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Raymond C. "Ray" Keller

Published On: Sep 05 2013 01:23:48 PM CDT

Madison-Raymond “Ray” C. Keller, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 16, 1924 in Mt. Carmel Ohio to Herbert and Esther Keller (Fels). After high school, he proudly served for three years in the Army (352nd Harbor Craft Co.) in Europe during World War II; he received numerous commendations including the EAME Theater Ribbon with Bronze Star. After Ray returned from war, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree from the School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He and Carrie “Vi” married in 1949 in Batavia Ohio at the United Brethren Church.

He moved to Madison in 1955 when he accepted the position of Parks Maintenance Supervisor for the city of Madison, working there for 33 years until his retirement in 1987. During his career, Ray oversaw the expansion and development of park facilities in Madison from 1000 to over 5000 acres. He loved gardening, forestry, travel- he set foot on all seven continents, his summer home in Northern Wisconsin, and spending time with his family.

Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carrie; his children Phyllis (Robert) Gil of Wisconsin, Barbara (Ken) Graetz of Minnesota, and David Keller of California; grandchildren Nick and Nathan Graetz and Luke and Aaron Feiner. Ray is further survived by his sister Dorothy Gingerich of Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Mervyn Keller.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Legion, www.legion.org, or the National Arbor Day Foundation, www.arborday.org

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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