TUSCALOOSA | Eugene Keller, III, age 93, of Tuscaloosa, died on March 21, 2014, at home. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. in the Westervelt-Warner Chapel at First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa with Dr. Charles Durham officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.
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Eugene was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Virginia A. Keller; his parents, Eugene and Clara Keller; and brothers, Carl Keller and Jack Keller.
Survivors include his sons, Robert E. Keller (Tec) and Dr. John A. Keller (Beverly); his daughter, Kay Kone; seven grandchildren, John David Keller (Debra), Elizabeth Shoemake (Keith), Alicyn McCormick (Brian), David Kone, Stephen Kone (Lyndsey), Adam Keller and Josh Keller (Amanda); seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a dear cousin, Peggie Lauber.
Eugene was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas and earned a degree in Forestry from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Forestry degree from Iowa State University.
After serving in the U.S. Army from 1942-46 as a weather forecaster, he began his professional career as an assistant forestry professor at the University of Arkansas in Monticello. He then joined Ozark Badger Lumber Company in Wilmer, Arkansas, as a forester.
Eugene moved his family to Alabama in 1956 to begin a job with American Can Company as an area superintendent in the Woodlands Division. He retired from American Can Company as manager of its Southern Woodlands & Forest Products Operations and moved to Northport before moving to Pine Valley Retirement Community in Tuscaloosa.
Eugene was a licensed forester in Alabama and a member of the Society of American Foresters. He was a past President of the Alabama Forestry Association and Vice President of the Alabama State Board of Registration for Foresters. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Presbyterian Home for Children at Talladega, Alabama and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa. His volunteer activities included Meals on Wheels and the Community Soup Bowl.
Eugene was a devoted husband and father who cherished his wife and children. He loved God's glorious creation and shared this love with his wife and children. He enjoyed wood working, hiking and camping in the Smoky Mountains as well as tending to his many roses, plants and trees.
Eugene was thoughtful and kind, frugal yet generous, and he led by example. The encouragement and support he gave to his children and grandchildren in their individual pursuits will always be cherished and his wise counsel and open heart will be deeply missed. We give thanks for his strength of character and faithfulness in life and in death and for the inspiration his life has been to us all.
We give special thanks also for the attentive and loving care Eugene received from the nurses and staff of Hospice of West Alabama and caregivers of Home Instead Senior Care of Tuscaloosa. Thanks also to Angie Cooper at Pine Valley who never missed an opportunity to stop by his room and brighten his day, to Lili Maddox, who faithfully dropped by every Sunday to sing and pray with him and for the cards and visits from friends and fellow members of First Presbyterian Church. Most especially, our thanks be to God that his battle is now over and the victory won!
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Hospice of West Alabama, or the
Published in Tuscaloosa News from Mar. 25 to Mar. 28, 2014