Norma L. McKeehan, 100, of Kearney, passed away May 3, in Kearney at the Nebraska Veteran’s Home. 

She was born Aug. 25, 1921 to Harry A. and Lola Mae (Nelson) Beck, in Finlayson, Minn.  

She joined the United States Marine Corp in 1943.  Norma was squad commander of civil air patrol (Aux of USAF) in the late 60’s into the 80’s.  During her command, North Platte received multiple awards, such as unit citation life save’s as well as countless more.  After being discharged from the Marine’s as a corporal, Norma graduated from the University of Omaha with her BA teaching degree and continued her education at Kearney State for her master’s degree.  She taught in Omaha and Kearney for grades 4 through 6.  Norma finished her teaching career in North Platte, teaching 6th grade at Washington Elementary and retired in 1985.  She will be missed by all.

Norma is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Lola Beck; husband, Russel “Mac” Sr.; brother, Irvin Beck; sister, Hazel (Beck) Morris; and nephew, Craig Morris.

She is survived by her son, Russel McKeehan II and spouse Patina “Tina” (Main); grandsons, Russel McKeehan III and spouse Trish (Turek), Sean McKeehan; great grandchildren, Haylee McKeehan, Makayla McKeehan, Jackson McKeehan, Hudson McKeehan, Hadley McKeehan; niece, Kathy (Morris) Westman and spouse Jim; as well as many other nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Reverend Ryan Alexander officiating.  Burial will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with full military honors.  Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.

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