Walter Lloyd Keller, 87, from Borger, passed away October 9 in Amarillo.
Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, October 13, 2017 at St. John Catholic Church, Borger. Presiding will be Father Richard Zanetti. The Rosary will be recited beginning at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the Minton Memorial Chapel at Minton Chatwell Funeral Home.
Walt was born December 15, 1929 to Fred Keller and Rosa Rutti Keller. He and his twin brother, Warren, were the youngest of 9 children. He graduated from High school in 1947 in Marysville, Kansas. He worked for the railroad and joined the Navy in December, 1949. Walt served aboard the USS Essex aircraft carrier as an aviation mechanic servicing fighter planes in the Korean War. He was Aviation Machinist Mate E Third Class. After discharge, he continued service in the Naval Reserve until 1962. In 2014, he was honored as a member of the Texas Panhandle Honor Flight, touring Washington, D.C.
He met Adelaide Josephine Masek in March, 1954 at an American Legion dance the day he returned home from active duty. They were married on November 20, 1954 in Beatrice, Nebraska. After working for the city of Wymore, Nebraska and Dempster Mills in Beatrice, Nebraska, Walt went to work for Natural Gas Pipeline Company in 1961 working in the Communications Department. He transferred to Fritch in 1966 as an electrician. Walt retired in 1994 and spent a lot of time designing and building furniture for his family.
Walt helped establish the Kids Inc. sports program in Fritch. He also began a 46 year association with the Boy Scouts of America and Boy Scout Troop 548 (Fritch). He served as assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, Committee Chairman and Merit Badge Counselor. Later he also served as Counselor and on the Committee with Troop 507 (Borger). In addition, he served as Eagle Board of Review chairman for the Adobe Walls District. He mentored and helped many Scouts obtain the rank of Eagle. In 1981 he was awarded Scouting’s Silver Beaver award.
He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3558.
His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing, camping and reading. He was always there to help out family and friends.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Alice Klataske, Lillian Loth, Alma Lemmon, and Marguerite Kostal; brothers; Jake, Ivan, Warren, and Vincent Keller.
Survivors include his wife, Adelaide; children, Kent Keller and wife Tammy of Brunswick, Georgia, Karyn Abbe and husband Bruce of Borger, and Kristi Winn and husband Richard of Saginaw, Texas; two grandsons, Kelly Richards of Borger and friend Loren Teague, Kristopher Richards and wife Erin of College Station; sisters-in-law; Wilma Keller of Beatrice, Nebraska and Lucille Meier of Aurora, Nebraska, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers his memory may be honored with a gift to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131; Boy Scout Troop 548, PO Box 1540, Fritch, Texas 79036 or Boy Scout Troop 507, 722 Skyline, Borger, Texas 79007 or to St. John Catholic Church, 201 St. John’s Road, Borger, Texas 79007.
Dear Adelaide, Karyn and Bruce,
What a rich and noble earthly life Walter had! And everyone loved him! He is now with the Lord! We hope to meet him one day. We continue to pray with great love.
Luidita (Lou) GarciaHuntsville, AL
Mrs. Keller, Kent, Karyn, Kristi, Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Mr. Keller was a man worthy of much respect. You, his family are a telling legacy of a the results that come from a lifetime spent in the warmth of a great man, basking in his love and positive influence. I cannot be at the service, but please know I am with you all in spirit, and I am lifting you in prayer to the throne of grace for comfort, rest, and God's overriding peace that passes all understanding. What a blessing it is to rest in the assurance of God's promise of eternal life. Blessings to you all my friends.
David DacusBorger, TX
Our thoughts and pray's are with his family at this time of grief. My mother talked highly of this family and I remember seeing Mr.& Mrs. Keller at church when I went with my grandma.
Terrie A StricklandFritch, TX
So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Walter was a good man and a blessing to all who were privileged to know him. He did so much for the community and was always willing to help in any way he could. May our Lord Jesus grant you peace, comfort and strength in your time of sorrow. Love, Louis and Kathy Dodson
Louis and Kathy DodsonFritch, TX
Kent, Karyn and Kristi, I was so saddened to hear of your dad's death. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Let the happy memories you have of him assist you and bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Debbie SniderMount Juliet, TN
Dear Keller Family, So very, very sorry to learn of your loss. Our prayers are with you. Sincerely, Clay and Rhonda Schroeder
Rhonda and Clay SchroederBorger, TX
Mrs. Keller and Family,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God's promise and each other. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless you all.
Sarah Taylor HerronFritch, TX
We were so sorry to hear about Walt. He has touched so many lives and hearts. Your family is in our prayers.
Jerry and Peggy NewcombFritch, TX
We are so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great man and did a LOT for the city of Fritch! Prayers for you all that God will bring you the comfort only He can bring.
Guy and Danna RowhAmarillo, TX
Mr Keller was a gentle and kind man,the impact he had on our community is boundless. Our sympathy and prayers. June and Kathy Adams
Kathy AdamsGrapevine, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
Donald MacAhanAmarillo, TX
Delene and I would like offer our condolences. May the Lord bless you and comfort you in this time. We love ya.
Jonathan & Delene DouglasFritch, TX
God bless you Walt. God bless your family. Rest well thy good and faithful servant. I will always remember Walt and how he touched the heart of every boy that he encountered. Rest well, my friend!
Dee McGeheeAmarillo, TX