Born in 1947, “Little Denny” Keefer contracted polio at four years old. The virus affected his lungs, neck and arms. Eight weeks in an iron lung saved his life but would leave him disabled. He never gave up, however, through years of physical therapy and rehabilitation. His motto became, “the impossible just takes a little longer.”
Denny did not attend public school until the sixth grade, but graduated after four “unforgettable years” of high school. While in high school he was president of the Future Farmers of American and the LHS Pep Club.
Denny has been involved in 4-H for more than 45 years, leading the Lucky Clovers Horse Club, Lucky Hoppers Rabbit Club and the Lucky Limbers Sheep Club. He has been recognized nationally for being a master breeder. Earlier this year, he was honored by the Michigan State Rabbit Breeders Association at the group’s annual awards banquet. The state convention was dedicated in his honor and he was awarded the MSRBA Distinguished Service Award. During his career, Keefer has won 78 Best of Breed and 11 Best in Show awards.
Barb Sweeney, family friend: “Using his strength and determination, Denny became an incredible individual. He has touched the lives of hundreds of kids and families.”
Our four 2013 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor inductees will be honored on October 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Administration & Services Center, 250 Second St., Lapeer.