Ben A. Keller, 94, of 356 S. Mountain Rd., Emporium, and formerly of Kirksville, Mo., died peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, June 12, 2012, in St. Marys in the company of his family.
He was born Feb. 2, 1918, the son of U.S. Grant and Effie J. (Burns) Keller.
Mr. Keller graduated from the University of Missouri and taught high school in both Kirksville and Emporium. Prior to that time, he worked at Sylvania in Emporium and Burlington, Iowa. He was a veteran of WWll, serving in the European Theatre with the 70th tank battalion. Mr. Keller was a member and past Post Commander of the Miller-Raffelle VFW. He was also an active 4th-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Emporium. He enjoyed people and socializing and traveling around the country. He spent many of the last few winters living with his family in Texas
He is survived by three sons, Ben (Kim) Keller of Seoul, South Korea, Patrick of Fort Worth, Texas, and Steve (Donna) of St. Marys; and 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Frances in 2003; his son Thomas in 2000; and by eight older brothers, Sam, Homer, Carl, Tom, Fred, Hadley, Eugene and Max.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Ben A. Keller will be celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth St., Emporium, on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Paul S. Siebert, pastor, as celebrant. A military service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail. Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, Emporium, on Thurday from 6-8 p.m.
Online condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net.