Kenneth Keller

Kenneth Keller

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Funeral Mass for Kenneth "Ken" Keller, 76 of Dickinson, will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Dickinson, with Monsignor Thomas Richter celebrating.

Visitation for Ken will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 11, 2020 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson with a Rosary and Vigil Service taking place at 6:00 p.m.

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Surrounded by his loving family, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher, coach, mentor, and friend, Kenneth Keller lost his battle to cancer on September 8, 2020.

Ken was born on November 20, 1943 to George and Dorothy Keller and was raised in Dickinson, North Dakota. Ken attended grade school at St. Joseph’s School until the eighth grade. He then attended Crosier Seminary in Minnesota, and after two years, he returned to ND and graduated from New England St. Mary’s. He attended Dickinson Teacher’s College and earned a degree in English/Education. Before Ken even finished college, Trinity offered him a teaching position, and thus began his never ending loyalty to the ‘Titan Nation’.

It was during this time that he met “his angel”, LaVonne Hatzenbuhler. They married in 1963, and together they had four children: DeLana, Brian, Trish, and Jennifer. Ken was always so proud of his children and grandchildren, and he instilled in them a strong work ethic, unwavering faith, and a fierce determination to see
things through to the bitter end, which was apparent the past nine months.

Never really ‘retiring’, Ken kept substitute teaching at Trinity, South Heart, and Killdeer. He proudly told everyone that he had started 70 first days of school, and he wanted nothing more than to start the year 2020 in the classroom, but this year, it’ll be in heaven. He was truly one of the lucky ones who always said he didn’t work a day in his life because he loved teaching and coaching kids. Throughout these years, he touched many lives and always enjoyed hearing from former students and colleagues. He spent 23 summers as the Umpire-in-Chief at the Gress Complex, so it was fitting when he was presented with a plaque as “The Enforcer” on Diamond 3. As an athletic director, he earned many awards throughout his career including athletic director of the year numerous times. He was also proud to be inducted into the North Dakota Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. This past July, Ken was honored when Trinity dedicated the Ken Keller Court in his name. After working there for as long as he did, he felt that longevity and loyalty truly mattered.

Ken enjoyed fishing, golfing, watching sports, going for rides, listening to 50s music, but nothing more than spending time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, LaVonne; his children, DeLana (Rick) Boll; Brian (Ann) Keller; Trish (Patrick) Martin; Jennifer (Gene) Clark; grandchildren, Ashley (Nick) Leintz; Mack (Michelle) Keller, Brady and Courtney Boll, Oakley, Maguire, and Rivers Martin; Easton Clark; great-grandchildren, Cullen and Harper Leintz; brothers; Maynard (Linda), Ron (Edna), and Darin (Nancee), several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends too numerous to mention. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Trinity High School Athletic Department, Killdeer High School, or South Heart High School.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, September 11th, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Stevenson Funeral Home - Dickinson
    2067 1st Street West
    DICKINSON, ND 58601
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 12th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Saturday, September 12th, 2020 9:30am
    Queen of Peace Catholic Church
    725 12th Street West
    DICKINSON, ND 58601
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mariah ralston deragon

Posted at 12:52pm
My deepest condolences to LaVonne, Trish, and the rest of the family. I only met Ken a handful of times, but he made a big impression. He had a twinkle in his eye. ☺️
Blessings to you all.

Todd Lefor

Posted at 01:48pm
I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?
- Final line from the movie “Stand by Me.”

I think about that line when I think about high school. Sure, many of us have friends, deep bonds, soulmates even. But it’s not really the same. High school is so deeply embedded in each of us. Is there any other four-year period in your life that you have such vivid memories?

The tears. The heartbreaks. The Joys. The excitement. The laugher. My god the laughter. Everything is so new and we are at the precipice of our ability to learn and take in the world. Confidence begins to peak out from behind the curtain of peer pressure and fitting in.

Through it all, we take our cues from those around us. Together as classmates, we grow with a common bond, and a common way of looking at things. Those woefully underappreciated and mis-classified people we label simply as “teachers” frame our problem solving and reasoning skills. They also frame our attitudes. I was lucky enough to have one of those teachers, who later in life, I realized had shaped me in subtle and different ways.

As a gregarious and insecure teen, I didn’t relate well to teachers who commandeered their classrooms with lecture and discipline. Even though I didn’t appreciate the subject, and didn’t excel in it, English class was different.

Even now when I think about walking up to that second-floor classroom, I find that my hunched shoulders fall back, the crease in my forehead disappears and a side smirk appears on my face.

I wasn’t particularly close with this teacher, and as I said I wasn’t a great student but all the same I knew this class was different. It had an intangible. It had a personality that resonated and an attitude that sticks with me. Every one of my classmates would agree.

He wasn’t perfect, and it’s not like he got along with everyone. He wasn’t a magician that could turn spoiled milk into ice cream. (every class has their share of spoiled milk)

But he had personality. Such a strong presence that the administration and staff found themselves aligning themselves with his easygoing nature. He wasn’t your buddy, but again he kind of was. I’ve had many teachers, great teachers even, but very few that would start a class with:

Does anyone know if (Superintendent) Dr. Haney is here today? I heard he was in Bismarck for a conference. Yea… cause my last class is at 2 and it’s such a beautiful day that I’m going to grab my golf clubs and go golfing. OK… OK… back to work, let’s do this stuff (English lecture begins)

His name has been synonymous with Trinity High School for nearly all of its existence. Referring to him as a “Titan” has always been confusing to me. He is THE Titan. He IS Trinity. You see his attitude to this day in its existing administration and staff… just ask them. They'll reflect and tell you yea… I learned that from him.

Today, in just a few minutes, we say goodbye to him.

It’s laughable to think that we’ll possibly forget him. We can’t. There are generations of people who have gone through the school doors who reflect his attitude and personality. The school will go on, and it will forever be a reflection of who he was.

I Emceed a banquet for Trinity High School a few years back where I had the opportunity to introduced him. After the requisite formal accolades, I noted to the audience that in spite of his distinguished resume, I playfully suggested that “To me, I think of him as the teacher who gave me a “C” in English.”

When he reached the podium, he drew a breath and gave out a sigh. He looked at me and said “The ‘C’ was a gift.”

No sir. Respectfully. You were the gift

Jana Schweigert

Posted at 01:23pm
My deepest sympathies to Ken's family. I teach music in South Heart and it was always a pleasure when Ken was in the building subbing, bringing along his trusty speaker and iPad to play his favorite 50s and 60s music during the day. He and I had many wonderful chats about rock music and he taught me a new appreciation for the BeeGees! He will be missed.

Paul Kranz

Posted at 09:32am
My thoughts and prayers are with the Keller family. Ken is missed. A friend forever,

Paul Kranz
Bismarck, ND

Mike Booke

Posted at 08:36am
Our condolences to the Keller family the world has lost another great man.He was a true coach and teacher to the end not only with words but especially with his actions. I don’t know a person who did not like Mr. Keller and though I was not a student in his classroom he taught me many things for years just being around him .Always loved how well he took care of things especially his cars. he was a great man and will be missed by many.They always say you can judge a man by his children He and Lavonne should be very proud. Mike and Connie Booke

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