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Richard D. Keller

Died: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Age: 80
Richard D. Keller, 80, of Houghton Lake, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 following an 18 month battle with cancer.

Richard was born on November 16, 1927 in Almont to the late Cleo and Bertha (Gittings) Keller. He was married in Capac on November 18, 1963 to Marianne McCoy.

Richard worked in Electrical Line Construction for Harlan Electric until his retirement. He had been an active member of the Mussey Twp. Fire Department for over 18 years and a Little League coach in Capac for 30 years.

He was a member of the Houghton Lake Baptist Church and was an avid sportsman especially enjoying bowling and golf. The couple had moved to Houghton Lake from Capac 14 years ago.

Surviving Mr. Keller are his loving wife of 44 years, Marianne of Houghton Lake; three daughters, Laurie (Terry) Murphy of Riley, Tamara (Art) Czachowski of Smith Creek, and Robin Talbot of Brown City; six sons, Gerald (Diana) Withun of Capac, Darrell (Lori) Withun of Capac, Dale (Linda) Keller of Port Huron, Bradley (Laura Lee) Keller of Cheyenne, Wyoming, James (Beth) Keller of Oakland, and Tom (Sara) Keller of Frankenmuth; 30 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Wilson of Gladwin and Ruth (Maynard) Oxyer of Columbiaville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 24 at Houghton Lake Baptist Church with Pastor Stephen Milam officiating. Interment took place in Denton Twp. Cemetery, Prudenville, MI.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Houghton Lake Baptist Church Building Fund.

Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel served the family.
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