Van Keuren, Roy A.

Van Keuren, Roy A.

Roy A. Van Keuren, age 66, passed away October 9, 2021 after having sustained injuries from a car crash.

He was preceded in death by his wife Susan ‘Joy’ Van Keuren (nee Guschwan) and his parents Herbert and Evelyn Van Keuren. He is survived by his children, Katherine Van Keuren, 28, Theresa Van Keuren, 25, and siblings Michael (Kerry) Van Keuren, Thomas (Norma) Van Keuren, James (Julie King) Van Keuren, Anthony (Nora Eason) Van Keuren, and Joseph (Belinda) Van Keuren, along with many nieces and nephews. 

Roy was a very devoted man to his family, his friends, his job, and to anyone who was in need. His dedication to those in his community remained unwavering despite the gravity of what challenges he overcame. He was a master of many things and seldom was there a project he was not excited to conquer at the request of another. Roy was quick to provide the carefully crafted comical response bringing light and laughter to all. Roy was a member of IATSE Local 27 for many years. He was the audio technician for the Connor Palace Theatre at Playhouse Square. Roy was a hard worker who went above and beyond to ensure that the job was enjoyable and ran flawlessly.


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  1. Christeen Currie on October 11th, 2021 8:53 pm

    So so sorry to hear of the passing of Roy. He was a truly great man and Father and husband.

  2. Rachel Bennett on October 11th, 2021 9:29 pm

    Reese and Katie, it hurts me tremendously to hear about the passing of your parents. May God Bless your hearts and heal them from all the pain you are feeling from this day forward. I never had the privilege of meeting your parents, but if they were anything like the two of you, they were amazing, selfless people that would do anything to make you smile. If you ever need to talk, know that I’m only a phone call away. All my love.


  3. Maryann Nagel on October 12th, 2021 11:30 am

    My prayers for healing. Loved Roy and Joy and worked with them. They were incredible people!

  4. Doug Marcucci (Cooch)... on October 12th, 2021 2:32 pm

    Dear Katherine, Theresa & all the Van Keurens brothers.

    My DEEPEST sympathy for your shocking loss of your mom, dad and brother!!!

    Roy was very funny and fun to be around. His quick wit was uniquely… his own. I’m not sure of how many of his old stories you may have heard, but in late 1975 to early 1976 during the infamous ” Amarillo Road Trip”, I was subjected to it daily…. And I miss it very much….
    I haven’t seen him since Brad Richard’s 50th birthday party (16 years), when his booming voice and laugh in the front of the shuttle bus told me there’s only one person in the world with that voice….

    I can not imagine your pain, but take some small solace in knowing you do not cry alone.

    Again with my deepest sympathies.
    Doug Marcucci

  5. Daniel Hahn on October 12th, 2021 4:11 pm

    Roy was a sweet, loving man and I will miss working with him at Playhouse Square. He made everyone around him feel valued and appreciated. Deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.

  6. Melanie Snodell on October 12th, 2021 9:56 pm

    I wanted to offer my condolences for your loss! Roy was a pleasure to know and I am so sorry for your loss. Roy was such a joy to work with and I cannot imagine your loss. Please know your family at the Wolstein center is here for you.

  7. Douglas Charboneau on October 13th, 2021 9:14 am

    Roy was a great guy. Many years ago I took my young son to Playhouse Square to see “A Christmas Carol,” and Roy was kind enough to give us a behind the scenes tour after the show. My son was fascinated to see some of the secrets of the play’s production.

  8. Ted Van Hyning on October 13th, 2021 2:01 pm

    Roy was a great guy, and a great Stagehand and technician. It was always a pleasure working alongside Roy, he made any day a little better. Roy will be missed by everyone in the Production Community in Cleveland, as well as by the touring crews that come through our city.

  9. Amy Fullerton on October 14th, 2021 9:40 am

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Van Keuren family. Roy was a great neighbor and always willing to help.

  10. Noreen Donat on October 14th, 2021 10:39 am

    Grew up a few doors from the Van Keuren’s. Roy was part of a group that I hung out with. He was such a nice and fun loving person. A bunch of us worked at the Tower Drive-in that was located next to my house. I was also friends with his mother. So sorry to hear of this terrible loss of both Roy and his beloved wife Joy. May God give comfort to their families and may they through God’s mercy, rest in peace.

  11. Scott Woodruff on October 16th, 2021 3:48 pm

    I was saddened to learn of Roy’s passing and offer my deepest condolences to the family. I worked with Roy many times at Playhouse Square and he was always quick to lend a hand wherever it was needed. I will miss his sense of humor and the good times we shared together. I will always keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers.

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