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Obituaries

Obituaries

Frank B. Keller Jr. 1920 - 2005 Topeka

Services for Frank B. Keller Jr., 84, Topeka, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel. Burial will follow in Mission Center Cemetery in Topeka.Mr. Keller died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Aldersgate Village in Topeka.He was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Lockwood, Mo., the son of Frank Beldon and Lillie Pyle Keller. He graduated from Lockwood High School in 1938. He attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, Mo. He attended Army Management School, Thornton College and Kansas State University. He moved to Topeka in 1993.Mr. Keller served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He received a field commission from General McArthur while serving in Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan. He worked in personnel management for government agencies in Missouri, Michigan, Illinois and Kansas. He was a civilian personnel officer at Fort Riley for 12 years and retired in 1975. He served as chairman of the Chicago Federal Personnel Council and was appointed chairman of a salary evaluation task force by the Riley County Board of Commissioners. He founded Keller Strings after his retirement. He was past president of Manhattan Toastmasters International and the Men's Garden Club. He was a deacon at First Christian Church and was active in Little League Baseball. He volunteered at Stormont-Vail Regional Hospital and Colmery O'Neal VA Medical Center, and was a member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Mr. Keller married Roslyn Ragan in 1947 in Kansas City, Kan. She died earlier.Survivors include a son, John, Lawrence; two daughters, Madelyn Yeo, Ukiah, Calif., and Paula Keller Smith, Topeka; a brother, Evan, Strafford, Mo.; and five grandchildren.Friends may call after noon Thursday at the chapel. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Assn., 515 S. Kansas Ave., Suite B-2, Topeka 66603.