GAMBIER — Homer Dale Keller, 86, of New Gambier Road, Gambier, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at the Heartland of Centerburg surrounded by his loving family.
He was born March 2, 1923, in Morrow County to the late Walter and Josephine (Tucker) Keller. Homer served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired in 1978 after 30 years of employment with the United States Post Office. In addition to the post office, Homer and his wife, T. Jean, owned and operated Locust Springs Farm from 1952 until 1972.
Although Homer worked at the post office, he was a farmer at heart and enjoyed showing his antique tractors at the Knox County Fair and local farm festivals. He was a 50-year member of the Knights of Pythias, an original member of the Gambier Volunteer Fire Department and the Gambier Fishing Club. Homer also belonged to the Epworth United Methodist Church and the Knox County Agricultural Museum.
He is survived by his two sons, Thomas (Frank Lynch) Keller of Gambier and Richard (Linda) Keller of Gambier; five grandchildren, Mitzi (Mike) Behnke, Nicole (Michael) Smith, Rian Keller, Natalie (Jon) Nance and Zachary Keller; four great-grandchildren, Vivian Behnke, Caroline Behnke, Lilian Jean Smith and Norah Smith; a brother, Francis (Naomi) Keller of Mount Vernon; a sister, Martha Jean Perkins of Mount Vernon; niece, April Perkins; nephew, Jerry Cowill; and many other nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, T. Jean Keller, whom he married on Oct. 9, 1944; and two brothers, Russell Keller and Richard Keller.
Friends may call Friday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Keith Stuart will be officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Gambier.
The family wishes to thank Acclaim Hospice and a special thank you to the staff of Heartland of Centerburg for the excellent and attentive care Homer received the last four years.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox County Agricultural Museum, P.O. Box 171, Mount Vernon, OH 43010; and can be left at the funeral home. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Homer Dale Keller.