OBITUARY ~ ROBERT EARL "BOB" KELLER
April 07, 1922 ~ April 24, 2012
Robert Earl KELLER, son of Cecil & Edna (STAHL) KELLER, was born April 7, 1922 near Diagonal, Iowa. He grew up at
Diagonal and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1940. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and served
in Africa. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
On April 4, 1942, Bob married Dorothy PACHA in Grant City, MO. After
the war, he farmed west of Diagonal for several years. He then changed jobs and began a long and rewarding career in the
trucking industry. He started as a dispatcher for Ruan Trucking, working his way up to District Manager. The family lived
in Omaha, NE and he would be transferred to Wisconsin and Illinois before returning back to Omaha. Bob advanced himself
by accepting the position of Vice-President of Operations with Truck Transport. Bob & Dorothy retired to Lebanon, MO but
he still worked part-time as a sales rep for River Cement. In 1992, they returned to southwest Iowa and settled in
Creston, Iowa. Bob was instrumental in heading up and participating in the KELLER Cemetery restoration project.
loved to fish and hunt. His yards were his pride and joy and he was awarded Yard of the Month in Creston. He kept up
his yard and it always looked beautiful. Bob was a member of Morris Herrold Post #395, American Legion, in Diagonal.
Bob passed away suddenly on April 24, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Leslie KELLER; grandson Bryan
CRADDOCK; son-in-law Paul CRADDOCK, Sr.; and sister Helen HORNER.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Keller of Creston; sons Clyde KELLER & wife Nancy
of Cocoa Beach, Florida and Ron KELLER & wife Terrie of Fayette, Utah; daughter Diane PIERCE & husband Eric of Flower
Mound, Texas; grandchildren Brandy RATLEY, Paul CRADDOCK, Jr., Tara KELLER and Stephanie BRIDGES; great-grandchildren
David RATLEY, Conor, Chase & Cloey CRADDOCK; brother-in-law Kenneth HORNER of Branson, MO; sister-in-law Margaret SWANK
of Lenox, Iowa; other relatives and friends.
His memorial fund will be for Morris Herrold Post 395 American Legion in Diagonal.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the United Church of Diagonal, with Pastor Edward SHIELDS
officiating. Musicians were Judy NEWTON and Shelly MASON.
Casket bearers included Paul CRADDOCK, Eric PIERCE,
Merle SWANK, Gary SWANK, Wayne WILSON and Greg HOGUE.
Honorary pallbearer was Charles (Mae) MOFFITT.
rites were by Morris-Herrold Post #395, American Legion, Diagonal.
Interment was made at
Bethel Cemetery in Diagonal.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2012
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