|Leonard Lavaine Keeler
WALLACE - Leonard Lavaine Keeler of Wallace, passed away on Friday (Feb. 2, 2018). Known affectionately as “Bud, Grandpa, or Great Grandpa”, to those who knew him best, he was always surrounded by his family, including his final days.
His parting from our presence, while with deep sorrow and sadness, was declared a celebration as he joined his wife, Dorothie Lavilla Preston Keeler of over 60 years who pre-deceased him.
Born on February 10,1922 to Leonard and Bertha Keeler of 12 Mile Creek Road in Wallace. Bud spent his entire life in the Wallace and surrounding area.
His family of five children and their spouses; Suzann Keeler Lynch,(Stephen), Lynn Keeler (Gwynne), Robert Keeler (Diane), Rebecca Keeler Goodrich (Kris), and Jerry Keeler (Denise) along with 26 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren, and one very best friend and daytime companion, Marley (his golden retriever) were his world.
Pre-deceased by his three sisters; Neva Keeler Peck Wheeler, Jennie Keeler Meese Gillespie, and Dorothy Keeler, Bud also enjoyed his brother and sister- in- laws; Junior and Geraldine Gibson, Leo and Marie Zeh, Ebin and Joann Preston, and Lyle and June Preston. Along with many cousins of which he had many fond memories, he always remembered his upbringing on the 12 Mile Creek and the neighbors, especially as close as a brother, John Wilson.
His extended families; the Wallace Wesleyan Church, (70 years) the Wallace Fire Department, (50 years) the Mercury Aircraft and Meade Family, (32 years) the entire Wallace Community (95 years); always were part of who he was at the core of his being. His love of neighbors; Bill and Nancy Slayton, Bob and Mary Cooper, Bill and Beulah Hopkins, Otto and Hazel Chrysler, Leo and Elma Davis, Junior and Barb Luckenbach and many others knew Bud was always a phone call away. For 28 years Bud delivered “Meals on Wheels” to many local families in the surrounding neighborhood, he felt it was his way of giving back.
As a farmer all his life and to provide a better life for his family, Bud enjoyed over 32 years at Mercury Aircraft when he retired. His career was highlighted as Manager of the Model Shop and living the dream of re-experiencing flight under the direction of Joe Meade Jr. and his colleagues building the replica of the 1908 June Bug. In 1935 Bud and his father, were in a serious accident which forced Bud to leave school at the eighth grade and provide for the family. Many years later as an Adult Student, he graduated from Avoca Central School with his GED. It is important to note that all his children and grandchildren have received college degrees due to Bud and Dorothie’s support for higher education.
Known to many as the man who sat on his porch and would wave hello to every passerby, Bud spent his days loving his family and content to be in Wallace, his home.
Funeral services will be at the Wallace Wesleyan Church on February 17, 2018. Calling hours are 9:00-11:00 AM, Service and Committal at 11:00. A private family burial will be in the Avoca Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wallace Wesleyan Church or the Wallace Fire Department.
The Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St. in Avoca is honored to serve the f
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