Donald “Jim” O’Keefe

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It is with great sadness that the family of Donald “Jim” O’Keefe announce his passing on September 30, 2020. Jim passed away in his sleep at the age of 70 due to complications with cancer.

Jim was born on September 28, 1950, in Milwaukee, WI, to Andrew and Genevieve O’Keefe. He graduated from Menomonee Falls High School in Menomonee Falls, WI, in 1968. He had a distinguished career and retired from the United States Air Force after 25 years, and proudly served our country in the Vietnam Conflict and Desert Storm. He followed up his retirement with a second career as a civil servant for the United States Armed Services, working as a contractor, air traffic controller, and finally as a manager of the commissary. He finally retired for the second time in 2012 and enjoyed his retirement, traveling with Dang in their RV and visiting their children and grandchildren. Jim was a kind, generous, and loyal husband, dad, grandpa, son, brother, uncle, and friend, whose memory will be cherished.

He was recently preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Parpasri “Dang” O’Keefe. As in life and now death, they are forever together.

He will be lovingly remembered by his three children, Judy Pattumma, Denise (Karl) O’Keefe, and Renex (Kate) O’Keefe; his seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Graveside services with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2020, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


5 Comments on Donald “Jim” O’Keefe

Marcia Schultz said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2020 at 6:35 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I remember the entire O'Keefe family when they lived behind us on Appleton Avenue. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  • Eden
  • Wisconsin
MFHS Class of 1968 said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2020 at 3:12 PM

Jim was a member of the MFHS Class of 1968. We were unable to locate him for our 50th reunion but somehow he found us on our class FB page and has been reunited with lots of classmates. Please know we just found our of his passing and we are saddened to learn this sad news. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest Gently Jim and thanks you for your service.

  • Menomonee Falls
  • WI
Joni Bastian said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2020 at 3:52 PM

Krysti and Shawn, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lebanon
  • IL
Allen Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2020 at 1:21 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Shannon Benavidez said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2020 at 8:40 PM

Judy, sending all my love and prayers to you and your family. May you find comfort knowing that Mom and dad are together in Eternal Paradise now.

  • Miami Beach
  • Florida

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