Ed purchased Johnson's Auto Electric on Market Square in 1950. The business became a Motorcraft battery distributor in 1961 and subsequently a complete Ford Motorcraft distributorship in 1967. Incorporating, the business became Johnson's Auto Electric, which could warehouse and sell to dealers, while K&K Auto Parts could sell to the public. Changes in government regulations eventually enabled K&K Auto Parts to both warehouse and sell parts. In 1973, K&K moved into the old Foodtown building at 6th St. and National Ave., where it remains today.
A humble man, Ed was grateful to his faithful customers, friends, and most of all his family, who sacrificed and helped build K&K. A true family business, at one time or another, all the Keating children, many in-laws and most of the grandchildren have been involved in K&K Auto Parts in some aspect. A hard working man all of his life, Ed could be found most days at K&K until the age of 91, when ill health forced him to remain at home in December of 2011. Ed was a kind and generous man who never knew a stranger. One of his greatest pleasures was traveling with his buddies to Rich Hill, Missouri, where he purchased produce and jelly from the Mennonite community to share with customers, friends, and family. Edward's life was filled with his faith, family, and friends. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to his wife of 63 years, Patricia, of the home, he is also survived by six children, 26 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, with another on the way. They include son Edward M. Jr. and wife Janet (New) of Bucyrus, Kan. Their children Edward III and wife Tonyia and Elle of Louisburg, Kan., Jeananna and Brett Hauer and McKenna, Keily and Hudson of Louisburg, Kan., Shawn and wife Amy of Bucyrus, Kan.; Son Michael and fiancee Kirsten Rottinghaus; son John F. III and wife Charlene (Barr) of Fort Scott; their children Tina and Kyle Hedges and Taylor, Kennedy and McKinley of Bolivar, Mo.; John F. IV and wife Christi and Abi and John V of Fort Scott; Pete and wife Amy and Preston and Colin of Chanute, Kan.; Bridgett and Adam Lancaster and Kylie and Kallie of Fort Scott; Courtney and Rob Werling and Peyton of Roeland Park, Kan.; Daniel and wife Kelly and Liam of Roeland Park, Kan.; Daughter Mary and husband John Lowry of Joplin, Mo.; their children Emily and Josh Appeldorn of Springdale, Ark., Erin and Thomas Evans of Kansas City, Mo., John of Kansas City, Mo., Heather and Nathan Glassman and Ava of Dillon, Colo.; Daughter Beth Anne and husband Daryl Graham of Fort Scott, their children Maria of Overland Park, Kan., Daryl Lee and Drew of Fort Scott; Daughter Patricia and husband Mike Kramer of Fort Scott, their children Patricia and Michael of the home; Son Shawn and wife Sandi of Fort Scott, their children Grace, Faith, Shawn and Connor of the home, Vincent and Courtney Woods, and Riley, Kassen, and Karsyn of Redfield, Kan., Jesse Woods of Fort Scott, Andrew Woods and Kameron and Keegan of Fort Scott. He is also survived by a brother Daniel and wife Betty of Adrian, Mo. As well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by five brothers; infant Joseph, John Francis Jr., Peter, Anthony, and Phillip, nine sisters; Elizabeth Sheehy, Marie Lohmann, Louise Foster, Margaret Coffee, Elene Horest, Josephine Rogers, Teresa Terrile, Bernadine Link, and Loretta Magee.
Father Robert Wachter will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 9, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. The Rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m.. prior to the service. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary's Catholic School and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan. Words of remembrance may be sent to the online guestbook at Cheneywitt.com.