Edward Louis Keiner, 86, a gentleman of few words, abundant talents, and remarkable perseverance, departed this world on January 15, 2018 in Santa Rosa, California. His dry humor, clever spatial sense and zest for the good life will be fondly remembered by many.
Born and raised in Maywood, Illinois, an early career in the Air Force Intelligence Service progressively brought Ed further west, with stations in Lackland, Texas, Travis in Fairfield and Tachikawa, Japan. He ultimately settled in Napa in the 1950s where he lived with his wife Carole, and there discovered a natural affinity for designing buildings. He would eventually establish the architectural firm Keiner & Kasten, designing hundreds of homes and businesses in Napa and Sonoma counties and garnering numerous awards. With later moves to Bodega Harbour and Santa Rosa, he continued to enjoy his design work until his death and was a member of the Bodega Harbor Design Review for over 25 years. The Keiners were actively involved in The Living Room nonprofit in Santa Rosa and the city’s First Presbyterian Church.
Edward is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carole Lee Keiner, three children and their spouses, Robert Britt Cooper, III (Deborah Abrams), Cheryl Keiner (Paul Wertzberger), and Stephanie Cooper-Slockyj (Joe Slockyj), eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the medical staff of Kaiser Permanente of Santa Rosa, in particular Drs. Iberti and Yoo, for their professionalism and gracious attention to Ed in his final days.
A memorial service to celebrate Ed’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 7 at 2pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, 1550 Pacific Avenue, conducted by Reverend Dale Flowers. For those who wish to make a donation in Ed’s memory in lieu of flowers, please contact The Living Room, 1207 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.