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CHARLES W. "BUD" KELLER Charles W. Keller passed away peacefully on June 4, 2014 at Villa St. Joseph Care Center. Charles W "Bud" Keller was born November 27, 1925 in Minneapolis, MN to Charles W Keller and Rowena Bidwell Keller. The family moved to Columbia, MO where he attended elementary school and again to Kansas City, MO just before he started high school. Bud graduated from Southwest High School in 1942. Charles attended the University of Kansas where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering, lettered in football and track, and was President of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Immediately following college he served in the US Navy's Civil Engineering Corps. In 1946, Charles began his 42 year career with Black and Veatch, starting as a staff engineer and retiring as an Executive Partner. He specialized in various aspects of Engineering Economics; such as, feasibility studies, financing plans, utility property evaluation, and public utility rate structures. He spoke at Oxford University in England on the ""conomics of Water in the United States." In a notable local project, he co- authored the original feasibility report for what is now the Truman Sport Complex. Bud was active in the community serving as a scout master, Commissioner, and member of the Board of Directors of the Heart of America Council. He served as President of the American Royal in 1989 and 1990 playing a key role in the design, financing, and development of the American Royal Building. Other community activities include: President of Saddle and Sirloin Club; pro bono City Engineer for Lake Lotawana, MO; member of the Shrine Drum and Bugle Corp and Royal Order of Jesters Court 54; member of Mission Hills Country Club, the Kansas City Club, and the Missouri Yacht Club. In 1945, Charles married his high school sweetheart, Sydney Jerrems. They had three sons Chick, Jerry, and Bill. Sydney predeceased Bud in 1998 and his middle son Jerry died of cancer in 2011. In 1999, he married Marie Patton. His survivors include his wife Marie; brother John and Nancy Keller; two sons and their wives, Chick and Carol Keller, Bill and Debby Keller; and step-children Dan and Marie Kellerman. Grandchildren include Jennifer Keller Brown, MD, and her husband Roger Brown, Denver, CO, and Drew Keller and his wife, Sarah, Prairie Village, KS. One grandson, Chuck Keller, predeceased him in 2009. His surviving great-grandchildren are Luke and Bo Keller in Prairie Village, and Charlie, Sydney and Gordon Keller Brown in Denver. Services will be held at Mt Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., followed by a Royal Order of Jesters Rose Ceremony. A reception will follow the ceremony. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Royal Association, 1701 American Royal Court, Kansas City, MO. 64102. M
Published in Kansas City Star from June 7 to June 8, 2014
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