M. Keena was born on September 16, 1924 near Salem,
SD, the son of Joseph and Elsie (Struck) Keena. Don
grew up in and around Sioux Falls and attended school
west of Crooks, in Southwest Sioux Falls, and at St.
Joseph Cathedral School. He completed his education
in Salem, graduating from Salem St. Mary’s in
1942. Don lettered in basketball for three years while
November 18, 1943, he enlisted in the US Army Air
Force. He was stationed on the island of Guam and
served with the 61st Bomb Squadron, 39th Bomb group
attached to the 20th Air Force during World War II.
Don was awarded the Army Air Force Commendation Medal
on Guam. He also received the American Campaign Medal,
the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Service Ribbon with two
Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War
II Victory Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge with
one Bronze Star, and the Army-Air Force Commendation
Medal. After his discharge, Don returned to Sioux
Falls and was employed by John Morrel & Co. and
Hutton Tufty. He served in the US Air Force Reserve
married Garnet Ottoson on May 31, 1950 in Sioux Falls.
In 1952, they moved to their farm south of Colman.
They have always made their home there. They have
one daughter and two grandchildren. Don worked for
Harris Benson at Chester Hardware for a time. He served
a total of 25 years on Lynn Township Boards. In 1971,
Don began working as assessor for Moody County. He
retired as the Director of Equalization on December
was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dell Rapids.
Don served as sexton of the West Baptist Cemetery
for over 25 years. He was a member of the Sioux Falls
American Legion Post before he transferred to the
Dell Rapids American Legion Post. He also was a lifetime
member of the VFW.