Ralph G. Keller
1936 - 2021
Powles Funeral Home, Inc.
913 West Main Street
Rockwell, NC
Ralph G. Keller

July 24, 1936 - October 19, 2021

Ralph G. Keller, 85, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

He was born July 24, 1936, in Kannapolis, to the late George Clarence Keller and Minnie Sipe Keller.

Mr. Keller was a 1954 graduate of Granite Quarry High School before joining the U.S. Navy, June 2, 1954. He later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, Dec. 18, 1958, and retired as a technical sergeant, Oct. 31, 1976, with over 21 years of military service. Mr. Keller was a member of First Baptist Church of Rockwell. He was a talented Bluegrass musician and played with numerous groups over the years including Blue Grass Praise, David Deese, Betty Fisher and Dixie Bluegrass, Patterson Brothers and Over the Hill Band, and the band at First Baptist-Rockwell. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans in Salisbury and Faith American Legion Post 327.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Keller was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Ann Keller; brother, Carl Keller; and sister, Hazel K. Shaver.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Story Keller, whom he married July 4, 1958; children, Judy Lynn Keller Earnhardt and husband, Mark, of Salisbury, David Jeffery Keller of Ellerbe, and Darrell Alan Keller and wife, Tina, of Salisbury; grandchildren, Jennifer, Amy, Melissa, Buffy, Tara, David Jr., Lisa, Christopher, Zach, Nate, Jake, Chelsea; 16 great-grandchildren; and special extended family, Charlotte.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at Faith Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Matthew Laughter, officiating. Military graveside rites will be rendered by the U.S. Air Force.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301; Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516; or to Faith American Legion Post 327, P.O. Box 48, Faith, NC 28041.

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Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on Oct. 22, 2021.
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Prayers for the family from Coleman Music. Ralph was a great man and musician
Scott Cannon
October 23, 2021
Thoughts and prayers are with all of Ralph's family. Cherish all your wonderful memories. He will not be forgotten.
Mary Lou Monnat
October 22, 2021
godspeed airman.
ervin g tucker
October 21, 2021
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