A funeral ceremony honoring the life of Fred Kehler will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Methodist Church in Foyil. Interment will follow in Wards Grove Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Rice Funeral Service.
The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Fred passed away Tuesday, March 14 in Claremore. He was 91.
Born Fred Kehler Jr., on Aug. 8, 1925 in Skiatook, Okla., Fred was the son of Fred Kehler Sr., and Letha (Charter) Kehler.
He grew up in the area of Skiatook and at the age of 17 enlisted in the US Army Air Corp during WWII and spent three years in the service, stationed in Guam and was honorably discharged on March 24, 1946. Afterward he made a career in the Aviation industry working for Boeing and McDonald Douglas.
After retirement he spent his time at his small farm in Foyil pursuing his many passions.
He raised a large vegetable garden, being especially proud of his strawberries and tomatoes -even having a friendly competition with a friend of his to see who would have the first ripe tomato every year.
He enjoyed fishing, spending many weekends at Grand Lake with his wife, Jo and vacations in Colorado elk and deer hunting. He was a very creative man, always working on some project, even making his own fishing rods for family and friends. He was a loving father and grandfather and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Surviving family members include a son: Jerry Kehler and his wife, Marsha of Foyil; a daughter: Deborah Walker and her husband Rick of Newport News, Va.; one brother: Bob Kehler of Skiatook; grandchildren: Shawn Kehler, Rickie Sue Edwards, Jesse Walker, Kevin Frazier, Jerry Brian Kehler, Kyle Hickman, Bradley Hickman; great-grandchildren: Darren Kehler, Ashley Kehler, Parker Edwards, Bentley Edwards, Clay McElrath, Allison Kehler, and Abigail Kehler; great-great-grandchildren: Tommy Kehler, Piper Murphy, and Luke Murphy; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Mary Jo Kehler; and by his sisters; Goldie Gardner, Marie Cartwright, May Vance, Doris Hardesty, Faye Kehler, Dorothy Kehler, and Opal Kehler; and one grandson: Tim Kehler.
Published on March 15, 2017