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Robert Anthony Keller, 83, of Tintah, MN, passed away on September 12, 2018, at Touchmark in Fargo, ND, after a seven-month battle with brain cancer. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2018, at St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Tintah, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2018, at St. Gall’s Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior to the funeral. Father Jeremy Phloof and Father Andrew Marthaler will be officiating, and the burial will be at St. Gall’s Catholic Cemetery.
Robert was born in Tenney, MN, on April 15, 1935, the son of Nicholas and Mary (Koziol) Keller. After graduating from Tintah High School in 1953, he began working with his father on the family farm. On May 18, 1955, Robert entered the United States Army, and he was stationed in Germany. During his time in the service, he received a Sharpshooter/Good Conduct medal. On March 13, 1957, he was honorably discharged.
Upon returning home, Robert continued working on the family farm and on November 13, 1957, he was united in marriage to Carol Umland at St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Tintah. The couple made their home in Tintah and raised their family while Robert partnered with his brothers, Marvin and Basil, to successfully run a farming operation.
Robert was a man of strong character; he believed in hard work, giving more than you took, and having a strong faith in the Lord. With these convictions at heart, Robert brought humor, quick wit, and a generous spirit to those who knew him. He enjoyed activities such as fishing, golfing, and hunting. He could also be found playing cards, dancing, singing in the church choir, and spending time with his loved ones. Robert was known for wearing long johns all year around. Building connections and relationships with people around him was one of the most valuable things to Robert; he was a good man who lived well. He taught his family how to live better and be better.
Robert will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Carol Keller of Tintah; children, Kristy (Mitch) Nielson of Rock Springs, WY, Lori (Kirk) Beckius of Horace, ND, Cynthia Keller of Anaheim, CA, Scott Keller of Anaheim, and Melissa (Andrew) Schmitt of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Stefanie, Brett, Karissa, Jordan, Eric, Nate, and Ben; great-grandchildren, Owen, Finn, Ellie, Camden, and Claire; siblings, Basil, Lloyd, Richard, Gerald, Donald, Gladys Braun and Ardis Arhalt.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Mary Keller; siblings, Marvin, Roger, and Judy Voss; and children, Robert Edward and Julie Hege.