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Longtime Advocate for Veterans Dies

Updated: 05/04/2014 12:43 PM
Created: 05/04/2014 8:12 AM WDIO.com

Durbin Keeney, a longtime advocate for all veterans, has passed away.

According to friends, Keeney died on Sunday morning. He had been battling numerous health issues, including heart problems.

Keeney, a Vietnam veteran himself, has long been a fixture in the veterans community in the Northland.

He announced his retirement as the leader of the Duluth office of MACV, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, in August of 2011. He said it was because of his health.

He's been extremely involved in events that involve veterans for decades, including the Veterans Day march and ceremony at the DECC.

His friends say it's a true loss for the Northland. John Marshall, commander of the Duluth Honor Guard, said, "He really was a strong voice for all veterans issues, with homeless veterans being a priority. Our community has suffered a great loss."

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