Bob Keating, 60, of Wayne, died Thursday, July 19, 2018 at his home in Wayne.
Services will be held Monday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne. The Rev. Jeff Mollner, Fr. James F. McCluskey and Deacons Pat Gross and Gary French will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday, July 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wayne with a vigil service at 6 p.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Wayne Community Activity Center.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Robert James “Bob” Keating was born Aug. 9, 1957 in Bedford, England to James and Anne (Ternent) Keating. His family moved to Wayne when he was three years old. Bob graduated from Wayne High School in 1975 and then attended Platte Community College, where he played basketball. After graduating from Wayne State College, he moved to Oakland to work at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Insurance Sales, and then moved to Wayne and worked at Northeast Nebraska Insurance in Sales for 35 years to the present time. Bob married Tracy Cadwallader on May 6, 1995 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne. He was very devoted to helping his insurance clients. His hobbies included: golf, working out at the Wayne Activity Center, trips to Mexico, and playing old men’s basketball. Bob enjoyed going to the Railyard to cheer on the Huskers and organizing the class of 1975 reunions. As many people in the office would know, he was the “Prankster” and trivia king. His most cherished time was spent with his family and friends and his Catholic faith and family were important to him.
Over the years, Bob volunteered in several Wayne Community organizations as a Wayne Ambassador, Fr. Kearnes Council Knights of Columbus, charter member St. Mary’s Winter/ Spring Fest Committee, two term president of the Wayne Jaycees, charter member of Wayne Optimist, City of Wayne Recreation and Leisure Board serving as president for several years, Wayne Eagles Club #3757, Wayne Blue Devil Booster Club Board, Wayne Country Club Board, Board Chair Person for the Wayne Activity Center Building Committee and Fundraising, and an original member of Fryer Pat’s fish frying crew. Coaching baseball and basketball for his son and daughter’s Wayne Blue Devils teams was the love of his life.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy Keating of Wayne; their children, Zach Keating of Wayne and Morgan Keating of Wayne; brother, John (Janet) Keating of Tempe, Ariz.; sisters, Tracy (Jeff) Wollenburg of Gretna, Laura (Randy) Gamble of Wayne, Leslie Schulz (friend, Kyle Simmons) of Wayne; step-mother and lifelong family friend, Loretta “Tootie” Keating of Wayne; step-brother, Monte (Ranae) Lowe of Kansas City, Mo.; uncle, Tom (Kris) Fattor of Broomfield, Co.; mother-in-law, Marge Cadwallader of Pender; in-laws, Barb (Alan) Gilster of Emerson, Sharon Cadwallader of Pender, Dan (Pam) Cadwallader of Montrose, Colo., Cathy (Curt) Von Seggern of Pender, Julie (Kevin) Christiansen of Pender, Debbie (Chris) Samuels of Bancroft, Karen (Les) Roeber of Emerson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Anne Keating; grandparents, Raymond and Winifred Keating and Robert and Katherine Ternent; aunt, Kathy Fattor; father-in-law, William Cadwallader; step-brother, Mark Lowe; brothers-in-law, Matt Cadwallader, Jim Cadwallader, and Joe Cadwallader; and sister-in-law, Judy Cadwallader.
Honorary pallbearers will be Carter “Cap” Peterson, Robert Berry, Brett Kramer, David Woslager, Dick Berry, Diane Vovos, Amanda Allemann and Jill Mrsny.
Active pallbearers will be Randy Dunklau, Carl Jenness, Randy Pinkelman, Pat Garvin, Joel Ankeny, Jeff Backstrom, Monte Lowe, Gordon Emry, Rick Mitchell, Mark Greenwald and Steve Tunnik.