John Roberts Co-Founder Robert Keene Passes

MINNEAPOLIS—Robert A. Keene, co-founder and chairman of The John Roberts Co., passed away Feb. 3. He co-founded The John Roberts Co. in 1951 with E. John Chelberg, which today employs more than 300 employees.

Prior to his founding of the company, Mr. Keene attained the rank of corporal, Second Marine Division, United States Marine Corps. Michael Keene, president and CEO of The John Roberts Co., stated, “Our values originated from Robert Keene and his spirit will forever be the foundation of The John Roberts Co.”

The John Roberts Co. is an independent, family-owned and operated full-service commercial printing and cross-channel marketing provider located in Minneapolis. It has continually invested in industry-leading equipment and technology during its 60-year history, and is a strong practitioner of environmentally-sustainable business practices.

Friends and business associates are invited to share their thoughts or memories of Mr. Keene via e-mail at

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