Valery "Val" C. Keaveny, Sr.

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Valery "Val" C. Keaveny, Sr.

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Valery (Val) C. Keaveny, Sr. was born in Sulphur Springs, Missouri on August 9th, 1936 to
Valery Charles and Lillian Mary Keaveny (later Evans). Val was a devoted Christian, loving husband and father, and a retired United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer Three (CWO3). He passed away at the age of 86 on May 29th, 2023 in Great Falls, Montana.

CWO3(Retired) Val Keaveny Sr enlisted as a Machinist Mate in the United States Navy in 1954 and immediately excelled, earning admission to the Submarine Service and rapid promotions up to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Continuing to excel, he was selected for promotion to Chief Warrant Officer. He was a plank holder on nuclear powered submarines (USS James Madison) and participated in numerous patrols on diesel fast attack submarines, nuclear powered fast attack submarines, and nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines. Notably, he served on the USS Skate (SSN-578), the third nuclear submarine, the first to make a trans-Atlantic crossing while submerged, and the first submarine to surface at the North Pole. In addition to sea duty, he served on submarine tenders and shore duty assignments in Guam, Virginia, and Scotland. After retiring from the Navy in 1975, he continued service at Submarine Base Bangor and eventually retired from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a Nuclear Engineering Inspector.

While serving in the Navy, he met Margaret (Marge), his wife of 60 years. They married in March of 1963, lived in multiple locations around the globe, and were the devoted parents of Val Jr, a retired US Army Colonel and Peggy, a Physical Therapist.

Val was committed to service, serving as a Sunday School teacher on many occasions, leading the church choir in Scotland, leading a Cub Scout Pack, 4-H group, coaching soccer, and leading his church’s AWANA youth ministry program. He was also an active member of the Submarine Vets and Montana Submarine Vets Associations. Even well into retirement, he continued to dedicate his time and talent, working as a school bus driver, serving meals at the Great Falls Rescue Mission, running a monthly Men’s Breakfast at his church, volunteering for Race Montana, and walking his favorite pups.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Valery Charles Keaveny and Lillian Evans and his brothers, Charles Armin Keaveny, James Keaveny, and Noel Evans.

Val is survived by his wife, Marge of Great Falls; two children and their families, Val Jr and Kimberly of Lithia, Florida and Peggy and Ron Ray of Great Falls; his 4 grandchildren and their families, Ashley and JD Umbaugh, Jaycen and Maranda Cole, Joshua Keaveny, and Ainsley Keaveny; 6 great grandchildren, Paige, Vivian, Brylee, Wyatt, Broc, and Thorsten; his brother, Neil Evans; and a multitude of friends.

A service with full military honors will take place in the future at his wife’s family cemetery in Surry County Virginia.

Friends and family are welcome to leave thoughts and memories in the guest book on the Schnider Funeral Home web page at

Memorial donations in honor of Valery C Keaveny Sr. can be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project at:
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