Danny Dale McKeand, 75, of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born Nov. 30, 1945, in Madison, to Ernest Van McKeand Sr. and Pearl M. Sparks McKeand. He was raised in Hanover, Indiana, and attended Hanover High School, later receiving his GED. He was inducted into the US Army on Feb. 28, 1966, in Madison and rose to the rate of Private serving in the 581st Engineers Company at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, during the Vietnam Era. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 26, 1966, at Fort Belvoir, and was transferred to the Reserves and discharged from there on Jan. 10, 1972. He married Brenda McKeand and they adopted two daughters. He had worked at various businesses in Madison including Ace Hardware, in car sales and other areas. He married Noreen Lydia Maziarz on March 30, 1985, in Hanover, and they had a daughter. He worked for 40 years at the Madison State Hospital and was credited for 44 years as an attendant and attendant supervisor before ending his career as a transitional care specialist. He was AFSCME Union President for a number of years, helping to negotiate employee contracts with the State of Indiana and resolve employee conflicts. He had also owned and operated Kelsey’s Collectibles, Antiques and More in Madison from 2004 to 2006. He was a member of the North Madison Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, treating mentally ill patients and buying, selling and trading items.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Noreen Lydia Maziarz McKeand, of Madison; two daughters, Kelsey Bradbury of Madison and Cheryl Liston of Greensburg, Indiana; and five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Teresa McKeand Campbell, in 1998; his sisters, Cora Ann Wiley, in 2002 and Bonnie Stockdale, in 2020; his brother, Ernest Van McKeand Jr., in 1990; and a niece and a nephew.
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at the North Madison Baptist Church in Madison. Visitation is 6 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.
A final salute will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the church with full military honors to follow by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison State Hospital-Christmas Fund. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover. Online condolences, remembrances and memorials, www.morgan-nay.com.