Alvin Paul Keuning, 72, of Monroe, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church. Burial will follow at Gifford Cemetery, east of Monroe. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the church. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church or the Monroe Fire and Rescue. Condolences may be left for the family at coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The son of Ray and Anna (Decker) Keuning, Alvin was born May 18, 1946, in Newton. He grew up on a farm west of Monroe. A life-long member of the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church, he was married to Lana Beyer there Nov. 26, 1965 and served as both deacon and elder for multiple terms. An active member of the community, Alvin served in many roles over the years, including Fairview Township Trustee, Jasper County Fair dairy superintendent, Mid-America Dairymen Board member, and Two Rivers Co-op board member. In addition, he served two separate terms on the local school board, was an active Kiwanis member and hosted countless school children for a trip to the farm. As longtime Fairview Township Trustee Treasurer, his deep sense of commitment to the community was seen when it was time to purchase a new ambulance or fire truck to meet the needs of the community. He was honored at the 2018 Old Settlers Reunion as the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Lana; four children, Leslie (Greg) Duinink, Lisa (Roger) Conlan, Jennifer Keuning and Judd (Kris) Keuning; four grandchildren, John Conlan, Henry Conlan, Meredith Conlan and RaeAnn Duinink; and two brothers, Tom (Paula) Keuning and Keith (Cheryl) Keuning and their children. Preceding Alvin in death were his parents.