Kenneth Keeler Death, Obituary – Kenneth Dale Keeler, who was 84 years old and lived in Loveland, Colorado, will be laid to rest on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 1 p.m. at God’s Country Cowboy Church, which is located at 5505 W. Eisenhower Blvd in Loveland, Colorado 80538. On February 6, 2023, Ken returned to his heavenly home to be with his Lord and Savior.
His family was with him when he passed away. In the rural region of upstate New York where he was born, his parents Clifford and Althea Keeler ran a farm, and his mother was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. His parents were also migrant workers. Ken’s early childhood was spent moving around a lot because his parents followed the harvest of crops all over the southeastern United States. Ken married Cherie Ann Thomann in 1960.
He first applied to an apprenticeship program with Toledo Scale, which he was accepted into, and then he went to work for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York. In 1970, Ken and Cherie moved to Loveland, Colorado, after receiving a transfer from Eastman Kodak to the state of Colorado. Ken jumped at the opportunity to spend more time with his family and in his community when Kodak offered him the chance to retire earlier than the typical age of 65.
He contributed countless hours to the community of Loveland by serving as a volunteer driver for SAINTS, constructing sets for community musicals, and developing community-based initiatives to feed the city’s homeless population. Ken was an accomplished fly fisherman and hunter, and he cherished time spent in nature. He had a lot of experience working with wood and would make things like furniture and toys for his loved ones and friends.
He was known for his unflinching faith in Jesus, his dry sense of humor, and his generosity toward others. In 2019, he had his book, “Never Pee on an Electric Fence,” which was a collection of short stories from his childhood growing up in upstate New York. Loveland Lions Club held a special place in Ken’s heart, and he had been a member of the organization for the past 28 years. Up until the very end of his life, he remained an active member of the club.
In addition to that, he had been a member of the First Christian Church for his entire life and had been a Mason for fifty years. He is survived by his son Dan Keeler of Loveland, Colorado, and his daughter Dawn (Robert) Todd of Loveland, Colorado. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Holly (Mike) Day of Spearfish, South Dakota; Kelly (Zack) Hatcher of Longmont, Colorado; Ashley Hander of Denver, Colorado; Jordan (Shawn) Robertson of West Point, New York; and Orenda Halvorsen of Denver, Colorado. The Viegut Funeral Home is responsible for providing these services.