Rodney Dean O'Keefe

11 April 1921–15 September 2009 (Age 88)
Washington, United States

The Life of Rodney Dean

When Rodney Dean O'Keefe was born on 11 April 1921, in Washington, United States, his father, Clyde Boromeo O'Keefe, was 30 and his mother, Jessie Pearl Frederick, was 31. He married Jean Elizabeth Raven on 13 June 1942, in Snohomish, Snohomish, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Colville, Stevens, Washington, United States in 1930 and Colville Election Precinct 4, Stevens, Washington, United States in 1940. He died on 15 September 2009, in Roswell, Fulton, Georgia, United States, at the age of 88.

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Rodney Dean O'Keefe
Jean Elizabeth Raven
Marriage: 13 June 1942
Christopher Dean O'keefe

Spouse and Children

13 June 1942
Snohomish, Snohomish, Washington, United States


    Christopher Dean O'keefe


Parents and Siblings



    Oneta Beulah O'Keefe


    Orval Francis O'Keefe


    Clyde Frederick O'Keefe




+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 2

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 19

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 23

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

Irish and Manx: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Caoimh ( see O'Keefe ). Gaelic c followed by a, o, or u is often Anglicized as q in Manx.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Rodney D O Keefe in household of Jessie P O Keefe, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Rodney D Okeefe in household of Jessie P Okeefe, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Rodney Dean O' Keefe, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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