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James E. "Jim" Keegan

James E. "Jim" Keegan, age 89, of Faith, died Sunday, December 17, 2006, in Dupree, SD.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, at the Pioneer Hall in Dupree, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Interment will be in the Dupree Cemetery.

James E. Keegan was born August 31, 1917, at Philip, SD, the son of James and Ethel (Royer) Keegan. He left home at a young age to work for various ranchers in the Howes area, including Irwin and Dick Richardson.

James was united in marriage to Anna Albers on September 26, 1940, and to this union were born three children: Jimmy, Judy and Sandra.

Jim and Anna ranched on the Blue Eyes place and the Marion Smith ranch south of Lantry. Jim was involved with starting rodeos in Dupree in the 1950s along with people such as Lawrence Woodward, Lawrence Maynard, Ed Maynard, Pete Gammon, Voyle Samuelson, and others who built a rodeo grounds west of Dupree.

In 1965, Jim and Anna purchased the Cherry Creek General Store, which was later sold to Pete Longbrake. He then ranched for several years in the Howes area. Later he retired to Faith, SD, where he continued to ride horseback, checking cows and fence lines for his daughter, Judy, and son-in-law, the late Bill Longbrake. Due to health problems in his early 80s, he was forced to give up his "cowboy way of life."

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Longbrake of Howes and Sandra Moritz and her husband, Danny, of Stanwood, WA; nine grandsons, Laverne (Carla) Keegan of Belle Fourche, Bruce (Deanne) Keegan of Dupree, Jamie (Stephanie) Keegan of Denver, CO, Kevin (Kelly Jean) Keegan of Belle Fourche, Kelly (Jody) Keegan of Black Hawk, Eddy Longbrake of Eagle Butte, Mike (Dianna) Longbrake of Howes, Raymond (Jackie) Longbrake of Eagle Butte, Darwin Moritz of Stanwood, WA; three granddaughters, Jacqueline Longbrake of Howes, Sirra and Stephanie Moritz of Stanwood, WA; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a step-daughter, Marta Keegan; a special friend, Irene Starr of Dupree; and many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by one son, Jimmy Keegan; his parents; three sisters, Genevieve Bachman, Valera Maynard, and Eva Udager; a son-in-law, Bill Longbrake; and one great-great-grandson, Farrell Eagle Chasing.

A memorial is established. Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com