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Vincent Keahna

May 24, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Vincent Keahna passed away surrounded by family on May 8, 2019, at the Veteran's Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. He was born to Floyd (Flodo) Keahna, Meskwaki of Tama, IA, and Frances Goodwin Keahna, Ojibwe of White Earth on May 26, 1936 on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Growing up in Naytahwaush with his parents and six sisters as well as a second family of 13 Uran brothers and sisters; he was an athletic and popular boy. Graduating as Class President from Flandreau Indian School in 1955, he maintained contact with classmates his entire life. Moving to the Cities after graduation, he continued his lifelong friendships with the Uran family and "the boys" and "girls" he saw as his younger siblings.

His post Flandreau life included playing baseball for a farm team for the Washington Senators, a professional baseball team that went on to become the Minnesota Twins. He was also a talented fancy dancer as a youth and young adult. Joining the Army in 1960, he proudly served as part of President Kennedy's Honor Guard for his inauguration, and as a Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. While he was a well-respected professional throughout his career, his proudest job ever was as papa and grandpa to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Vincent was familiar sight at pow wows around the region, loving to visit and listen to the drum.

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Vincent Keahna

Survived by his wife of 46 years, Rosalyn Robertson Keahna; daughter, Tish (Scott) Keahna Kruzan; sons: Floyd Martin Keahna, Conrad Robertson, Dan Robertson; sisters: Mercilyn Keahna Hoyle, Deanna Keahna Rasmussen, and Lauren Keahna Lovejoy. Vincent had 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews whose lives he enriched.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Adonis Keahna Londo, Violet Keahna Frymire, Nancy Keahna Williston; and son Clifford Robertson.

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 1, 2019 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center from 1 5 p.m. Please join family and friends in honoring and remembering a wonderful man.



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