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NORMAN KELLER Norman Lee Keller of Souderton, died Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown after a lengthy illness. He was an example for many as a community leader and a man of integrity, honor and truth, caring for others and never shirking responsibility. A loving husband, generous father and grandfather, kind neighbor and faithful friend, his legacy will be a treasure for many. Norman was the son of the late Norman S. Keller and Marian (Moyer) Keller. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen (Solliday) Keller of Souderton; his daughter, Brenda L. Oelschlager, married to Thomas A. Oelschlager of Sellersville; his son, Kenneth L. Keller, married to Amy D. (Clemmer) Keller of Chalfont; his son, Kurt L. Keller, married to Andrea (Cory) Keller of Collegeville; his granddaughter, Brianna K. (Oelschlager) Moyer, married to Daniel Moyer of Hershey; his grandson, Patrick T. Oelschlager of Huntingdon; his granddaughter, Sidney M. Keller of Chalfont; his two grandsons, Cory J. & Mason L. Keller, both of Collegeville; his sister, Rose M. Nyce, married to Royden Nyce of Hatfield; and his aunt, D. Laraine Moyer of Souderton. Following his first job as a salesperson for the Charles Chips Company, Norman spent his adult life in the Savings and Loan/Banking industry as a hometown community contributor and progressive leader in the business world. He started as a teller with the former Souderton Savings & Loan Association in 1961. His life was devoted to his family, church, business and community, as he worked to make Souderton and the Indian Valley area a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. He advanced to become President and Chief Executive Officer of Souderton Savings and Loan and was instrumental in the transition of that organization into Pennview Savings Bank and the merger with Univest Corporation in 1991. He retired from Univest in 2002 after 41 distinguished years in the banking industry. He continued serving as Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Univest Corporation Board until 2009. His banking career included: 1971- Attended Graduate School of Savings & Loan with American Savings & Loan Institute (A.S. & L.I.) and Indiana University School of Business. 1972- President of the Philadelphia Chapter 91 of the A.S. & L.I. 1977- State Director of District 2- Institute of Financial Education 1992- Selected as board member of the Federal Housing Finance Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh 2002- Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers Hall of Fame Norman's community involvement spanned many years including membership in the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club from 1965 to 2013, where he served as president in 1970. He was a Master Mason of the McCalla Lodge, F. & A.M. No. 596 and was a 32 Mason with the Valley of Allentown. He served as Board Treasurer at the Senior Adult Activity Center/Generations of Indian Valley from 1980 to 2012 and was treasurer and president of the Souderton-Telford Little League where he coached teams for both sons, Ken and Kurt. A faithful lifetime member of Zion Mennonite Church in Souderton, he served many years as treasurer and board chair. He and his wife, Helen, enjoyed traveling the world together for business and pleasure, attending annual Savings & Loan/PACB Bank conferences and Rotary International conventions. They visited nearly all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia. As a proud grandfather, he and Helen regularly attended musical performances and sporting events for all the grandchildren, supporting them in their many successes. His hobbies included participating in the local Grundsow lodges speaking ""Pennsylvania Dutch."" He was the treasurer, Gelthaver, for Grundsow Lodge No. 2 on the Skippack from 1988 to 2013. An avid hunter, Norman spent many seasons in the woods with family and friends and was a member of the Souderton-Harleysville Game Fish & Forestry Assoc. His passion for antique cars filled his retirement years as he refurbished four Ford vehicles and showed them at many car shows around the country. He was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Keystone Chapter of the Falcon Club of America and Lehigh Valley Thunderbird Club. His 1958 Thunderbird convertible won the Grand National Championship Senior Award in 2002 and 2003. He was also an avid Winross Truck collector. He was a 1959 business major graduate of Bluffton College (now Bluffton University), Bluffton, OH and graduated from Souderton High School in 1955. Viewing time with the family will be held Friday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 8PM at the Generations of Indian Valley Senior Center, 259 N. 2nd St., Souderton. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton with viewing time from 1 to 3PM and service at 3PM. Family and friends are invited to join Norm's family for a light meal and fellowship at the church following the burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Zion Mennonite Church Memorial Fund, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton, PA, 18964, Generation of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second Street Souderton, PA 18964 or Keystone Opportunity Center, 104 Main Street, Souderton, PA 18964. Arrangements by: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.andersfh.com

Published in The Reporter on Sept. 17, 2013
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