Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX


Milton Frank Kellner

November 2, 1942October 8, 2019
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Milton Frank Kellner passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on October 8, 2019. He was born November 2, 1942 on a Brazos River farm near Orchard, Texas to Frank and Pearl Kellner. He graduated from Orchard High School in 1961 while lettering for 4 years in football, basketball and track and field. He was an All-District performer in football and advanced to the state track meet in shot put and discus.

Milton earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&I University where he lettered in football for two years in 1964 and 1965 earning All-Lone Star Conference honors. While in Kingsville he met Laura Ward and they married after graduation.

They started their teaching and coaching careers in Port Arthur, Texas and then joined the Robert E. Lee Gander coaching family in the fall of 1969. They made their home in Baytown raising two children and being very involved in all of their activities.

Milton was a dedicated Christian and blessed to have been a member of Grace Bible Church in Baytown for 47 years where he served as a Deacon for the congregation.

Milton’s greatest joy was being a husband, father and grandfather as well as coaching the Lee Gander football team to many victories in the 1970s and 80s. He liked watching football games and traveling with family and friends, but his favorite place to be was on the porch of their country home in East Texas. Milton is proceeded in death by his parents, Frank and Pearl Kellner and survived by his brother Russell Kellner. He is also survived by his wife Laura of more than 52 years, son Martin Kellner and wife Julie, daughter Leslie McAlee and husband Chris, grandchildren, Emily Kellner, Luke Kellner, Addysen McAlee, Reese McAlee and Grant McAlee.

A visitation will be held Friday from 5pm to 8pm and a funeral service will be Saturday at 10am, both at Navarre Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Bibles for Asia Ministry in care of Grace Bible Church, 624 Massey Tompkins Rd., Baytown, Texas 77521.


  • Brad Haygood, Active
  • Clint Haygood, Active
  • Brad McBride, Active
  • Don Clayton, Active
  • John Groberg
  • Jonas Groberg


  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, October 12, 2019


Milton Frank Kellner

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Ross Copeland

October 15, 2019

I will always remember the warmth, kindness and generosity of Milton. He was a great guy and is surely going to be missed. I have fond memories of getting to know Milton back when Martin and I were room mates and in the years after. My sincerest condolences to Laura, Martin, Leslie and the rest of the family. I am sorry that I was not able to be there on Saturday.

LJ Rolf

October 13, 2019

Laura, We are so sorry to hear about Milton’s passing. We have wonderful memories of our football games at Texas A&I a few years back and wish we all could have stayed closer. Praying that you and your family will find peace and comfort during this hard time. L . J. & Elaine Rolf

Bart Jennings

October 11, 2019

This posting is from the Jennings Boys and our sister, Mary. Three of the Jennings Boys have passed away. Curtis Neal, Robert Naurice and Joseph Douglas. All of us played our hearts out for Coach Kellner and the Robert E. Lee Gander football team. Coach Kellner expected nothing less from us. We did not disappoint him. His example of being a man, a coach, and a teacher was not lost on any of us. A tremendous individual and citizen was Coach Kellner.
The deepest sympathy from our family goes to the Kellner family.

Bart Jennings
Paul Jennings
Mary Jennings

Robin Clark-Herring

October 10, 2019

Coach Kellner was truly a great man that touched the lives of all students, that he came in touch with. He may have retired, but he was and always will be "Coach Kellner". He loved his God, his family, and friends. Family, friends and fellow former students, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
REL '73

Keith Dooley

October 10, 2019

I am very thankful for my time with Coach Kellner and the wonderful coaches at Robert E. Lee in the late 70's. At the time, I did not realize how good I had it to be mentored by these coaches. Coach Kellner was a man of God and a wonderful human being. RIP Coach.

Joanne Jeffers

October 10, 2019

Laura, Martin, and Leslie,

May sweet memories of Milton and God's love give you peace and comfort.

Joanne Jeffers

Eddie and Shari Capps

October 10, 2019

He was a neighbor to out sister and brother in law. Always a very a friendly person.
Even though he has been quite sick for quite some time he still did all he could around his home. He seemed to push himself to stay active.
So thankful he has been welcomed to his heavenly home!
May God comfort his family and friends!!

Lloyd Tisdale

October 9, 2019

Milton was a man of genuine humility and grace. He studied the word of God and applied it to his life. He is home now.
We will remember his family in our prayers.

Lloyd and Jana

Clifton Bullard

October 9, 2019

Was one of the best line coaches in the business. It was a great honor to be coached by him as a lineman.

Jeff Holzaepfel

October 9, 2019

I am sorry to hear of Milton’s passing. I know Mrs. Kellner, Martin and the family will need prayers in the days ahead, and I’ll remember you all when I pray. I met Milton when I visited Grace Bible Church about 5 years ago as I was looking for a place to worship. He met me at the door with a smile and a firm handshake, welcoming me to the service. What a kind and humble man.