Kevin Keenaghan

Nov. 18, 1949-Feb. 27, 2018

Kevin Keenaghan, age

68, of Brookings, SD

passed away at home on

Tuesday, February 27,

2018, surrounded by his

family. Visitations will be

from 4-7 P.M. Friday,

March 2, 2018, at Bethel

Baptist Church in Brook-

ings. Memorial services

will be 1:00 P.M. Satur-

day, March 3, 2018, at

GracePoint Wesleyan

Church in Brookings.

Eidsness Funeral Home is

handling the arrange-


Kevin was born on No-

vember 18, 1949 in Jamai-

ca, New York to Kevin D.

and Jean Keenaghan. He

graduated from Freeport

Highschool in Freeport,

NY in 1967 and from Lea

College in Albert Lea,

Minnesota in 1971. Kevin

started his teaching career

in McClusky, ND. While

teaching and coaching in

McClusky he met Susan

Tinjum. They were mar-

ried in Powers Lake, ND

on September 1, 1973.

They moved to Stanley,

ND where he became Ele-

mentary Principal. He re-

ceived his Masters Degree

from Bemidji State

University in 1978. His

first Superintendent job

was in Berthold, ND. He

later became Superinten-

dent in Northwood, ND

and Watford City, ND be-

fore moving to South

Dakota to finish his edu-

cation career at the Deu-

brook Area School District

as Superintendent. He re-

tired June 30, 2017 after

46 years in education.

Kevin left a lasting im-

pression on many stu-

dents, parents and com-

munities in his education-

al career as teacher,

coach, elementary princi-

pal and superintendent.

Although his main job

was behind a big desk, his

favorite place was in the

halls or lunch room with

the students or sweeping

the gym floor in between

games. His motto always

was “What’s Best for


Kevin enjoyed playing

golf, fishing, and doing

anything with his

grandchildren. His favor-

ite thing was being in his

boat at a lake. He served

on any committee that

needed help especially if

it benefited school and

students. Kevin was ac-

tive at all of the churches

he attended in the six

communities that he

lived. He was baptized

and became a member of

Bethel Baptist in Brook-

ings, SD. He loved mow-

ing the lawn at Bethel!

Kevin is survived by:

his wife Susie of 44 years;

daughters Kara Cunning-

ham, Brookings; Erica

(Ezra) King, West Hemp-

stead, NY, Bryna

Keenaghan, NY, NY;

Grandchildren McKenzie

and Jackson Cunningham,

Ezra and Elija King; broth-

er Patrick (Alice)

Keenaghan, sister Ann

(Nelson) Dunham;

brothers-in-law Larry (Jill)

Tinjum, Dale (Pat) Tin-

jum, sisters-in-law Linda

Tinjum, Judy Sauter and

many nieces and


Kevin was preceded in

death by: his parents

Kevin and Jean

Keenaghan, his

father-in-law and

mother-in-law Ervin and

Lois Tinjum and

brother-in-law Glen