Bobby Dale Keller, age 87, of Farber, passed away at 12:27 p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Mo. A Visitation was held on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 3-5 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia. A Service was held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Farber Presbyterian Church. Officiating was the Rev. Dana Slavin. Music was provided by Shirley Stubblefield - pianist. Interment took place in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors. Pallbearers were nephews Dwayne Reading, James Reading, Edward Reading, Howard Reading, Darwyn Pease, and Larry Pease. Honorary Pallbearers were Bob Foree, George Carlson, and Randy Pease. Bobby Dale Keller was born on September 3, 1929 in Vandalia; the son of William Carl and Edna Alice (Smith) Keller. He married Carol Elaine Haverich on September 17, 1955 in Vandalia; she survives at the home. He grew up in the Vandalia area and was a 1947 Vandalia High School graduate. After high school, Dale worked as a farmhand for a few years before being drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He served his country for nearly two years and then returned to Vandalia where he started working at Harbison-Walker Refractories. Dale worked primarily as a machinist and retired on January 3, 1992 after 37 years at Harbison Walker. He was a longtime member of the Farber Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an elder. Dale enjoyed hunting, spending time in the "Hundred Acre Woods," reading, and tinkering with do-it-yourself projects. Survivors include his wife Carol, of Farber; two sons, Martin D. and wife Dana (Evans) Keller, of Mexico, Mo. and Todd A. and wife Dana (Aggeler) Keller, of Farber; one sister, Helen Pease, of Vandalia; five grandchildren, Lauren A. Keller, Gabrielle N. Keller, Devyn R. Keller, Mylee R. Keller, and Slade W. Keller; also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sheila Loreece Keller; parents; step-father, Fred Epperson; four brothers, Mayo Keller, Roy Keller, Melvin Epperson, and Leo Keller, who died in infancy; and one sister, Doris Reading. Memorials are encouraged to the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico or to the Farber Presbyterian Church.
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