AUGUSTA, Ill. -- Richard L. "Dick" Keller, 82, of Augusta, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday (July 9, 2014 ) in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
Born Oct. 13, 1931, in Quincy, Dick was the son of Theodore and H. Forrest Thompson Keller. He married Barbara Morrell on June 27, 1952, in Augusta. She died Jan. 26, 1978. He then married Mary A. Wyles Douglas on Jan. 2, 1979, in Carthage. She survives.
Dick was the owner/publisher of the Augusta Eagle and Tri-County Scribe newspapers serving the Augusta and Plymouth area for 45 years before retiring in 1996. He was a 1949 graduate of Augusta High School and a member of the Augusta Christian Church. He had served as secretary of Augusta Savings and Loan for 11 years, served several terms on the Augusta Village Board and Augusta Township Board, and was past president of the Augusta Achievement Association.
Mr. Keller served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
. He was past commander of the former Augusta American Legion Post No. 376 and was presently a member of the Plymouth American Legion Post No. 912.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Roger Keller and his wife, Monique, of Harlingen, Texas, and Nathan Keller and his wife, Michelle, of LaGrange, Mo.; four daughters, Roxanne Rankin and her husband, Terry, of Bowen, Laura Lambert of Quincy, Martha Hogge and her husband, David, of Quincy, and Anita Goughnour and her husband, Steven "Skip," of Quincy; 16 grandchildren, David Rankin, Melissa Banks, Jared Rankin, Aaron Rankin, Amy Keller, Bianca Keller, Richie Keller, Ricco Crixell, Dustin Lambert, Darin Lambert, Katherine and Benjamin Hogge, Austin, Katheryn and Collin Goughnour, and one due in December; 10 great-grandchildren; an uncle, Robert Keller of Arlington Heights; and a half-sister, Donna Barnes Alvey.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Roy Barnes; and a half-sister, Patricia Keller.
SERVICES: 1 p.m. Monday, July 14, in the Augusta Christian Church in Augusta by the Rev. Connie Jenkins and the Rev. Ryan Derr. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hamilton.
VISITATION: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, in the Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta.
MEMORIALS: Augusta Christian Church, Oak Grove Cemetery or Augusta Lions Club Community Playground Project.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com