 22, 1933, in El Dorado, the son of Vernon and Virginia Keating. He was reared and educated in Union County, having attended Quinn schools before leaving to join the United States Navy Reserve and then later the United States Air Force, from which he retired in 1973.

A member of Dollarway Baptist Church, he later worked for Pinkerton Security and as a security guard for Weyerhaeuser in Pine Bluff.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruth Benson, Mary Spahni, Betty Barker and Nelda Stringfellow.

Survivors include two sisters, Minnie Spahni of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ginny Hathhorn of Loudon, Tenn.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel in Pine Bluff with Bro. Eddie Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors.

Mr. Keating will lie in state until 5 p.m. on Monday. Formal visitation will be at 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.

Online condolences may be made at on the Internet.

Source: John V. Keating, El Dorado News Times, El Dorado, Arkansas, 01 February 2009, Viewed online 13 February 2009 at <>.

Lieut. Col. Donald W. Keating Retires (30 May 1966)

Lieut. Col. Donald W. Keating has retired from the United States Air Force after more than 22 years of active service. Born in Elyria, he enlisted in October, 1940 and received his commision in 1943. The son of Mrs. Thelma Keating, Butternut Ridge Rd., he has received the following decorations and awards — Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three bronze Oak–leaf clusters, combat readiness medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Bronze Oak–leaf, good conduct medal, Air Force Longetivity Service Award with four Bronze Oak–leaf clusters, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He and his wife have two sons and live in Madison, Wics. [sic]

[Includes picture of Lieut. Col. Donald W. Keating, retired.]

Source: ———, The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 30 May 1955, p. 12.

Ex-Elyrian Now Major in Air Force

Ex-Elyrian Now Major in Air Force

Donald W. Keating, formerly of Elyria, and son of Mrs. Thelma Keating, Butternut Ridge, has recently received his promotion to major in the United States Air Force.

Maj. Keating enlisted in October, 1940, and has completed three tours overseas in Germany and England. At present, he is stationed at Sculthorpe, England.

With him are his wife, Louise, and their two sons, Hank and Randy. This makes the second tour at Sculthorpe for Maj. Keating. He was one of the first American pilots to land on that base in January, 1944, and became an instructor in the B-17 Flying Fortress, instructing RAF pilots.

His flying experience has varied from the B-17 Bomber to the jet age and fighter interceptors, the F102A “Delta Dagger,” and back to the B-66 jet bomber, which he presently flies in the 84th Bombardment Squadron at Sculthorpe.

Maj. Keating received his Command Pilot Wings, the most cherished of all pilot qualifications, in November, 1958, while stationed with the 61st Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Truax Field, Madison, Wis.

Source: Ex-Elyrian Now Major in Air Force, The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 5 January 1961, p. 11.

Old Voodoo Intercepter ex-Elyrian’s Favorite in 60’s (21 December 1992)

Old Voodoo Intercepter ex-Elyrian’s Favorite in 60’s

By Rebecca Wiley
C-T Staff Writer

Elyria — Former Elyrian Don Keating, now of Norman, Okla., retired from the Air Force in 1966, but he still has vivid memories of the airplanes he flew.

One particular favorite was an F-101 Voodoo fighter intercepter, serial number 80328, that had been based at the Cleveland Air Traffic Control Center in Oberlin.

A Chronicle–Telegram story in September about the now engine–less Voodoo’s last flight […] base in Philipsburg, Pa., with the help of Chinook helicopter left Keating surprised, but pleased.

“Most of the planes were designated for destruction,” he said. “I assumed this airplane was melted down.”

The Pennsylvania–based Chinooks, large helicopters that carry heavy military equipment, are using the 46,500 pound F-101 for lifting practice.

Ironically, the story was mailed to Keating by an Elyria friend, Jean Bowen, who had no idea the photo with the story was of the former lieutenant colonel’s aircraft.

I thought he’d be interested, period,” said Bowen, a Elyria High classmate of Keating.

“After I saw the picture I was interested,” Keating said.

“After I saw the number, I realized it was one of ours.”

Keating flew more than 600 hours in F–101s during his 26–year career in the Air Force. He called the time “hours and hours of boredom dispersed with a few seconds of terror.”

He flew B–17s in World War II, participated in the 1949 Berlin Airlift and was held by the Russians for a few days after he had to bail out of a burning airplane in March 1949.

But his fondest memories are of the Voodoo.

“It makes you kind of sad the fate of the airplane is a dangling weight,” Keating said.

Even though there are newer and faster planes, it could be a challenge to fly this one, he said.

[Article includes picture]

Source: Old Voodoo Intercepter ex-Elyrian’s Favorite in 60’s, The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 21 December 1992, p. C1.

News About People in the Armed Forces (24 March 1965)

News About People in the Armed Forces


Lieutenant Colonel Donald W. Keating, son of Mrs. Thelma L. Keating of Butternut Ridge Rd. has been presented the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award at Grand Forks AFB, N. D.

Colonel Keating, an F-101 Voodoo pilot, received the award as a permanent decoration for helping the 18th Fighter Interceptor Squadron achieve an exceptionally meritorious rating at Grand Forks.

His present unit supports the Air Defense Command mission of defending the continental U. S. against enemy air attack.

The colonel, who attended the University of Oklahoma, was commissioned through the aviation cadet program.

Source: News About People in the Armed Forces, The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 24 March 1965, p. 21.

Judge Agrees Jet Was Not Too Low (2 February 1965)

Judge Agrees Jet Was Not Too Low

Sandusky (UPI) — Air Force Capt. Robert Keating, 29, was found innocent Monday of charges he flew a jet plane too low over the city.

Several residents claimed they was Keating’s plane buzzing the city, but the pilot said he had been practicing with the T-33 jet trainer and did not fly lower than 1500 feet.

Source: Judge Agrees Jet Was Not Too Low, The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 2 February 1965, p. 19.

Donald W. Keating (12 June 1964)

Donald W. Keating

Major Donald W. Keating, formerly of Elyria, and son of Mrs. Thelma Keating, Butternet Ridge Rd., was notified recently of his promotion to lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, effective July 15.

Keating, a rated command pilot and veteran of more than 20 years service, is operations officer assigned to the 18th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N. D. He completed his pilot training in 1943 and has flown in many fighter and bomber aircraft including the B-17, F-86D, F-102A and B-66. He is presently flying the F-101 “Voodoo” jet aircraft, with which the squadron is equipped.

Major Keating, a 1939 graduate of Elyria High School, is married and has two sons. He and his family live at the Grand Forks Air Base in North Dakota.

Source: Donald W. Keating, The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, 12 June 1964, p. 9.

Eugene Keating (1934 – 2007)

Eugene Keating

Eugene Keating, age 73, a Knight Commander of Holy Sepulcher and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene & Edna Keating; his sister, Marguerite Cahoon, and brother, James Keating. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marilyn; his son, Matt; daughters, Eileen (Mark) Douglass and Marguerite; sons, Gene, Joseph (Rachel), and Paul; and by his grandchildren, Michael, Gabrielle, Therese, and Francesca; and brothers, William and Patrick. A graduate of St. Thomas Academy, St. Thomas College, and the University of Minnesota Law School, he received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force as a First Lieutenant in 1956. He practiced law with Lindquist & Vennum in Minneapolis for forty years, representing, among others, the Minnesota Nurses Association, The National Football League Players Association, and The Teamsters Local 1145. He was also active in many Catholic and charitable causes, including The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, The Knights of Columbus, the Minnesota Catholic Defense League, St. Paul’s Outreach, and Total Life Care Centers. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 10 AM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 611 South Third Street, Stillwater. Visitation at Simonet Funeral Home, 6429 Osgood Avenue North, Stillwater, Sunday, 4-8 PM and one hour prior to service in the church atrium. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Missionaries of Charity. Simonet Funeral Home 651-439-7770 Family owned since 1864

Published in the Star Tribune from 4/8/2005 – 4/10/2005. Found on on 20 February 2008.