In Memory of Patrick John Kee

Patrick John Kee
Patrick John Kee
Born: August 4, 1948
Died: June 24, 2019
Age: 70
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Patrick John Kee
August 4, 1948 - June 24, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

Patrick “Pat” John Kee, age 70, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Morningside Care Center of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2019, at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  
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Patrick John Kee was born in Mapleton, Iowa, on August 4, 1948, to Ardell “Toot” and Mary (Koenigs) Kee. Pat graduated from Mapleton Community High School with the class of 1966. He went on to further his education at Midwestern College where he received his BA in Art Education. Pat went back to school and received his Masters in Specialized Studies from the University of South Dakota. Pat raised two daughters, Brooke and Alexis.

Pat was the elementary and middle school art teacher in Ida Grove, Iowa for many years. He loved teaching and maintained relationships with many of his students as they traveled into adulthood. In his spare time, Pat enjoyed photography, creating a variety of art forms, playing guitar, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. You could always count on him for a good joke or mischievous activity. Pat called Morningside Care Center his home for the last 19 years. He enjoyed having friends visit and the relationships he formed with his caregivers. He was proud to be able to donate many gallons of blood later in his life. His cat, Aries, was always by his side and provided constant companionship to him.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents Ardell “Toot” and Mary Kee; his sister Ilona Stark; and his youngest child, Danielle Kee.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Brooke and husband David Mehaffey of Muscatine, IA and Alexis Kee of Des Plaines, IL; four grandchildren: Mac & Luke Mehaffey and Augustus & Ulysses Freitag; His cat Aries; plus many lifetime friends and relatives. 



2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 9:11 AM
“Pat was a memorable student. Not only for his talent, which was deep, but also for his kindness and his wisdom. I was his teacher but I think I learned more from him about understanding and encouraging young students. We will miss him.”
- Murray Kalis
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 8:02 AM
“Bless you,Pat. You have endured and made your space in this world brighter. You made my first years as a teacher in IG better. I still remember my first conference with you as Brooke’s dad. You gave me a perspective of early art abilities I still remember and use. Rest In Peace now. Jean”
- Jean Conover
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 8:04 PM
“Dear Brooke and family, My condolences for your loss. I have such fond memories of staying with you and your family when we were young. Your parents were such kind and creative people.”
- Melinda (Weber) Ruperto
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12:36 PM
I'm so sorry for your unexpected loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sister. ”
- Leslie Schaffer
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12:36 PM
“Dear Brooke, Alexis & families.
Your Dad has certainly earned his wings. I provided Home Health services after his aneurysm & it's devastating effects did not deter his determination to regain abilities. Despite the overwhelming challenges he maintained his pleasant demeanor, positive attitude & sense of humor. He worked very hard & adjusted & adapted to each new circumstance, like no one I had ever seen! I shall remember him for his many artistic talents, his kind & caring nature , his perseverance & his expressive smile. Extending sympathy to you all, Judy”
- Judy Andrnesen
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12:36 PM
“Pat's Family, So sorry to hear about Pat's passing. I had art class with him as the instructor in middle school in early '70s and the influence of him opening creative doors to us has stayed with us ever since. Even if only for that year, he was more mentor than teacher and he will always be remembered. Our prayers go out to you.”
- Mike Palm
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12:36 PM
“He built a darkroom in the Middle School Art room ‘dungeon’. We’ve seen what he developed! Great teachers so that. The world is more beautiful because of Pat Kee.”
- Jim Elias
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 4:20 PM
“While his time with all of us much too short, his memory lives on. His gentle way and creative spirit touched many .
Peace and love, Annie Sinnott ”
- annie sinnott
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“Family of Mr. Kee. I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Kee was one of my favorite teachers! I have many great memories! ”
- Jason Wood
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“Mr. Kee was an exceptional art teacher. He taught everyone in our family and I attribute much of our creativity to his style of teaching and his way of encouraging kids. He will be missed. We are praying for you all as you grieve.”
- Luann Segerstrom Nakazawa
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11:53 AM
“I am so saddened by your loss. I remember Pat fondly!”
- Nancy Varner McPeters
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 9:01 AM
“Brooke and Alex, my heart hurts for you both. Your dad was a great guy and everybody who knew him loved him. He will be missed.”
- Laurie and Jon Richter
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 9:01 AM
“Kee Family ~ Stephen and I are saddened to hear of Mr. Kee's passing. We both have many fond memories of art classes with him and seeing him drive his vehicle (The Thing if I remember correctly) around. May you find peace and comfort in the upcoming days.”
- julie campbell
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 9:01 AM
“My deepest sympathies to you girls. Sending love and prayers to you and your families.
- Beverly Peters
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