Friends wishing to call and pay their respects for (Joseph) Walter Keller, age 71, Daytona Beach, who passed away February 10, 2014, may do so Thursday from 5 pm until 7 pm at the Dale Woodward Funeral Home 167 Ridgewood Ave. Holly Hill. Mr. Keller was born on September 18, 1942 and was a former resident of Brackenridge, Pennsylvania. Walt graduated from New Ken High in 1961 and worked as many years as an appliance repairman for Klingensmith's. He was an avid stock car racing fan like his father and raced at many tracks throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as once at the Poconos and once in Daytona over the years. He raced in modified and late model stock. He also co-owned Hickory Speedway in New Castle for a little while. His love of stock car racing led him to relocate to Daytona over 20 years ago. Walt also built a replica of the 1968 Ray Fox Dodge Charger #3 driven by Buddy Baker. While residing in Florida he became involved with Living Legends of Auto Racing, once serving as Vice-President and spent many devoted hours to help move Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum and moving their club forward. He was also co-founder and President of Victory Lane Racing Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kathryn (Hecker) Konopski and Charles Keller, grandmother, Agnes Keller, brother Donald (Donnie) Keller, and granddaughter, Donna Lynn Keller. Surviving family members include his long time partner of 44 years, "Toni" Ignozzi; his sisters Kay Ellen Long and Agnes Kastelic, son Carl Keller, daughter Brenda Moran (Keith), daughter Linda Smith, and son Jeffrey Iseman (Stephanie) as well as stepdaughters Margaret Ignozzi and Traci Lynn Ignozzi. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great grandson. Condolences to the family may be made at www.dalewoodwardfuneralhomes.com.
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Dale Woodward Funeral Home - Holly Hill
167 Ridgewood Ave.
Holly Hill, FL 32117
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 12, 2014