ROBERT ANDREW KELLER
KELLER, ROBERT ANDREW, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 surrounded by family at Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Ky. He was born July 4, 1929 to Arlie and Genevieve Keller in Alpena, Mich. Bob was a former Catholic priest who married Madolin Witte and became a loving step-father to her nine children. After Madolin’s passing, he married Kate Oldham Keller and embraced her three children as well. Bob was lovingly known as “Papa” by his adopted children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bob lived a full life as Beloved fellow seminarian, seminarian for Mexican apostolate, Cursillo leader, Professor of Sociology at Hanover College, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend, author, storyteller, philosopher…lover of simplicity. Bob’s current Trinitarian beliefs encompassed the message of Psalm 82, and his words “rocking is the only form of prayer I believe in” and “you are an Unrepeatable Miracle.” Bob is survived by his wife Kate (Oldham Jenkins), his three brothers Martin, Joe (Ruth) and Jim (Charlotte), and his twelve children: Jeff Witte (Leslie), Joan Evans, Rick Witte, Rob Witte (Joanne), Mike Witte, Madolin Witte-Freymuller (Chris), David Witte (Kathy), Doug Witte (Julie) and Paul Keller (Lyn), Liz Dillon (Thadd), Ed Jenkins (Julie) and Katherine Jenkins.
Donations in Bob’s honor may be made to The Heifer Project, (www.Heiferfoundation.org), the mission of this organization one in which he believed.
A memorial celebration will be held in Alpena, Mich. on Saturday, July 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church.