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David Wayne Kehr (DOC)

December 22, 2020 | 14 comments

David Wayne Kehr (DOC) 65, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully on December 18th, 2020 at home.

David was born on 12/29/1954 in La Crosse, WI to Janice and Richard Kehr.  He was born and raised on French Island and was a graduate of Logan High School in 1973.  He married Mary Sharon in 1975 and together they had a son Aaron.  From 1993 to 2000 he was married to Chris Devney.  Later in life Doc would marry Dawn Holberg on May 8th, 2012.

Doc was a passionate and kind man, and to say he was loved by many would be an understatement.  He enjoyed fishing up North with his good friend Clyde, putting puzzles together, and having a few Pabst with his many friends.  Anyone who met Doc knew of his intense love to ride motorcycles, he was known to ride his motorcycle in the middle of winter just to say he could do it!  He would spend weekends riding his beloved 1969 custom built Triumph in the backwoods camping with his friends and always had his good friend Hardtail riding by his side.  He was an active member of the S.F.B. motorcycle club for 20 years and was an active president of the club in the late 90s.  Doc dedicated 37 years as the Molten Iron King at Torrance Casting and finally retired in 2015.  He will be remembered for his infectious laugh and kind spirit; he will be truly missed by so many.

David is survived by his mother Janice, his wife Dawn, his son Aaron (Grandchildren Lizzy and Kaiden), his brothers Jeff Kehr, Rick (Judy) Kehr, his sister Nancy (Steve) Becker, his step-children Joe Grant, Laura (Brian) Staswich, Chad Drinkwine, Joleen (Lerrie) Olson, Tony (Lindsay) Drinkwine, many step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many close friends.

David is preceded in death by his father Richard; brother Robert, and his brother Brian (Lisa) Kehr.

We want a special thank you to the Gundersen Lutheran Oncology and Hospice departments.

In lieu of flowers, Doc asked that you donate to your favorite charity in his honor.

Services and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.





  1. mary linden

    Dawn, and the entire Kehr family, my heart hurts for all of you, I have very fond memories of time spent with Doc. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
    Mary Linden

  2. Jim Richards

    Prayers sent to everyone.

  3. James Bjorge

    We the bjorge family send our condolences to friends and family… doc was an amazing man and was loved by many.

  4. Eileen Ustby

    Prayers to all family members. Hoping the lord will help direct you through this difficult time.

  5. Rhonda Fogel

    Bear and I would like to send our condolences to the entire Kehr family. Doc was truly a kind and good man.

  6. John Torrance

    So saddened to hear of Doc’s passing. I have so many enjoyable memories with him whether the many years of pouring molten iron or seeing him during our yearly Christmas luncheon as a retiree. He always put a smile on my face.

  7. Cathy Callahan

    Oh, Dawn, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband. If you need anything, I am here for you. Praying for you, love you honey

  8. Steve Thompson

    So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Although we did not spend a lot of time together, I got to know him as a good and caring person. My thoughts and prayers go to his family.

  9. Theresa Antony

    Love and prayers to Dawn and families. God has the best angel ever looking out for all of you. I’m just happy he is no longer suffering, he put up one hell of a fight. Doc will be missed by many. Ride high my friend.

  10. Bill Torrance

    All of us at Torrance Casting who knew Doc are deeply saddened over his passing. Personally I have so many great memories of working with Doc over the 37 years he blessed our company with his hard work and great disposition. They just don’t make men like him anymore.

  11. Karen Dahl

    I remember the day I met Doc. I was in Mindoro procrastinating going to my 5 year class reunion. Doc and Hardtail talked me in to hanging out with them instead and it was the beginning of a great friendship. Hanging out at The Alumni doing the Vogue or taping my DOORS collection, we always had a great time. RIP Doc…this is not The End, my dear friend. PBR you asap;)🍺

  12. Dan DuCharme

    Doc was the first and the best friend I ever made during my 20 years as a DJ at The Alumni Inn. I met him the first night I worked there. His loyalty to his friends was steadfast! We shared a love for motorcycles, and music that bonded us for over 30 years! Loved? Yes! Missed? Forever! R.I.P. Doc! Thank you for being my friend!!

  13. Gaylene Lemon

    My sincere sympathies to Doc’s family and friends. You can all be so proud of the awesome, kind-hearted man Doc was. Every time I saw him I was treated to a huge smile and big hug. Blessed to have had many good times and memories of him. RIP dear Doc…

  14. norman aylsworth

    My “CONDOLENCES” to the Doc’s Family & Friends. R.I.P. My Friend you were alway’s a great friend !!!


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