Shawn McKeough Jr. wanted to see the world, but, no matter where he traveled, his “favorite place” was where his family and friends were, his loved ones say.
The 23-year-old Senior Airman from Westbrook, Maine, was killed March 15 trying to stop an armed robbery at a convenience store in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Funeral services for McKeough are planned for Saturday in Westbrook, according to his obituary.
“Shawn had a bright promising future, his family and friends so looked forward to sharing in that with him,” his loved ones wrote in his obituary. “Many are devastated that Shawn lost his life to such a senseless act of violence but no one should be surprised that he was defending those he loved and even complete strangers. That is who Shawn was: brave, honorable and courageous. His family is proud he stayed true to who he was.”
Read the full obituary for McKeough, shared by Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, below:
Westbrook – Shawn Arnold McKeough Jr. (Buggy), a Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force, beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 15, 2019. Shawn was born to Lisa Hebert & Shawn McKeough Sr. in Portland, Maine on April 12, 1995. He was a 2014 Graduate of Westbrook High School and a proud member of the U.S. Air Force.
As a little boy Shawn quickly learned he could drive his mum and dad crazy, skating around the house with his Mickey Mouse roller skates yelling “go-go”! He spent his days like most young boys, playing outside and particularly enjoyed being on the lake and tubing. He was an athlete who enjoyed his time in Little League, Tuffy Football and he grew to love hockey. Shawn played ice hockey in middle and high school; really enjoying his time with friends and teammates. And as he grew, Shawn developed an incredible sense of humor and quick wit. Wherever he was, people were laughing! He spent many summer days at the family camp in Dobsie and camping on Sebago Lake. Always with a camp soda in hand.
After enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, he graduated Basic Military Training in San Antonio, Texas and Air Transportation Apprentice School at Fort Lee Virginia, before being stationed in Germany, Kuwait, South Korea and, finally, Little Rock, Arkansas. Shawn wanted to see the world and had already traveled to France, Switzerland, Dubai and Thailand on vacations with his long-time girlfriend, Sarah Terrano, but his favorite place was anywhere with his parents, brothers and his friends.
Shawn cherished his relationships with his friends making every effort to come home to Westbrook and visit, often as a surprise. This past spring he was home to attend Kaleb Kent’s college graduation, his lifelong best friend. Together with many close friends, they all celebrated their accomplishments with great anticipation of what was next to come.
After several years overseas, Shawn was recently assigned to the Little Rock Air Force Base. He was looking forward to settling down in Arkansas and starting a new life with Sarah and their new puppies, Luna & Nova. They were due to close on a new home at the end of March.
Shawn had a bright promising future, his family and friends so looked forward to sharing in that with him. Many are devastated that Shawn lost his life to such a senseless act of violence but no one should be surprised that he was defending those he loved and even complete strangers. That is who Shawn was: brave, honorable and courageous. His family is proud he stayed true to who he was.
Shawn is survived by his parents, Lisa and Tom Hebert and Shawn and Natalie McKeough Sr., brothers, Kyle and Devin, grandparents, Ken & Donna Neptune, Kathy Hebert, Lou Sawyer, John & Blanche Klisiewicz, Duncan & Sarah McKeough, Lynn Canning, great grandparents, Harold Tucker Sr. & Carole Gillespie, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Shawn’s online guestbook at www.jonesrichandbarnes.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.travismillsfoundation.org.
Friends and family are invited to attend a time of visitation on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10am to 11am at St. Anthony’s Parish, 268 Brown St., Westbrook, ME, 04092. Words of remembrance will immediately follow at 11am at St. Anthony’s Parish. A committal will immediately follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, 380 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, ME, 04092. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Maine, 04103. 775-3763.