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Published January 03, 2013, 12:00 AM

David Keehn

David Keehn, 66, Wahpeton, ND, passed away, Monday, December 31, 2012 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, MN. The Funeral Memorial Service will be Friday, January 4, 10:30 a.m., at Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, with Rev Jule' Ballinger officiating. There will be sharing with the family Thursday, from 5 PM to 7 PM with a 7 PM Prayer Service at Bethel Lutheran Church and one hour before the service on Friday. Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, is in charge of arrangements.

David was born June 27, 1946, at Pierre, SD, the son of Gerald L. and Irene L. (Damsgaard) Keehn. He grew up in various communities in the US and abroad as his father was employed by the US Government in conservation and Indian Affairs. David graduated from high school at Phillip, SD. He received his undergraduate degree at Dickinson State University and worked at Belcourt for seven years where he obtained his masters degree at UND. During this time he married MaryAnn Donahue at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Belcourt. They moved to Wahpeton where David started his career at Wahpeton Indian School, later the Circle of Nations. He held several positions from licensed counselor to principal, becoming the CEO of Circle of Nations in 2001. Circle of Nations School received several prestigious awards under David's tenure, including the Green Ribbon School Award and Gold Healthier School Award, both in 2012. On June 12, 1988 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Herrick Berg, they have continued to reside in Wahpeton.

David Keehn

David Keehn, 66, Wahpeton, ND, passed away, Monday, December 31, 2012 at Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris, MN. The Funeral Memorial Service will be Friday, January 4, 10:30 a.m., at Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, with Rev Jule' Ballinger officiating. There will be sharing with the family Thursday, from 5 PM to 7 PM with a 7 PM Prayer Service at Bethel Lutheran Church and one hour before the service on Friday. Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, is in charge of arrangements.

David was born June 27, 1946, at Pierre, SD, the son of Gerald L. and Irene L. (Damsgaard) Keehn. He grew up in various communities in the US and abroad as his father was employed by the US Government in conservation and Indian Affairs. David graduated from high school at Phillip, SD. He received his undergraduate degree at Dickinson State University and worked at Belcourt for seven years where he obtained his masters degree at UND. During this time he married MaryAnn Donahue at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Belcourt. They moved to Wahpeton where David started his career at Wahpeton Indian School, later the Circle of Nations. He held several positions from licensed counselor to principal, becoming the CEO of Circle of Nations in 2001. Circle of Nations School received several prestigious awards under David's tenure, including the Green Ribbon School Award and Gold Healthier School Award, both in 2012. On June 12, 1988 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Herrick Berg, they have continued to reside in Wahpeton.

David was a member of North Dakota Education Association and North Dakota Indian Education Association. He was an active walker, enjoyed board games, watching sports and spending time with his family. He was a respected and dedicated counselor and administrator; who took great pride in his responsibilities and accomplishments.

David is survived by his wife, Phyllis, Wahpeton; daughter, Elaine Keehn, son, Timothy Keehn, both of Wahpeton; two step-daughters, Kristin (Richard) Kellogg, Wahpeton; Dana (Ted) Pappenfus, Morris, MN; step-son, Ryan Berg, Breckenridge, MN; grandchildren: Houston Lindell, Jamestown, ND; Meyla Pappenfus, Morris; Judy Keehn, Felton, MN; Allissa Keehn, Wahpeton; and his brother-in-law, Dennis Herrick, Abercrombie, ND.

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