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Kenneth Keller

November 20, 1943 — September 8, 2020

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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