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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On April 27, 2016 @ 9:41 am In Obituary | 2 Comments


Richard John Kealy (Rick) was born on September 29, 1967, in Phoenix, Arizona, a minute after his fraternal twin, Johnny. Growing up, Rick lived in Hastings, Nebraska, and Scottsdale, Arizona, where he attended Arcadia High School and graduated with the class of 1986. Rick went to work at the family business, then called Kealy Construction, with his father and brother; Rick was integral to the growth of the company into Texas and California. Throughout the years, their business endeavors varied, but he always worked side by side with his family that he loved so much. Rick was currently co-owner of D & K Enterprises with family friend, Bob Divis. Rick met his life partner, Clifton Cooper in California in 1997. Rick and Cliff enjoyed spending time entertaining friends, taking the boat out, and were cinema connoisseurs. They moved to Arizona in 2008 to be closer to family. Rick loved spending time supporting his nephews at various events. His nephews describe Rick as caring, sincere, entertaining and passionate. Rick definitely enjoyed family, sunshine, and the beach; he was known as confident, stylish, helpful, and dependable. Since his twin brother’s death in 2014, Rick was never quite the same, and we are comforted with the idea that they are together again with their father, John Kealy Sr. On April 22, 2016, Rick unexpectedly passed away in his sleep. Rick is survived by Clifton Cooper; his mother, Kathleen Kealy; sisters Kelly Kealy, Kerry Grimes (Travis), and Kristen Kealy Essary (Justin). Rick is also mourned by his adoring nephews, Tom, Dane, Keegan, Cole, and Connor. Funeral Mass for Rick will be on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 10:00 AM at the Franciscan Renewal Center (the Casa), 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to “Kealy Brothers Funeral Fund” at www.gofundme.com;

https://de.gofund.me/2cx7ep98&rcid=bb617de00c9011e68102bc764e05901c .

Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.


Condolences for the family of “KEALY, RICHARD JOHN”

Condolence from B.J. johnson on April 27th, 2016 7:48 pm

I’m so sadden over Ricks death he was a sweet guy and will be missed

Condolence from Patricia Cooper on May 26th, 2016 12:11 pm

I love you Rickster. ..you and cliff are my best friends..ill never forget you my friend..Kealy family solo sorry for your lost..our prayers continue to go out to you guys..

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