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Harry Keezer

Aug. 27, 1928-July 14, 2009

Harry M. Keezer, 80, of White Earth, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at the Mahnomen Health Center Nursing Home in Mahnomen.

Harry Marvin Keezer was born to Harry Sr. and Josephine (Weaver) Keezer on Aug. 27, 1928 in White Earth. He married Irene Jackson in May 1951.

While living in Minneapolis, Harry opened the Nee Gee Center in 1969. Children from the community enjoyed playing pool, going on camping trips to Duluth, to Walker and Northern Minnesota. Harry loved basketball and started several teams with which he and Irene traveled throughout the states. They later relocated to White Earth, and for eight years Harry worked for the Circle of Life School as a hall monitor.

During the summers, Harry and Irene made Indian crafts and would travel the roads by Lake Superior, selling them at events.

Harry will be remembered and missed by his two daughters, Harriet "Dove" Keezer-Thompson and Cheryl "Honey" Keezer; his adopted children, Laurie Smith, Robert Budreau and Kenneth Budreau; along with 28 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.

Preceding Harry in death were his parents; wife, Irene (2008); three sons, Harrison, Vernon "Pork" and Joseph "Jig"; along with one sister.

Visitation will be held starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at the Harry and Irene Keezer residence near White Earth, continuing until the time of services on Friday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 17 at St. Columba Episcopal Church, White Earth. Interment is at the St. Columba Episcopal Cemetery.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. Memories of Harry may be shared online at