Dwight H. O’Keefe Jr. was the 22nd Circuit
Clerk of Sangamon County and served in this position from 1968 to 1972. O’Keefe
was born in 1914 in Springfield, IL to Dwight H. O’Keefe Sr. and Anna Louise
Young-O’Keefe. From 1941-1946, Dwight served in the United States Army and was
eventually promoted to Captain.
O’Keefe Jr. married Nancy Nuess on June 7, 1942; Nancy
died in 2006. After returning from war, O’Keefe became the owner of O’Keefe
Insurance Agency from 1946-1975. In 1975, the company named changed to Lee
O’Keefe Insurance Agency, which Dwight owned from then until 1991.
Dwight was an active member of the Springfield
community, serving on the Board of Education from 1951-1955. In 1957, O’Keefe
served as the campaign chair of the Springfield and Sangamon County United Way.
Dwight was a steadfast businessman, acting as president for the America Business
Club from 1948-1949 and maintaining an active membership throughout his life.
At the time of his death, Dwight Jr. left behind one
daughter, one son, four grandsons, and one great-great grandson.
SJR Obituaries 12-10-2008 accessed August 9, 2011.
Sangamon Valley Collection, Lincoln Library. Microfilm.
Savannah Little researcher