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William Brooks Keenan


Last updated 1/6/2020 at 11:24am

William Brooks Keenan, Jr., 81, of Oak Brook died Jan. 2, 2020.

He was a proud graduate of Fenwick High School in 1956 and Xavier University in 1960. Bill was President of Keenan Transit Co. for 59 years, a company founded by his father in 1946. He was past president of Butterfield Country Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Brooks and Genevieve Sullivan Keenan; and his grandson, Brooks Tonn.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Higgins Keenan; his children, Betsy (Brian) Moran, William Brooks III (Denise) Keenan, Trish (Patrick) Kinsella, Dan (Tracey) Keenan, Tom (Danielle) Keenan and Nora (Robert) Tonn; his grandchildren, Kate (Christian) Arquilla; Jack, Christopher and Nora Moran; William IV and Hannah Keenan; Genevieve, Patrick Cass and Colette Kinsella; Christopher, Lauren, Jane and Ben Keenan; Patrick, Caroline and Sean Keenan; and Hunter, Griffin and Scarlett Tonn; his great-grandchildren, Hannifin and Elizabeth Arquilla; and his brother, John Keenan.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinsdale.

Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, for a funeral Mass at St. John of the Cross Church, 5005 Wolf Road, Western Springs.

Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made online to the Brooks Strong Foundation at


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