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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1923

JUDGE I. W. KELLER CALLED BY DEATH

Passed Away Yesterday in Omaha,
Funeral Will be Held Friday Afternoon at M. E. Church.

Civil War Flags.jpg A message was received yesterday evening by Hon. F. E. SHELDON announcing the death of Judge I. W. KELLER, who passed away shortly after noon yesterday at the home of his daughter in Omaha. The body will be brought to Mount Ayr and the funeral will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. W. B. THOMPSON, assisted by Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL.

Announcement of the death of Judge KELLER did not come as a surprise, for he had been in feeble health for several years and for many months had been practically helpless. He was born in Boyle county, Ohio, September 29, 1828, and was therefore aged ninety-one years, six months and four days. His death marks the passing of another pioneer settler of Ringgold county and a man who during his long residence of more than sixty years in the county exercised a powerful influence for good. He came to the county in 1855 and located near old Eugene, where he followed farming for three years and then moved to Mount Ayr and begun reading law. He was admitted to the bar in 1860 and began the practice of his profession in Mount Ayr. In 1862 he enlisted in Company G, Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry and was sent south on the Mississippi river. He was commissioned first sergeant and in June 1864, was promoted to second lieutenant of his company, in which rank he served until May, 1865, when he was discharged on account of disability. After receiving his discharge he returned home and for five years was associated with W. T. LAUGHLIN in the practice of law. He then returned to the farm, where he remained for three years, and then returned to Mount Ayr and engaged in the lumber trade, which he followed until 1879. In 1882 he resumed the practice of law, which he followed successfully for many years. Judge KELLER served the county in several different offices and always with fidelity. In 1859 he was appointed treasurer to complete an unexpired term and in the fall of the same year was elected county judge, was re-elected to the same office in 1861 and resigned in 1862 to enter the army. In 1865 he was again elected county judge for a two-year term and in 1867 was nominated for county judge and also for state senator, be declined the former nomination and was elected to the state senate, in which position he served with distinction. In 1872 he was elected member of the board of supervisors and served one term of three years. In 1879 he was re-elected state senator and after completing his term of service resumed the practice of law. Judge KELLER also filled a number of city and township offices.

Judge KELLER was a man of sterling honesty, a true patriot and throughout his long and useful life commanded the admiration and respect of his fellow men.

FUNERAL of JUDGE I. W. KELLER.

The body of Judge I. W. KELLER, whose death at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. W. YOUNG, in Omaha, Neb., was mentioned in last week's issue of the Record-News, was brought to Mount Ayr Thursday evening, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Day DUNNING and Mr. and Mrs. W. W. YOUNG, and the funeral was held Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the Methodist church, being conducted by Dr. D. W. THOMPSON, assisted by Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL. The funeral was largely attended by older residents of the county who came to pay their last tribute of respect to one whose influence for good was felt throughout the county during his long residence of more than sixty years in the county. The funeral address was made by Doctor THOMPSON, who served as pastor of the local church for a number of years. Tribute was paid to the sterling qualities of the deceased, who was ever known as a loyal and patriotic citizen; a good man; upright in his dealings, faithful in the discharge of every obligation; constant in attendance and loyal in devotion to the church.

Relatives who attended from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Day DUNNING and Mr. and Mrs. YOUNG of Omaha, Dr. and Mrs. W. L. DUNNING of Ottumwa, Curt KELLER and son Harold, of Des Moines, Mr. and Mrs. Will M. WRIGHT of Des Moines, Mr. and Mrs. Will M. WRIGHT of Des Moines, J. E. DOZE and son Lynn of Humeston, Mrs. ADAIR of Diagonal, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac W. TALLEY and daughter, Miss Jessie, of Diagonal, Mrs. Curt WILLEY of Delphos and two nephews of Allerton.

Card of Thanks.

To the friends of Judge KELLER and family. We want to thank you for all the many courtesies and deeds of kindness extended to us on the occasion of the funeral of our father and grandfather.
MR. AND MRS. DAY DUNNING.
MR. AND MRS. W. W. YOUNG.
MR. AND MRS. W. M. WRIGHT.
S. C. KELLER.
HAROLD KELLER.
LYNN DOZE.
MR. AND MRS. W. L. DUNNING.

NOTE: Rachel KELLER, wife of Judge KELLER, was born on November 28, 1833, and died on September 4, 1916. Rachel and Judge KELLER were interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. The town of Kellerton was named after Judge KELLER in 1879.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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