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BELLINGHAM, Wash -  James Thomas KEOUGH, 96, died Wednesday (Oct 25, 2000) at his home.

Born May 6, 1904 in Limestone, N.Y. he was a son of James P. and Mary FALL KEOUGH.  On July 25, 1925, he married Hellen "Ella" LYONS, who died in 1978; they were married 53 years.

On Feb. 14, 1981, he married Esther DONNELLAN, who died in 1992; They were married for 11 years.
Mr. Keough worked for Socony Vacuum in Olean, N.Y., then transferred to Monil Oil in Ferndale WA, in 1954, as superintendent of operations.   In 1966 he retired after 40 years.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a life time member of the Catholic Church, most recently as a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale.

Mr. KEOUGH was an avid bowler, fisherman and Irishman through and through. 

Surviving are two daughters, Eileen (Bob) SHAW of Michigan and Madelyn (Wayne) WASLOHN of Ferndale; a son, Jim KEOUGH of Nevada; four stepchildren, Jon DONNELLAN of Connecticut, Noreen SPINK of New York, Nancy BEECHLER of Arizona, David DONNELLAN of Seattle, and C. James DONNELLAN of Minnesota; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and his beloved dog,  Smokey.

In addition to his wives, Mr. KEOUGH was predeceased by two daughters, Beatrice KEOUGH and MaryAnne KEOUGH; and to sons, James Thomas KEOUGH and James Patrick KEOUGH.

A Vigil Service was held Friday in Moles Funeral Home Chapel in Frendale.

A funereral Mass wil be held today (Oct 28, 2000) at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joachim Catholic Church in Bellingham.  The Rev Thimothy Sauer will officiate.  Committal services will be held Monday (Oct 30, 2000) at 11 a.m. in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ferndale.