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Kurt Keller, 65, was born April 11, 1948 in Des Moines, to Milton and Jean Keller. He passed away November 4, 2013 at Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.
Kurt graduated from East High School in 1967 and attended Drake University where he received a bachelor's degree in both mathematics and music. Kurt proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. As a 45 year member, Kurt was one of three people in the Midwest region certified to work on Nuclear Power Houses as a high pressure welder for the Plumber and Steamfitters Union Local 33. In 2003, he retired from Taylor Industries. Kurt had a passion for music, playing the bass and lead guitar. Throughout his career in music he was a member of many bands including The Princemen, Jerry Reno and the Electric Company, The Train, Travelin', and most recently, Lucky Jax. Kurt was inducted into the Iowa Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Kurt is survived by his loving wife, Debra; children, Christopher Keller, Jammie Keller, Windy Keller, Joseph Keller, Andy (Kerri) Minor; grandsons, Dawson and Sawyer Minor; sister, Debbie (Jerry) Starrett; his loving dog, Topper; and many other family and beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Matthew Keller; and brother, Van Keller.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines, with burial to follow at Berwick Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Lutheran Hospital, Dr. Hiatt and Dr. Hickland and their staff, for the care given to Kurt.
Condolences for the family may be offered online at: www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Hamilton's Funeral Home
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313
Published in Des Moines Register from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2013