Published in The Washington Post on Jun. 10, 2020.
MARTIN O'KEEFE1932 - 2020
MARTIN P. O'KEEFE CDR, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Died on June 6,
2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Ann; brother
Thomas and his wife, Doris; children Mary O'Keefe, Bridget
(Kevin) Walsh, Catherine O'Keefe, James (Amy) O'Keefe,
Sarah (Gary) Stoddard, Daniel O'Keefe, and 15 grandchildren.
Martin was born on December 25, 1932, in Washington, DC, to Charles and Marguerite
O'Keefe. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1950 and Georgetown
University in 1954. After graduation, he attended Naval OCS in Pensacola, Fla. He was
subsequently commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1956 and graduated from
Naval Flight School in 1957.
He served our country as a Naval Aviator and Officer until his retirement in 1980. He flew
the FJ-4B Fury, S-2 Tracker, P2-V7 Neptune, and C-1A, serving aboard USS Tarawa
(CVS-40), USS Lexington (CVS-16), USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39), USS Randolph
(CVS-15), and USS Essex (CV-9). He was a plankowner of USS John F. Kennedy
Marty met Marilyn when he was stationed at Glynco NAS in Brunswick, GA. They were
married on April 24, 1965, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis, MD. After being
stationed in Suffolk, VA, North Kingstown, RI, and Virginia Beach, VA, the O'Keefes
settled in Springfield, VA, in 1974. They remained there until 2005, when they relocated to
Cincinnati. Even after 55 years of marriage, Marty always introduced Marilyn as his "bride."
Marty was an exceptional son, husband, father, and Poppy. He enjoyed reading, opera
(played loudly), and Notre Dame Football. A man of tremendous faith, he loved the
Catholic Church and was so pleased to spend his final months at St. Margaret Hall
Catholic Nursing Home. Poppy swelled with pride when talking about his beautiful
grandchildren, Caroline, Maggie, Kate, Matt, Alison, Melina, Erika, Molly, Audrey, Ronan,
Finn, Dempsey, Owen, Declan, and Evangeline. Each grandchild received unbounded
love and attention.
A gracious host, he always made sure all around him had a plate of food and a drink in
their hand. He was a beef and potatoes man and enjoyed cold Budweiser in a frosted
glass. Marty also made the best pancakes. His big Irish smile greeted everyone he met.
He was described by all as happy, devout, gentle, curious, engaged and loving. His
children and grandchildren loved and admired him beyond belief.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral
Home, 129 N Riverside Ave., Loveland, Ohio.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at St. Columban
Catholic Church, 894 Oakland Rd., Loveland.
He will receive a full military burial befitting his rank and service at a future date at Arlington
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de
Paul by visiting www.svdpcincinnati.org/In
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
by visiting www.svdpcincinnati.org/