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KELLER, George Leo

January 26, 1921 – near Cosine, SK
April 25, 2014 – Calgary, AB

George Keller passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the age of 93 years.

George grew up on the family homestead with nine brothers and sisters. He married Marie Ruth September 1, 1941, farming in the Provost area as they began raising their family of eight children. In 1950, they moved to Castor, Alberta where George began his life-long career with the United Grain Growers Limited and its affiliate, United Feeds. This career moved George and Marie and the family to Camrose and finally to Calgary, where he retired in 1983.
George lived for and was devoted to his family, Church and music. His happiest moments were spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His faith was an integral part of his life as he grew up as an altar server and then shared his musical talents singing in the Church choir which he continued to do for as long as he was able. George played the accordion with his brothers for country dances in his younger years. As he raised his family, many Sunday afternoons were spent with the family gathered around the piano or accordion engaging in a harmonic sing along
George is survived by seven children, Don Keller (Dianne); Marlene Vilcsak; Carole Zaharia (Orest); Thomas Keller; Patricia Wasylik (Larry); George Keller Jr. (Kim); Armella Gulley (Charles); daughter-in-law Barb Keller; eighteen grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Tony Keller, and many nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his loving wife, Marie Keller, son, Ken Keller, son-in-law, George Vilcsak, and daughter-in-law, Grace Keller.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Elaine Bland and her clinic associates for the exceptional and compassionate care they provided for George over the past several years.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (835 Northmount Drive N.W.) on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through If family and friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of your choice.

In living memory of George Keller, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Brenda (Bain) Kneller :

    To All Members of the Keller Family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences in the passing of George. Our memories of him are of visits from Shauna’s grandpa . He was also a good friend to my dad, Pat Bain, during his years in Castor. May he rest in God’s peace.
    Love and prayers ,
    Brenda and Dave Kneller & Family
    Patricia Bain

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  2. Margaret Gilbert :

    There will be many memories that will stay alive, that’s for sure. Over the years, we’ve shared many laughs, here and in Arizona. He lived a full life and now has his rest. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with my cousins today.

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  3. Marilynn Sander :

    Sincere sympathy to the family of George as we are saddened to hear of his passing. Our family (Joe & Mildred Nichols Clan) and yours had many happy times together. Our prayers and love are with you.

    Al & Marilynn (Nichols) Sander

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  4. I remember meeting Mr. Keller as a teenager while chumming around with Ken and his then girlfriend Barb, my best friend. Then meeting him again a few years ago. What a life he lived and a good influence on the World. What a lovely family he had. I also remember going to many dances where he and his brothers played. What fun and what talent. My heart and prayers go out to all his family at this sad time.

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  5. Mr. Keller was a very special man and will be dearly missed. He was my godfather and our families had so much fun growing up in Castor. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.

    JoAnne (Nichols) Kerr and family

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  6. Jeanne (Bain) Berg :

    I have such fond memories of time spent with your family, the Christmases we spent together, the crowd of us, the fun, the big white crib being hauled back and forth between our families as the new arrivals in each family occurred . I am sorry to know that your dad has passed. He was a good man, and a good friend of my dads. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  7. Chris, Lee-Anna and the Gabber Boys :

    Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you all and your loved one today and always. I will fondly remember Uncle George by his example; a life of service, love, compassion and excellence. May he rest in peace.

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  8. Darrell and Debbie Dixon :

    “Those we love don’t go away,
    they walk beside us every day.
    Unseen, unheard,
    but always near,
    so loved, so missed,
    so very dear.” (unknown)

    To the Keller Family;
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories of Uncle George to forever hold in your heart.
    All our Love,
    Darrell and Debbie Dixon

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  9. Sylva Nathanson :

    Dear George and Kim,
    I am not sure if you remember who I am, but when I read about your father passing away, I wanted to write you and extend to you and your family my condolences.

    We worked together at the parole office many years ago and I remember lots of laughs and good times.

    Once again, I am sorry for your loss.


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