Earl Otto Keller, 87


Earl Otto Keller, 87, of Hartford, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at the Samaritan Home.

He was born on June 5, 1925, in the town of Polk to Paul and Elva (nee Loos) Keller. After high school, he began his career in trucking. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and after discharge continued a career in trucking, retiring from West Bend Transit. He was a member of Teamsters. Earl enjoyed doing word searches and playing cards with family.

He is survived by his wife Martha and his children, Minnie (Bill) Richardson, Jean (Ron) Erstad, John (Ann) Keller, Terry Keller, and Rose Keller. He is further survived by his grandchildren: Debbie Westenberger, Ron, Angie, Curtis, and Corey Erstad, Kristie, Jason, and Scott Keller, Brad, Amy, Mike, Adam, Tobey and Nathan Keller, and Jamie Sabo; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Gary, and brothers, Clyde and Leroy.

The funeral service for Earl will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 24, 2012, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive) with Chaplain Cheryl Matusiak presiding.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Slinger. Memorials to the Samaritan Home or Autumn Oaks would be appreciated.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care.