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Marilyn Keigan

Marilyn Keigan age 76 of Plainfield, IA, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 at The Bridge Church in Charles City, IA with Rev. Rob Williams III celebrating the service. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in rural Clarksville with Zachary Johnson, Brian Hammer, Brandon Fairholm, Jason Ungs, Seth Fairholm and Dennie Mike Ungs Jr. serving as pallbearers.

Marilyn Keigan
Marilyn Keigan

Friends may greet the family from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory — Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church in Charles City. Online condolences for Marilyn’s family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com 641-435-4134.

Marilyn Ann Keigan was born May 26, 1944, in Charles City, IA, the daughter of Dennis and Norma (Althof) Ungs. She attended Waterloo Columbus Schools before graduating in 1963. After graduation, she was singing at a dance in Janesville and met Rex Fairholm. The couple fell in love and were married on April 11, 1964, in Waterloo, IA, to this union four children were born.

After they were married they moved around a lot. Rex worked on telephone and electrical poles and that job took him all over the U.S. Eventually the couple settled down in Cedar Rapids where their children were born. After a few more moves they decided they didn’t want to work apart from each other so they opened up a pizza restaurant in Nashua called Bestline. They ran it for thirty years together from 1986-2006.

Rex Sr. passed away in 2009 after a battle with emphysema. Later Marilyn found her second husband, Roger Keigan, on of all places, the internet. The couple hit it off and were married shortly after they met on Roger’s farm.

Marilyn loved to travel. She went all over, and some of her favorite places were Florida, Glacier National Park and Oregon, however, the place she would rather always be, was her farm with the birds and her flowers. Driving up and down the coast of Oregon was something she cherished. Family meant everything to Marilyn. She never missed sending her family a birthday card and especially never missed a family event. Although maybe that was because she was in charge of all the family events, which she loved. Along with family and travel, she enjoyed the casinos, Elvis Presly and flowers. She will be missed by her family dearly.

Marilyn is survived by her husband Roger Keigan of Plainfield, IA; three sons, Rex (Karon) Fairholm Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, Daniel (Bobbi) Fairholm of Grundy Center, IA, Donald Fairholm of Charles City, IA; one daughter, Angela (Jon) Day of Rockford, IA; fifteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; four brothers, Ronald (Sharon) Ungs of Minnesota, Dennis (Joe Ellen) Ungs of Fredericksburg, IA, David “Joe” (Annie) Ungs of Waterloo, IA, Tim Ungs of Iowa; six sisters, Connie (Steve) Scoles of Denver, IA, Shari Rundel of Iowa, Diane (Jon) Ross of Waterloo, IA, Jeanie (Jerry) Sandry of Forest City, IA, Nancy (Dale) Widner of Waterloo, IA, Lori Perry of Florida; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Rex Fairholm Sr.; one brother-in-law, Harold Rundel.

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