Dr. Norbert O'Keefe, 84, once of SV
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 8:02 AM
Dr. Norbert O'Keefe, 84, Bismarck, N.D., who started a clinic in Spring Valley, died April 3, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck after a long illness.
He was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Williston, N.D., the son of John and Marian (Myers) O'Keefe. He was raised and educated in Williston where he graduated in 1946 from Williston High School where he was active in football and basketball.
He was a Depression-era child, gained his pilot license the day he turned 16, and was a GI who served in Tokyo right after WWII.
He married Angela O'Neill on Aug. 1, 1953, in Williston. He put himself through medical school, built a clinic in Spring Valley, and went back to school at the age of 40 to become a radiologist. As a radiologist, he worked at St. Alexius Medical Center, starting in 1970 until his retirement. He helped build the University of North Dakota Radiology Department, serving as its chairman.
He belonged to numerous professional associations including the North Dakota Medical Association, the AMA, and was a fellow of the American College of Radiology. Throughout his life, he had a passion for aviation. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and was recognized as an outstanding aviator in the Bismarck flying community. He was presented the Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" Award for 50 years of dedicated service in aviation safety by the FAA.
Mr. O'Keefe was a longtime member of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Elks Club and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Angela; his sons, John (Darla), Matthew (Joelle), Michael, Timothy, and Daniel (Asako); his daughters, Mary Ellen, Peggy (Evan) and Bridget (Chris); his grandchildren, Shane, Jackson and Jacy O'Keefe; Sarah Soucek, Samantha Price and Melissa Strand; Jessica Cox and Andrea Ramirez; Casey, Sam and Jack Hardmeyer; Andrew and Allison O'Keefe, Bill, Samantha and Ben Mennell; Marie, Sean and Sasha O'Keefe; and George, Finn and John Dunn; his great-grandson, Daniel Soucek; his brother, Pat; and his sisters, Margaret and Kitty.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, April 8, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck, with Monsignor Thomas Richter celebrating the Mass. A graveside service was held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to The God's Child Project or the Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry.
Parkway Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.