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'He always had our back': Benefit held for Peterson family of killed motorcyclist

David "Texas Dave" Keenan died on Aug. 9, 2021, after he was struck on a residential intersection in Winona while riding his motorcycle home from work.

David and Missy Keenan. David died Aug. 9 after an accident in Winona. A benefit for his family was held Saturday in Rushford. Contributed
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RUSHFORD -- David "Texas Dave" Keenan loved to make people laugh and smile.

On Saturday, his friends, family and fellow communities shared those things without him but in his honor as part of a benefit for Keenan's wife and four children held at Nordic Lanes in Rushford.

"He'd do anything to make people smile," his wife Missy Keenan, of Peterson, said Saturday. "He just had this big old smile of his own, a contagious laugh, a big old bear-hugger."

Keenan, 46, died on Aug. 9, 2021, three days after his motorcycle and a vehicle collided in an uncontrolled intersection the area of Kansas and Ninth streets in Winona on Aug. 6, according to a report from the Winona Post. The crash is still under investigation.

Missy Keenan said her husband was out for a motorcycle ride that day after finishing work when the crash occurred. The last thing the couple said to each other was "I love you" as they left for work that morning, Keenan said.


On Saturday, a benefit organized by Missy Keenan's cousin, Rana Albrecht, was held to help provide the family with some financial help as they transition to their new reality without their patriarch.

"He always had our back, he was a very good friend, very good family member, family man and we just kind of want to have her and the kids’ back like he would have had ours," Albrecht said.

A silent auction, bake sale, pulled pork dinner and live auction as well as music were all held in David's honor and to help the Keenan's.

"She’s going from a two-income family to just herself. We’re really hoping to be able to buy her some time to get things figured out and make the arrangements without having to stress over it," Albrecht said. "It's a whole new lifestyle. It's going to take her a while to adjust and we just want to try and ease the transition as much for her as possible."

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David Keenan pictured with his family. Contributed photo.

A memorial motorcycle ride also was held in David's honor the week prior. His love for motorcycles came from his father, according to his mother Deborah Woodley, of Waco, Texas. When his father died in March 2012, David and his brothers each received a motorcycle from their father, Woodley said.

"H e was a good kid, always laughing, always smiling," Woodley said of her son.


Missy Keenan said the support her family has received started "right away" as news of David's crash and death spread and has been tremendous.

"David was loved by so many people and it shows," she said. "It really does show and I'm very appreciative and grateful, and we are so blessed with how people have helped us out."

Keenan was an organ donor and Albrecht said that with his death, he was "able to save three lives and help numerous many more with tissue and cornea donations."

Those unable to make Saturday's benefit, the "Texas Dave Family Benefit" has been set up at Merchants Bank.

Emily Cutts is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. She joined the Post Bulletin in July 2018 after stints in Vermont and Western Massachusetts.
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