JOPLIN, Mo. —
Alvin G. Keller, age 86, of Joplin, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at his home following a short illness.
Alvin was born on Dec. 10, 1926 in Wadena, Minn., the son of the late John and Lena (Ziells) Keller. He served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II. During his service to his country he was awarded a Purple Heart. He lived in the Kansas City area where he owned and operated Grandview Linoleum & Tile Company for over 40 years. After retirement he moved to Joplin. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 534 in Joplin. He was an avid gardener, fisherman and hunter. He loved the outdoors.
He married Imogene "Jeanine" Bowen-Jackson on Feb. 11, 1976. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2010.
He is survived by one son, Steven Keller and his fiancé, Rebecca Smith, Webb City, Mo.; one daughter, Kathy S. McCulloch, Butler, Mo.; one stepson, James Jackson and wife, Barbara, Wichita, Kan.; one stepdaughter, Debbie Van Meter and husband Frank, Independence, Kan.; his 98 year old aunt, Lucy Brasel, Perham, Minn.; one sister, Zella Drake, Hibbing, Minn.; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Pastor Ron Humphries and Pastor Roger Hasselquist will officiate. Burial will be in Osborne Cemetery. The pallbearers will be family members. The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, immediately following the K.C. Chiefs game, at the mortuary.
Arrangements are the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Online condolences may be made at www.masonwoodard.com