Thomas James Keaveny, age 85, passed away at Cokato Manor May 30, 2020.
A private mass and burial will be held due to COVID-19 restrictions. In lieu of flowers or donations, please give to the Alzheimer’s Association, charity of your choice, or pay a kindness forward in his honor.
Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Cokato and Howard Lake is serving the family.
Tom was born in Minneapolis April 11, 1935, to James and Madeleine Keaveny. He graduated from DeLaSalle High School.
He attended the University of Minnesota before entering the Army in 1954, for basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO then transferring to the 9th infantry Division in Zwieback, Germany as a survey instrument operator in Battery A of the 26th Field Artillery Battalion.
He was released from the service Sept. 10, 1956, and entered pharmacy school at North Dakota State University, graduating in 1959.
Tom married Darby Driscoll in July of 1959. They were married for 61 years. They had four children; Kim Keaveny, Kelly (Deborah) Keaveny, Kari (Bradley) Skatter, and Kristen (Timothy) Servin; and five grandchildren, Danielle (Adam) Ruhland, Mitchell Skatter, Mackenzie Skatter, Killian Keaveny, Delaney Keaveny; and a great-granddaughter, Addison Ruhland.
Tom began his career with his father at the drug store on 48th and Grand Ave in Minneapolis, before buying the business in 1963, upon his father’s death. He continued at this location until 1974, moving to Cokato and purchasing Peterson Pharmacy. He later moved the store to Cokato Mall, where it is now, in his son Kelly’s able hands, maintaining a legacy of family tradition.
Tom was active in Cokato for many years. He served on the Cokato Development Corporation, Cokato City Council, Corn Carnival, and City Planning and Zoning. He was active in Boy Scouts, Rotary, American Legion, and Wright County Human Services.
Tom enjoyed life and his family. He was quick with a laugh and loved a good story. He loved a good joke and was known to be quite the prankster, since no one suspected him. He was there for anyone who needed a helping hand and could never say no to anyone. He will be remembered for his quick wit, great laugh and his kindness.
He enjoyed camping (Nemadji trips were memorable,) snowmobiling, skiing, boating, wave runners, the official mixer of the punch at the bingo stand, coffee with the boys, and the Dairy Queen. His “happy place” was the cabin on Lake Francis where his most precious possessions still laugh and play.
He will be missed by his family and friends.