Idaho State Journal, 01/10/13
CLEVELAND — Oral S. “Bud” Keller, 76, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.
He was born Feb. 17, 1936, in Mink Creek, Idaho, to Urias and Annie Andersen Keller. He was welcomed by 13 siblings. Bud grew up in Mink Creek and enjoyed playing softball and was a fast pitcher. He graduated from Preston High School in 1954. After graduation, he volunteered for the draft and served his country in the Army from 1955-56, most of the time in Germany.
He married his sweetheart, Shirley Forman, on June 21, 1957, in the Logan Temple. They have been married for 55 years.
After their marriage, he worked construction in the summers and for Knudsen’s meat packing in the winters. To make extra money, he would cut bean poles, shear sheep and trap. In 1966, he became employed by Utah Power and Light. He worked there until retirement. He also had a small family farm and dairy, where he taught his children to work. Many family home evenings were spent hauling rocks with a hot dog roast following.
He enjoyed riding horses, hunting, trapping and many other outdoor hobbies. He enjoyed all children and he especially loved his grandchildren and would often times have one tagging along with him.
Bud was always willing to help people out when he saw a need. He loved people and welcomed many into his family and home. He touched the hearts of everyone he met. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Cleveland; by four children, Kim (Wallace) Christensen of Mink Creek, Terri (Jerry) Petterborg of Preston, Quinn (Camille) Keller of Santaquin, Utah, Jeff Keller (Jennifer Brooks) of West Jordan, Utah; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and by a brother, Ronnie (Sharon) Keller of Riverdale, Idaho. He was preceded in death by a son, Ryan Keller, his parents, a granddaughter, Shakeara Petterborg Waldron and by 13 siblings.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Williams-Thatcher Ward LDS Church in Niter, Idaho. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East, Preston, Idaho, and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Mink Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Worm Creek Opera House or the Oneida Stake Academy. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com .