April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
L. Paul Keller, 81, Columbus
Paul was born on July 25, 1934 in Hope, Indiana to Keith and Edith (Powell) Keller. The third of 4 children, his siblings include Omer Keller who preceded him in death, Glen Keller with his wife Jane, as well as Mary Louise Crain with her husband Carlos.
He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1957 and then went to work for Cummins until his retirement. Afterwards he contracted for Cummins in Jamestown, NY; Rocky Mount, NC; and Walesboro, IN.
He met his sweetheart, Roberta Elmore and the couple was married on November 2, 1958 at the Broadway Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Married for 55 years, Paul and Bert raised their 3 children Steve, Linda, and Paula in Columbus, Indiana. Following which they also raised their nephew, Keith Keller, after the passing of his parents. In addition, the family also has an honorary daughter, Barbara Warner, who joined the Keller family when she was 14 years old. Bert preceded him in death on January 18, 2014.
In 1996, they moved into the house on Marr Road and Paul ensured the home was custom built to Bert's specifications. A farmer at heart, he and his grandchildren enjoyed driving the farm equipment and his lawnmowers no matter the temperature or weather when they came to visit.
Described by many as a "kindhearted man," Paul raised his family leading by example and instilling in them the values and knowledge needed to succeed.
As the soft spoken head of the Keller family he could always be found working hard behind the scenes for those he loved. Paul dedicated over 50 years to the fraternal organizations of the Masonic Lodge. He was also an active member of the Hope Moravian Church and Treasurer for the church cemetery for many years. Paul loved spending time with family and friends especially his grandchildren, and great grandchildren who quickly learned there was always an ice cream shop on the way to wherever they were going. He also enjoyed, go-carting with family and friends, tending his garden, Bible Study Fellowship and taking care of his cats.
Father of 5 Children & Partners: Steve and Piper Keller of Dallas TX, Linda and Terry DuVall of Dallas TX, Paula and Bill Compton of Columbus IN, Keith and Whitney Keller of Franklin IN, and Barbara Warner of Columbus IN.
Grandfather to 8: Michele and Natalie DuVall, Sheridan and Reece Keller, Aaron Compton and Emily Fleetwood, Logan and Colton Keller; Great Grandfather to 2: Zoe Fleetwood, and Isiah Rudicel Immediate family: Father and Mother, Keith and Edith Keller (both deceased); 3 Siblings and Partners: Omer Keller (Deceased), Glen and Jane Keller, and Mary Louise and Carlos Crain, In-Law's: Charles and Karen Elmore, Joseph Elmore, and Julia Blenkhorn.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hope Moravian Church, 202 Main Street Hope, IN. It will be officiated by Pastor Andy Kilps and followed by a graveside service; burial will be at the Hope Moravian Cemetery. Calling will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday July 8, 2016, Masonic Rights will be performed at 7:45 p.m. Additional calling hours are from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday July 9 at the church.
Arrangements are being made by Norman Funeral Home in Hope, IN.
Memorial contributions may be donated to CASA or Hope Moravian Cemetery Perpetual Fund.
A luncheon reception for the family and close friends will be held at the Hope Moravian Church immediately following the graveside service.
The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support.
Online condolences may be expressed to the Keller family at www.normanfuneralhome.net.[[In-content Ad]]
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