Vernon Keller, 88Vernon Henry Keller, 88, Red Wing, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Loving Residence.
Vernon Henry Keller, 88, Red Wing, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Loving Residence.
He was born on Oct. 26, 1923, in Minneapolis, to Lawrence and Frances (Justen) Keller. He attended Assumption Schools in Richfield. In 1942, his family moved to Rosemount where they farmed. On July 8, 1950, he married Hedy Ploszay at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Amery, Wis. They continued to farm in Rosemount, and in 1966, they moved to Vasa Township where they farmed until 1992.
Following his retirement, he gardened, which was his passion. He would share his produce with family and friends, especially potatoes. He was a member of the Church of St. Joseph; a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus, having attained 4th degree Knight; county treasurer of the National Farmers Organization; a member of Farmers Union; and was on the Calvary Cemetery board. He also volunteered at the Church of St. Joseph and enjoyed riding his golf cart.
He is survived by his wife, Hedy of Red Wing; children, James (Vernie) Keller of Vasa, Gregory Keller of Red Wing, Bernard (Debbra) Keller of Red Wing, Deborah (John) Althaus of Hager City, Jeffrey (Linda) Keller of Red Wing, and Jean (Gregg) Diercks of Red Wing; eight grandchildren, Joshua Knutson, Zachary Keller, Matthew Keller, Kendra Keller, Angela Diercks, Melissa Diercks, Tyler Diercks, and Emily Diercks; two step-grandchildren, Jeff Harden and Kristine Harden; three brothers, Father Lawrence Keller of St. Paul, Richard (Darlene) Keller of Rosemont, Raymond (LaWanda) Keller of Pine Island; one sister, Clarice Gergen of New Prague.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sister Lucy Keller
Mass of the Resurrection will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Church of St. Joseph, with Father Thomas M. Kommers presiding. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Vernon’s grandchildren. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, with a Knights of Columbus prayer service at 5 p.m. Visitation will also be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Memorials are preferred to Fairview Red Wing Hospice.
Online condolences can be sent at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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