Edmund Miles Keefe, Jr.

Edmund Miles Keefe, Jr.

July 08, 1939 - July 22, 2009

Edmund Miles Keefe, Jr.

July 08, 1939 - July 22, 2009


Lt. Col. Edmund Miles Keefe, Jr., U.S.M.C.

Miles was born in Nashua, New Hampshire to Helen Pierce Keefe and Edmund Miles Keefe.

Graduating from Bowdoin College, Maine in 1960, Miles was a second Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps. He saw duty in many places, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Vietnam. He won a Bronze Star with combat V and a Purple Heart.

Miles retired from the Marine Corps in 1980 and began his career at Hughes Aircraft Co. now Raytheon. He was sent to Siberia USSR several times as an inspector for our nuclear treaty team. After winning a battle with prostate cancer, he retired from Raytheon and indulged his love of airplanes in his son’s Cessna. Miles enjoyed music he had a great voice, hiking and mountain climbing U.S., Mexico, Argentina.

He met his wife, Suzanne Sabatelli Keefe, in Okinawa in 1961 and they were married for forty-six years.

He is survived by his 101-year-old father, Edmund M. Keefe; his brother, Timothy Keefe of Florida; his wife, Suzanne; daughter, Lt. Col. Kristan Hericks, U.S. Army Steve; sons Maj. E. M. Keefe III and wife Tracey Commander U.S. Navy and Adam Keefe and wife Kristin. Miles and Suzanne have nine grandchildren, Christian, Kara, and Ian Hericks, Caitlin, Michaela, James and Kerry Keefe, and Thomas and Daniel Keefe.

He is predeceased by his daughter, Pierce Ann and his brother, Christopher.

Funeral Mass will be Friday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Irvine. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, www.nmcrs.org, 875 N. Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203.

Miles was a wonderful man and left a legacy of love and loyalty to his family. We miss him terribly.

O’Connor Mortuary, 949 581-4300

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5 responses to Edmund Miles Keefe, Jr.

  1. Art Riordan says:

    I offer my condolences to the family of Capt. Keefe USMC. Miles was an outstanding Captain of Marines who will be guarding Heavens Gates. Semper Fi, Miles
    Art Riordan 3bn 27th Marines

  2. Doug Davis says:

    To my Keefe family, my thoughts and prayers are with you! Mr. Keefe was a huge influence in my life and will never be forgotten. Love you all! Doug

  3. My condolences to the family. I worked with Miles back in 1996. He was an exceptional person. Miles will be missed.

  4. Miles was my classmate at Nashua High School Class of 1956 and though our paths diverged, I will always remember him as a fine fellow.

  5. Miles was our classmate and friend. We so enjoyed visiting with him at our 50th reunion. It was great to see him ! Our thoughts are with you..

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