Ron L. Keller, 83, of Flint Township, Mich., died Nov. 25, 2019, at McLaren-Flint.
Ron was born March 14, 1936, to Orin and Verlah (Evers) Keller on a farm near Morenci, Mich., the fourth of five children. He attended the one-room Rorick School through seventh grade and graduated from Morenci High School in 1954 and Albion College in 1958. During his final two years at Albion, he served as pastor of the Washington Heights Methodist Church in Battle Creek. Ron married Patricia Jane Reppert from Morenci on June 22, 1958. He graduated from the Oberlin College Graduate School of Theology in Ohio in 1962 with an MDiv degree while serving as pastor at Republic, Ohio.
Before retiring in 1998, Ron served United Methodist churches in Union City, Birchwood, First United Methodist in Battle Creek, Rockford, Milwood in Kalamazoo, and Muskegon Central.
After retirement he served Leroy Congregational; Kalamazoo First UMC; Parish, Fla., and Ellenton, Fla.; Lennon, Mich., and Court Street UMC in Flint. He also served eight and a half years on the West Michigan Conference staff as a consultant to local churches, conference and district agencies. Ron also enjoyed amateur candle making for 50 years.
In addition to his wife, Ron is survived by four children, Paul (and Michelle) of Saline, Mich., Laurel of Ypsilanti, Mich., Brad (and Lauren) and Brent (and Adrienne) of Goodrich, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Leah and Nathaniel of Saline; Erin, Benjamin, Noah, Jonah and Julia of Goodrich, Mich.; a sister, Marjorie Ely of Adrian, Mich., and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Richard, Robert and Larry.
Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Sharp Funeral Homes in Swartz Creek. The funeral is scheduled at 11 a.m. Dec. 2 at Court Street United Methodist Church in Flint, with Pastor Jeremy Peters officiating. Additional visitation is planned from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service at the church. A luncheon is planned afterward, followed by a burial service at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Court Street United Methodist Church.