Dr. John McKeown


Dr. John Ronald McKeown, 78, formerly of Ottumwa, died May 31, 2023 at his home in Ankeny, Iowa.

He was born October 26, 1944 in Harlan, Iowa to Ronald Raymond and Dorothy Elizabeth Schmidt McKeown. He married Stella Mackris on October 18, 1975 in Denver, Colorado. She preceded him in death on November 24, 2004.

Dr. McKeown graduated from Harland High School, Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1970. He served two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps which included a one-year tour in Vietnam. He completed his residency at the University of Colorado in Denver and practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ottumwa, IA from 1976 until he retired in 2004.

Dr. McKeown had been an active member at First Presbyterian Church in Ottumwa.

Surviving is his daughter, Erin Heeren of Ankeny; granddaughter, Paige; and grandsons, Caleb and Evan.

His body has been cremated. Graveside services and inurnment will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 30th at Ottumwa Cemetery. A celebration of
his life for the public will follow at the Ottumwa County Club from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine or Indian Hills Community College Foundation.

Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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