Leonard M. Keller, 86
Aug. 13, 1927 - Sept. 23, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Leonard M. "Lenny" Keller, 86, of St. Cloud will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Lenny passed away at his home on Monday, September 23, 2013. Reverend LeRoy Scheierl will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the church. The St. Cloud Veterans of Foreign of Wars Granite Post #428 will pray at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Lenny was born on August 13, 1927 in St. Cloud to Phillip and Marie (Forsberg) Keller. He joined the U.S. Navy
in 1944 serving during WWII
as a Seaman First Class. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and returned to St. Cloud. Lenny married Elverna B. "Verna" Barten on May 8, 1950 in Sauk Centre and lived in St. Cloud all of his life. He was employed at Burlington Northern for nine years and at the Minnesota Correctional Facility for 30 years as a Machinist and License Plant Manager. Lenny retired in 1987. He was a life member and past commander of the St. Cloud VFW
Granite Post #428. He was also a member of St. Peter's parish, the Sauk Rapids American Legion Post #254 and the St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles #622.
Lenny enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing and playing cards "especially with his grandchildren."
He is survived by his wife Verna of St. Cloud; children, Thomas (Suzie) of St. Cloud, Mary (Tony) Proell of Sartell, Gary of Waite Park, Mark (Mary) of Rice, Lloyd (Kathleen) of Circle Pines, Jean (Don) Nies of Mankato, Kevin (Cheryl) of Dallas, GA; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother and sister, Lucille Harville of Paris, TX, Gerald (Phyllis) of Modesto, CA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul, Clifford, Ervin and Arnold.
Lenny's family would like to thank the VA Medical Center and St. Croix Hospice for their compassion and care.