Konrad Kent Keesee
Konrad Kent Keesee
  • October 25, 1934 - May 27, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Konrad Payton Kent Keesee died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at his home in Oklahoma City on May 27, 2017. He was born on October 25, 1934. Mr. Keesee was the founder and president of Keesee and Company, the leader in Oklahoma City residential luxury property sales since 1956, catering to a clientele of former governors, senators, CEOs, and socialites. Mr. Keesee was associated with Christie's auction house of New York and London as an art consultant for twenty-five years, bringing to auction the collections of prominent Oklahoma families. For more than thirty years, Mr. Keesee maintained a residence in New York City. Konrad's father, Oscar Leo Keesee, was a true Oklahoma native - born on Statehood Day in 1907 in Checotah and raised in Okmulgee. His mother, Mary Evalyn Briscoe Keesee, was the daughter of a well-known pioneer family. When Konrad was nine years old, he moved with his parents from Port St. Joe, Florida, where his father worked as a manager for Magnolia Oil, to Oklahoma City. He attended Taft Junior High School in Oklahoma City, where he received many poetry and speech commendations. A member of the National Forensic League with an interest in Humorous Literature, he graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City in 1952 and attended The University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi social fraternity. In 2007, Mr. Keesee co-authored "Nichols Hills: A Residential Community," which documented the history of the City of Nichols Hills. The 284-page book, written with the former Nichols Hills Mayor Ann Taylor, was updated and republished in 2015. Proceeds from the book sales supported Nichols Hills Parks, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to preserving and enhancing the community's parks. Mr. Keesee served on the boards of the William Fremont Harn Gardens and 1889er Museum, Oklahoma City Beautiful, and Preservation Oklahoma. Always interested in preservation, he was responsible for saving a number of beautiful houses from destruction. He was a proud member of the First Families of the Twin Territories through his great-grandfather, Van Briscoe, an Oklahoma Huguenot pioneer. He was a member of the Bachelor's Club of Oklahoma City and of the Saint Nicholas Society of New York. Mr. Keesee is survived by his son, banker and philanthropist Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee, of Oklahoma City, from his marriage to the late Joan Kirkpatrick; his grandson, Blake Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee, of Oklahoma City; and Rebecca McCubbin and Elizabeth Frampton, from his marriage to the late Frances Searle. Donations in his memory may be made to Nichols Hills Parks, 6407 Avondale Dr, Nichols Hills, OK 73116. Funeral Services will be led by the Reverend Canon Susan Joplin at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. Following cremation, interment will be private.