On August 31, 2018 in the twilight of the Arizona morning, Raymond D. Keller, Sr, 81,
left this world, his pain, and his failing body.
Ray was born on January 16, 1937 in Lewisburg, Ohio to parents John H Sr and Marie
(Baker) and was a 1955 graduate of Jefferson High School, New Paris, Ohio. Learning
the family trade of masonry from the early age of 12, he worked his craft until he moved
on to general construction later in his career until retiring in 2008. Ray always took pride
in his work and he always stood by his word. He was an honest, stern, but caring man
that one always knew where they stood and he was liked by many for these traits. Much
of his work can still be seen today throughout Richmond, New Paris, Sun Lakes and the
surrounding areas. Through the years Ray was a member and held positions with various
community, civic, and church organizations and sat on numerous building committees.
Ray loved to watch sporting events, live or 3 at a time on television, bowled, golfed, had
the love of Model T’s/A’s, traveling, family visits, fishing for Barracuda in Marathon,
and was ALWAYS up for a good game of euchre.
Ray married Nan(Lowry) on March 03, 1956 and even though they divorced in 2002, she
was his caregiver until his end of life.
Ray was the proud father of 4 children, grandfather to 7, and great grandfather to 10. He
was always a driving force in all that they did or do in their careers and their lives from
work ethic, values, determination, and pride in craft to their sense of humor, or
Ray is survived by his ex-wife Nan, sons Phil (Lori) and Tim (Terri) and daughter Vi, Grandchildren Heidi, Ray, Michele, Constance, Phillip, Franki, Kacey and their combined 10 children, sisters June Arnett, Joyce Neanen, brother James, many nieces, nephews, and other family. Ray is preceded in Death by his parents, John Sr, and Marie, sister Betty Horrigan,brothers John Jr, Robert, Richard, and son Ray Jr. Cremation to take place with Bueler’s Mortuary of Chandler, AZ handling arrangements for the family. A Celebration of Life will be held at Central United Methodist Church, Richmond, Indiana in fellowship hall on October 21st, 1:00 pm luncheon/reunion of family/friends. Bring a dish to pass (meat/drinks provided) 2:30 pm Casual time of Remembrance to take place at 2:30 pm.