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Services for Charles Edwin Keller will be 10 a.m., Thursday, April 6, 2017 at MMS-Payne Chapel in Claremore, burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 1-8.
Charles passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at St. John Hospital in Tulsa. He was 78 years old.
Born Aug. 17, 1938 to Howard and Estelene (Jennings) Keller. Charles graduated from Claremore High School in 1956. As a young child, he began a strong work ethic. Charles sold watermelons from his uncle's farm to buy his first car.
After graduation, he began working for US Testing Company and for his father at Keller Storage and Moving. While in Claremore, Charles met Judi and their first date was to Church. A short time later he was called to duty in the US Army.
After completing basic training Charles and Judi married on December 10, 1962 and made their home in Washington, DC.
After serving 2 years in Washington, they returned to Claremore, where they have made their home ever since. Upon returning Charles went to work for ODOT for 36 years, as a Specialist Technologist III. In 1997 he build Keller Mini Storage and continued to operate.
Charles was a member of First Church Church of God in Claremore and a Lifelong member of the American Legion.
He loved Grand Lake and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, gardening, and spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids. Once a year he would take a trip with Judi to the Yuba River in California, to pan for gold.
Surviving family include his wife Judy Keller, of the home, son Tim Keller and wife Christine, daughter Stacey Dowden and husband Roy, brother Mike Keller and wife Esther, sister-in-law Donna Biswell and husband Duane and brother in law Jim Bachelder all from Claremore, grandchildren Ashley Mefford and husband Jeremiah of Kiefer, Breanna Keller of Sapulpa, Kelsea Leal and husband Jorge, Matt Gilbert, Zane Scrivner, Taygen Scrivner, and Madison Hicks all of Claremore. Great Grandchildren include Brody and Blair Mefford of Kiefer, Gracey Keller, Sophia Leal, and Jentry Leal all of Claremore. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bob Keller, Billy Joe Keller, Roger Alan Keller and Ronald Keller; his grandparents Pete and Edna Keller and Henry and Margaret Jennings.
View and sign Charles' online tribute at www.mmsfuneralhomes.com
Published on April 4, 2017
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