Kenneth Keuning

 

 

Much loved father, brother, uncle and friend, Kenneth John Keuning was tragically taken from us on Tuesday, Jan. 29,2019.

Ken was born in Hull, Iowa, on July 18, 1936, to parents Reverend John and Nina Keuning.

Ken attended and graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and received his master’s degree in music from California State University at Sacramento.

Ken was a talented musician and composer and will be greatly missed. He was an elementary and middle school teacher in Stockton, Calif., for many years. He was dissatisfied with the music that was available for these students so he composed and published many pieces which have been used in schools all over the United States.

After retiring, he and his late wife, Eleanor, moved to Mariposa where he became a very important part of the music community. He played keyboard, viola, trombone and violin in several groups including The Mariposa Symphony. He was also very active in the music program in the Mariposa Lutheran Church.

Kenneth is survived by sons, Kevin and Stephen; sisters, Audrey Mondeel and Treva De Jong; close companion, Linda Ward; along with many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held in the Mariposa Lutheran Church on Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Mariposa Symphony.

One response to “Kenneth Keuning”

  1. Oliver Seely says:

    Ken Keuning played viola with our local clarinet/string ensemble for the past fifteen years. At each of our sessions we basked in the delight of seeing through the tiny window of genius into the lives and experiences of 18th and 19th century composers, many obscure or long-forgotten, who offered original pieces for our instrument combination. The source material we used came from libraries whose catalogs now appear on the internet. Once, after completing such a piece, Ken asked how long it had been since that piece has been played by anyone, demonstrating the same awe and enchantment we all felt of being able to enjoy rarely-played music originally composed for our instruments. Our musicales took place about twice a month followed by wine time on the deck and jolly, animated conversation among players and guests. When we first came together, there were only three of us on violin, viola and clarinet, so just about everything we played had to be accompanied by computer synthesis. There might have been a whole symphony coming out of the speaker, but the live players in the Pine Ridge Road Studio numbered only three. Ken offered musical entertainment at the Sugar Pine Cafe and the Triangle Road Cafe using the same strategy, so he and I were soulmates of a sort. Still, it was mighty flattering when he asked me if I’d like to join him for evening of musical entertainment at the Triangle Road Cafe. We played about five pieces together, including the “Clarinet Polka” and “Habanera” from “Carmen”. Our waitress got into the act by waltzing around the cafe in her role as Carmen with a rose between her teeth as an exquisite offering of the famous ballet piece from Bizet’s opera, set as it were in a backwoods restaurant near the Golden Chain Highway. It was an evening to remember, certainly by the guests, but particularly by Ken and me. I will miss him terribly.

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