Edward T. Van Keuren, 83, died April 26 at the McCarthy Care Center in East Sandwich, after a brief illness. He had been a resident of East Falmouth since 1995.

He was the husband of Barbara (Dranchak) Van Keuren.

The son of Edward T. Van Keuren Sr. and Lillian (O’Hare) Van Keuren, he was born in Houlton, Maine. He grew up in Houlton as well as Westfield.

Mr. Van Keuren received his education at Worcester Junior College, Clark University and the University of Hartford. He also was a graduate of the National Defense University.

He had a more than 30-year career in the US Air Force and the Air National Guard, retiring as a colonel. Mr. Van Keuren served at bases in France, North Africa, Germany, Turkey, Italy and Iceland; Kessler Air Force Base in Mississippi; and Otis Air National Guard Base in Bourne, from which he retired in 1993.

Following his military career, he was a radar systems project engineer/manager at the Raytheon Company for a time. He worked on and managed large radar and communications systems, which were installed at Houma Air Force Station in Louisiana; in West Virginia, California, Hawaii and Central Germany; at Cape Cod Air Force Station; at Beale Air Force Base in California; in Virginia; on Amchitka Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska; and in Texas and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Van Keuren then started his own consulting firm and did that work until his final retirement in 2009.

A member of the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals at the time of his death, he was also previously appointed as a member of the Falmouth Veterans Council Committee and served until 2021.

Mr. Van Keuren belonged to the Military Officers Association of America, American Legion Post #188 in Sandwich, Elks Lodge #2380 in Falmouth. He also was a member of the Otis Civilian Advisory Council.

He leaves three children and their spouses, Mary Beth and James McElreavy of Warren, Maine, Cynthia and John Arnold of Westborough, and Edward and Alison Van Keuren of Mattapoisett; his wife’s son, Bruce Meyer of East Falmouth; five grandchildren; and other family.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

A graveside service will be Thursday, May 19, at 11:15 AM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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