Merle A. Keller
January 22, 1959 – January 5, 2020
Merle A. Keller, 60, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday January 5, 2020 in the Cooperstown Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
He was born January 22, 1959, in Albany, NY the son of Raymond J. and Virginia M. (Prey) Keller. A lifelong area resident, Merle lived in the Albany area, Otego, Morris and finally Oneonta. He graduated from Morris Central School receiving his High School Diploma as well as attended BOCES He worked for Denny’s Restaurant and Brook’s House of Bar-B-Q in Oneonta. Merle was a member of St. James Episcopal Church where he was a Communicant and Acolyte. He was a member of the Sertoma Club and the Oneonta Yankees Booster Club. He was a volunteer at the Lord’s Table and was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army during the holidays as well as a member of the Holiday Lanes Bowling League through Springbrook.
Merle was an avid NY Yankee and NY Giants fan. He also enjoyed collecting sports cards. He attended plays and musical productions in the area. He was a regular at line dancing Thursdays at Elm Park Church. Merle also enjoyed collecting dvd’s especially of Superhero’s and music. Merle always loved singing and dancing.
Merle is survived by his sister Caroline A. White, Venice, FL; his brother George H. Keller, NABUA, FIJI as well as over 20 nieces and nephews, including Valerie O'Hara French and Micheal J. O'Hara . Also his special friends, Maryann Helmer, Paul Hallock, and Karen Lambert. He was predeceased by his parents Raymond J. Keller and Virginia M. Prey and his brothers Christopher D. Keller and Bernard J. Keller.
Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 11 to 1PM in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Funeral Services will immediately follow at 1PM in the funeral home with Rev. Kenneth Hunter, Rector St. James Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will take place in the spring in Evergreen Cemetery, White Store Road, South New Berlin.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The ARC Otsego P.O. Box 490, Oneonta, NY or online at www.arcotsego.org/donate//mt-services/donate/.
To light a candle or send an online condolence, visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
- Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Funeral Service Thursday, January 16, 2020
Merle A. Keller
January 16, 2020
I worked with Merle over 22 years ago at the work shop on brown St. I have ran into him from time to time an I always made sure to say hello an get a hug from him. my deepest sympathy to his family. He will surely be missed
January 15, 2020
Always enjoyed seeing and talking to Merle at his bowling league. He will be missed - Rest In Peace