Ted Keller, 1930-2019

Ted E. Keller, 89, of LaPorte, IN, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

He was born Feb. 26, 1930, in LaPorte to the late George and Mary (Lizak) Keller.

Ted attended LaPorte High School and Union #1485 Building Trades School and was a carpenter. He was employed by Oscar C. Knoll and Sons for 18 years. Then he and his wife owned and operated the Bottle Shop and Ted’s Package Liquor (Bottle Shop Two), and Keller’s Hand Car Wash and Detail Shop with his son. Ted was a charter member of Maple City Lions, where he served as treasurer, and a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, where he was an usher, money counter, and on the funeral dinner committee. He served his country in the United States Army in the Engineering Corps during the Korean War. He never said no to helping friends or neighbors with projects and he enjoyed traveling to Arizona and California. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

On Sept. 15, 1956, in LaPorte, Ted married Dolores F. (Schmidt), who survives.

Ted is also survived by three daughters, Karen (Scott) Prosser of LaPorte, Gail (Bruce) Tilling of LaPorte, and Nancy Felix of Mesa, AZ; two sons, David (Debra) Keller of LaPorte and Todd Keller of LaPorte; three grandchildren, Jessica Lofberg, Joshua (Emily) Tilling and Nicholas (Sarah) Tilling; four great-granddaughters, Autym, Joyce, Alice and Evelyn; and a sister, Irene Maury of Simpsonville, SC.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward and Stanley Keller; and a son-in-law, Martin Felix.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at St. Peter Catholic Church in LaPorte. Reverend Ian Williams will officiate. Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte, with Military Honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Scipio Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1105 W. 250 S, LaPorte, IN 46350; or Heart to Heart Hospice, 402 Wall St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

3 Responses to “Ted Keller, 1930-2019”

  1. Edward Ahlgrim

    Sep 06. 2019

    Sorry for your loss Dee. I knew Ted more when he lived on Virg Ave. I would have called but I am laid up at Brentwood

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  2. David & Debra Keller

    Sep 06. 2019

    Dad always a trooper to the end. You made us so proud to be in your family circle. The holiday dinners filled with laughter, great food and stories to fill our memory books. We will miss so many things about you; the chicken soup, pickles and sauerkraut from your passed down family recipes. Thank you for enriching our lives for so many years. We love and miss you already. Heaven is reaping the rewards of your entrance; We will cherish all the woodworking items created with your skilled hands and branded with your name, forever and beyond. The best of our love to you. David and Debra

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  3. Jean smith

    Sep 08. 2019

    Dave so sorry for your loss

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