Louie William "Bill" Keller, 72, of Sunshine Ridge Road, Philippi, died Tuesday evening, Aug. 28, 2012, in United Hospital Center, following an extended battle with cancer and diabetes.
He was born Sept. 24, 1939, at Philippi, the son of the late Maude Ellen Keller.
Surviving are one son, William Marshall Keller and wife, Shelly, of Hampton, Va.; one granddaughter, Lindsay Renee Keller of Hampton, Va.; one brother, Richard Keller and wife, Deborah, of Garrett, Pa.; and 15 nieces and nephews including Tom Keller and wife, Wendy, of Seville, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Arlene Eagan; and by stepfathers, Craig Simpson and Paul Kent.
Bill was well known as the former manager of Bob's Brunswick Billiards in Philippi. He also had worked as a school bus driver and as a truck driver for the Barbour County division of the West Virginia Division of Highways. He had also been associated with the Stemple & Forman Funeral Home and Stemple Funeral Chapel (later Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel). His association began in 1960s, under the tenure of John M. Stemple when he served as an ambulance driver and attendant and funeral attendant and resumed under the tenure of Gary Schoonover as a funeral attendant. He was a member of Cross Roads United Methodist Church, Junior Lions Club and Sons of the American Legion at Somerset, Pa. He was an active member of Tacy Community Improvement Association and a director emeritus of Barbour County Fair Association.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, from Stemple & Forman Funeral Home, 385 S. Main St. in Philippi. The Rev. William Smith and Pastor Downing Gregory will officiate, and interment will follow in Cross Roads Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 until 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 until 11 a.m., the funeral hour, on Saturday.
Stemple & Forman Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.