Albert “Bert” Keller: 1956-2013
Mass of Christian Burial for Albert (Bert) Keller age 56, of Glencross, S.D., is set for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Timber Lake, S.D. Burial will be in the Keller Family Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, starting at 5 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Bert passed away Friday, Nov 15, 2013, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Albert “Bert” Peter Keller Senior was born Dec. 1, 1956, to Peter and Fauneil Keller in McLaughlin, S.D. Bert was raised on the family farm near Glencross. He attended grade school to the 6th grade in Glencross then completed his education at Timber Lake Public school, where he graduated in 1975. Thirty-seven years ago, Bert married his high school sweetheart Patricia Scherer on June 4, 1976, at Holy Cross Church in Timber Lake. They made their home on the Keller family farm where they raised their four sons: Perry, Albert Junior, Alex and Pierce.
Bert and his dad worked together farming, ranching and restoring automobiles. Throughout the years, all the boys helped their dad and grandpa on the farm, and in 2000 Perry returned home to work with Bert and Peter. Bert loved working with family and cherished the time he spent with all of them, especially preparing his famous barbeque ribs for special occasions. He had a passion for restoring classic autos and enjoyed hunting with friends and family, especially coyotes and mountain lions. A hard-worker all his life, Bert could always be counted on to help a friend or a neighbor in need whether it be fixing machinery or working cattle.
Bert is survived by his wife Patricia and their children Perry (Stacy), Albert Jr. (Bridget), Alex (Natasha), Pierce (Brianna Kunf), and Chasity Bowling; five grandchildren and one on the way, Bailey, Gabe, Albert III, Ian and Korbin; his parents Peter and Fauneil; four siblings, Suellen Keller, Lawrence (Lori) Keller, Marcie Keller, and Angela (Philip) Manuel; his mother-in-law Mary Lou Scherer; brothers-in-law, Joe (Sheila) Scherer, Dick (Renee) Scherer; sisters-in-law, Cindy (Steve) Gebhart, Marsha (Jerry) McAdams, Lenore (Jim) Smith; one uncle Baldwin Keller; three aunts Delila, Angeline and Etta Keller and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bert was preceded in death by his grandparents, Perry “Buck” and Eleanor Simpson, Peter Valentine and Katherine Keller and many aunts and uncles.
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