Mr. Kenneth Daniel Keller 86 of Edinburg, VA passed peacefully on December 20, 2019 at Winchester Medical Center, surrounded by loved ones, both in person and in thoughts and prayers.
At the request of Mr. Keller, services and burial will be conducted privately at a later date.
Mr. Keller was born March 13, 1933 a son of the late Harry & Pauline Rhodes Keller of Toms Brook, VA. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a brother Paul Keller, father of Dale Keller and Lisa Keller.
Mr. Keller married Gene Maphis Keller and they had four children: Barbara K. Johnson (Randy) of Assaria, KS; Diann K. Austin (John) of Falls Church, VA; Douglas M. Keller of Toms Brook, VA and K. David Keller (Susan) of Leesburg, VA and one step-granddaughter, Diana Angelilli. He loved watching them whether it was at a basketball game, concert, or other activity big and small. He was a very devoted father to not only his children but also cared for his step-children and extended family as if they were his own.
He later married the late Patsy Marie Bly Keller and gained three step-children: Tracey L. Powell, Teresa L. Hinkle (Ronnie), Christopher J. Lovegrove (companion Doris Jean Long) along with numerous step-grandchildren. Mr. Keller is survived by one sister Genevieve Bursey of Winchester and her children, Steve Bursey, Karen Barbour and the late Jim Bursey. Mr. Keller will be greatly missed by many, yet alive in the hearts of his family and friends forever.
Through all his adventures, he returned home to the Shenandoah Valley. He had a strong work ethic coupled with courage, innovation, and dedication. He held diverse jobs in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and other states. Early in his career, he helped build an automated mail system to deliver mail from the mail room to multiple floors of the Pentagon based on pins and other mechanics. More recently, others knew him as the owner of the Virginain Truck Center in Toms Brook, VA. He was always willing to take risks and lead others. He traveled throughout the United States and internationally. Along the way, he helped so many people professionally and became a life-long friend.
He didn’t start skiing until later in life, but he didn’t stop until the end. He started when his daughter Barbara was a ski instructor. One year after a convention in Texas, he met her in Utah where they blindly went up the mountain to experience the big slopes. Then stranded at the top of a mountain in bad weather, he met John McGee who has been at his side on the mountain ever since. The rest is Keller history. How many other 86-year-olds can you find putting on skis and tackling the slopes? He met a lot of friends out west and always enjoyed his multiple trips to Utah and his Alta ski resort every year.
Everything he loved, he wanted to share with others. He could be found listening to music and having conversations about different artists and music styles. As an avid outdoorsman, he was always ready for a hike, gardening, and other recreational activities. When he saw a place that he enjoyed, he wanted everyone else he knew to experience it too. This was especially true of the mountains in Utah. One of his happiest moments was having his four children together a few years ago at Alta, his beloved Utah ski resort. He capped off last ski season with an amazing dinner at the top of the mountain listening to wonderful music and enjoying the company of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to the Toms Brook Vol. Fire Department and Woodstock Vol. Rescue Squad.
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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mr. Keller.
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