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Karl Steven Keene

November 22, 1955 — January 11, 2024

Moorhead, MN

In Loving Memory of Karl Steven Keene

Karl Keene, a cherished husband, father, and compassionate advocate for social justice, and a cornerstone of the local Fargo Moorhead vegan community, peacefully passed away on January 11th, 2024. He was surrounded by the love of his wife, Kathleen Keene, and son, Seth Keene.

Born on November 22nd, 1955, in Traverse City, MI, to Doris Keene and William Dewar, Karl embraced life's simple pleasures – from cooking and gardening to savoring moments outdoors, especially at the beach, watching all things Star Trek, and enjoying football and baseball, particularly with his friends.

A gentle yet fiercely passionate soul, Karl stood unwavering for social justice, animals, and love. His resilience and dedication to positive change touched the lives of many, extending beyond his family to the community he served selflessly.

Karl's impact was profound, notably in his advocacy for animals and social justice. His journey, marked by dedication and warmth, included volunteering at Standing Rock and overcoming a tragic car accident with unmatched resilience. Karl was also a prime example of seeking and receiving mental health help, showcasing the transformative power of treatment and personal growth.

Karl leaves behind a legacy of compassion and a vision for a more equitable world. His smile reflected the deep love he held for Kathleen and Seth, and all those he loved. His memory will forever inspire those privileged to have known him.

In honoring Karl's wishes, memorial services are planned for the summer, with one at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Fargo, ND; and another in Traverse City, MI. Additionally, a vegan potluck picnic, celebrating Karl's passion for advocacy, is in the plans.

Karl was preceded in death by his mother, Doris, father William, brother Thomas, stepfather Carl Martin, brother-in-law Charlie Burnett, niece Laural Capistran Murphy, as well as extended family and loved ones. He is survived by his loving partner of 27 years, Kathleen, and his son Seth (Emma). He leaves behind his sister Cheryl (Charlie), brother Bill (Susan), sister Candace (Paul), and sister Katherine (Pico), as well as his dear nieces and nephews, cousins, and numerous loved ones.

For those touched by Karl's life and wishing to contribute, donations can be made to support his family during this challenging time.

Rest easy, dear Karl. Your spirit lives on in the hearts you've touched, and your accomplished mission leaves an indelible mark on the world.


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