Ralph Edward McKeown

Born: 22 Feb 1905 in Mediapolis, Iowa
Died: 5 Dec 1983 in Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa
Buried: in Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa

Father: James Alexander McKeown
Mother: Eva Laura Bandy

Married: 5 August 1931 in Monmouth, Illinois

Mildred Marie Linder

Born: 5 October 1910
Died: 13 January 1999 in Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa

Father: Oscar John Linder
Mother: Clara Debora Ross

F Child 5: Lois McKeown
Born: 4 Nov 1952 in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa
Died: 29 April 1997 in Morning Sun, Iowa

Chester Ralph and George"George" (unknown to us), and cousins Ralph McKeown and Chester McKeown.
Photos courtesy of Terri Polick.
Mildred and Ralph
Mildred and Ralph on the left, Elsie (McKeown) Casten on the right with unknown man and boy.

Burlington Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, 9 August 1931, page 13. Linder-M'Keown wedding held Morning Sun Residents united in marriage at Monmouth, Ill. Morning Sun, la., Aug. 8.-Miss Mildred LInder and Ralph E. McKeown were united in marriage at Monmouth, Ill., Wednesday. Rev. Mr. Fulcher, pastor of the Presbyterian church of that place officiating. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Linder of this place. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Linder of the Marsh vicinity where she grew to young womanhood. The bridegroom is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James McKeown and for a number of years his home has been on a farm northwest of Morning Sun. He was graduated from the local high school with the class of 1923 and is an industrious young farmer. Each have many friends throughout this and the Marsh vicinity. They will make their home on a farm one and one-half miles northwest of Morning Sun.
Burlington Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, 26 July 1981, page 11.

McKeown Anniversary
Morning Sun, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Aug. 2, 2-5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Morning Sun. Friends and relatives are invited. The couple request no gifts. Mildred Linder and Ralph McKeown were married Aug. 5, 1931, at Monmouth, III. The couple have five children: Helen Yaeger and Frances Martin, both of Burlington; Everett, Terre Haute, Ind.; Marilyn Carhoff, Sperry; and Lois Parkhurst, Morning Sun. They also have ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Ralph E. McKeown
Ralph E. McKeown. MORNING SUN - Ralph E. McKeown, 77, died Monday, Dec. 5, at University Hospitals, Iowa City, after a long illness. He was born Feb. 22, 1906, northwest of Morning Sun, to James and Eva Bandy McKeown. He married Mildred Linder on Aug. 5, 1931, at Monmouth, Ill.; they made their home in the Morning Sun community. He was a retired carpenter, having been associated with Schrock Lumber Company, Mediapolis. He attended the United Methodist Church. Surviving: Wife; four daughters, Mrs. Ed Yaeger and Mrs. Tom (Frances) Martin, both of Burlington, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Carhoff, Sperry, and Mrs. Terry (Lois) Parkhurst, Morning Sun; son, Everett McKeown, Terre Haute, Ind.; 11 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, United Methodist church, Morning Sun, the Rev. Fred Harris; Elmwood cemetery. A memorial has been established at the Pierce funeral home, Morning Sun.

Burlington Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, 6 December 1983, page 16. McKeown. Funeral services for Mr. Ralph E. McKeown, who died Dec. 5, 1983,will be conducted by the Rev. Fred Harris Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Morning Sun. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. A
memorial has been established. The family will meet with friends at the Pierce Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pierce Funeral Home Morning Sun.