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Donald Keller

Donald E Keller

Saturday, July 16th, 1932 - Saturday, October 12th, 2019
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With broken hearts the Keller children announce the passing of their devoted father, Don E. Keller, 87, on Saturday October 12, 2019.
Don was born on the family farm in Walker, Iowa on July 16, 1932 to Opal and Ruby (Williams) Keller. He graduated from Independence High School in 1951 and joined the Air Force where he maintained radio equipment from 1951 to 1955. He married his high school sweetheart LeAnn Cone on June 12, 1954 at First Presbyterian Church in Independence. They shared 64 beautiful years together before she was called home to heaven in 2018.
When Don left the Air Force, he began work at the Bell System in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, later moving to Dubuque to continue his career. He worked at the phone company for 34 years retiring in May 1989. He was a long-standing member of the Telephone Pioneers.
Don was an active member at Westminster Presbyterian Church where he served on the Board of Session, the Building and Grounds Committee, volunteered for Vacation Bible School, was a tutor for the after school program, and in earlier years sang along with LeAnn in the church choir. When his children were young he was a very active leader with the Riverside 4-H Club. Don served as Center Township Clerk for many years, resigning just a few years ago. He also belonged to The Hawkeye Vintage Farm Machinery Association where he demonstrated antique farm equipment at the county fair as well as organizing and participating in tractor rides around Dubuque county.
For many years Don and LeAnn would spend weekends square dancing around the area. They were members of both the Tri-State Twirlers and Gold Rush Squares and traveled to several Iowa State Square Dance Conventions and two national conventions. They also spent summers camping with the Tri-State Travelers Camping Club around the tri-state, and winters traveling to Texas and Arizona, spending time camping and visiting with friends and family in the area.
Don’s proudest accomplishment was his family. He cared for all of us with deep love, fierce protection, and just the right amount of humor. The warmth of his hugs and sound of his laughter will forever be missed.
Visitation will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 4-7pm. Funeral Services will be held at Westminster on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 10am. A visitation from 9-9:45am will precede the funeral services. Burial is scheduled for 2pm Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, IA.
Don is survived by his three children: Marcee L. (Thomas Hughes) Keller of Prescott, AZ, David E. (Deborah) Keller of Loves Park, IL, and Ann Marie (Kelly) Keller-Lally of Alexandria, VA, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife LeAnn, his brothers Bob and Edwin, and his sister Vernietta Kane.
Memorial funds will be used to support Hospice of Dubuque, Hillcrest Family Services, and the Telephone Pioneers Association.
Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 18th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 18th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    Address
    2155 University Ave
    Dubuuqe, IA 52001
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 9:00am - 9:45am
    When
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
    Location
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    Address
    2155 University Ave
    Dubuuqe, IA 52001
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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    Address
    2155 University Ave
    Dubuuqe, IA 52001
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  • Interment

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Mount Hope Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Independence, IA
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Posted at 01:18pm
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to your and your family.
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Laura L. BARRETT

Posted at 03:52pm
Don is one of the kindest people I have ever met. He was always encouraging to me and my young children even serving as a sponsor to my son Christopher on the occasion of his confirmation. He was always so complimentary to me when serving as liturgist and we teased each other as we sat near each other during church services often and we said it was to "keep each other in line" . I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I know how special he was and I will miss his presence every Sunday.
I wish I could be there for the services however I have suffered an injury that has left me to rest and will not be able to attend. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Don Keller was a great inspiration in so many ways. God Bless.
Most Sincerely,
Laura Becker Barrett
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Scott, Suzi, Christa, Caleb and Micah

Posted at 09:53am
Thinking of you all as you celebrate the beautiful legacy that Don left as he truly lived out what it means to be a loving father and husband.
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