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Daniel Keirns

August 3, 1957 — December 31, 2023

Daniel William Keirns, of Van Wert, passed away on December 31, 2023 at Van Wert Health Emergency Room, at the age of 66, from complications of long-term heart disease. Born on August 3, 1957, in Van Wert, Ohio, he was the son of the late William and Mary Ellen (Boley) Keirns. Dan was receiving care and rehabbing at Van Wert Manor after an accident prior to his death.

Dan was known for his down-to-earth nature and his strong work ethic. He pursued a career as a machine operator at Kennedy Manufacturing Co, where he dedicated over three decades of his life.

Outside of work, Daniel enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Daniel is survived by his loving niece, Natasha Helstad and her children: Keagan and Kayleigh Helstad, Easton and Ella Helstad, all of whom cared for Dan during the past several years; brother, Richard Keirns; other nephews and niece: Jason Grubb, Bradley Keirns, Alan Keirns and Dayna Motycka; as well as several great nephews and great nieces.

In addition to his parents, Dan was preceded in death by his sister, Karen Grubb.

Due to his untimely death and the current season, a celebration of Dan's life will be held at a later date. In honor of Dan's wishes, his remains will be cremated and his cremated remains scattered at Hamilton Lake during a private family ceremony.

In his last selfless act on earth, Dan gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Van Wert Humane Society

Arrangements entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory. To share in Dan's online memorial, please visit

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