Augusta – Joe Edmond Keener, 81, passed away on Saturday (Feb. 29, 2020).

Joe was born on Friday (Feb 3, 1939) in Blossom, Texas, to Clayton and Dora (Murders) Keener. Joe graduated high school in Wardell, Missouri. He married Betty Meade on Nov. 6, 1964 in Cottonwood Falls. Betty preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 2007. Joe had worked as a diesel mechanic, a machinist for Cessna and as a farmer. He was an outdoorsman. Joe loved to go hunting and fishing and was even slalom water skiing into his 60s. He had a great respect for the land and was very patriotic, flying a flag every day on a custom made flag pole he made himself. Family was always a priority for Joe and he kept in touch with so many throughout the years.

His granddaughters were the light of his life, they were his “Sweetheart” and “Sugar Bear.” Joe believed in working hard and passed that on to his children.

Joe is survived by his fiancÚ Evelyn Conley of Wichita; daughter Debbie (Bill) Webster of Leon; brothers Roger (Mary Ann) Keener and Kenneth (Carrie) Keener all of New Albany, Mississppi; grandchildren Destiney (Hector) DeAnda of Wichita and Heaven (Marc) Cain III of Leon; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, son Wayne, and brothers Edgar and Donnie.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday (March 5, 2020) Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2020), both at Dunsford Funeral Chapel in Augusta. Burial will follow at Prairie Grove Cemetery in Cottonwood Falls.

In Lieu of flowers, the family wishes Memorial Contributions be made out to B.A.S.E. (Bluestem Association for Students Education), left in care of the Dunsford Funeral Home.

Dunsford Funeral Home & Crematory, 201 East Fifth, Augusta, Kansas 67010, 316 775-6363,