Ronnie S. Keller passed away on January 13 in Perry, Utah, of natural causes. He was 77.
Keller was born on October 18, 1939 in Preston, Idaho to Urias and Annie Laura Anderson Keller of Mink Creek, Idaho. He was the last child born into a family that consisted of 14 siblings who absolutely spoiled him. He loved the joys of being raised among the people and place of Mink Creek. From a young age, he loved to talk, to laugh and thoroughly enjoyed people. Ronnie met Sharon Kendall and married her at the age of 17.
Together they started the business Ron Keller Tire. The people of Franklin County and many surrounding counties supported them to make that business grow. They were partners with their son in 3 R'S Country Tire. Ron loved that business. They loved living among the people of Oxford, Clifton and Preston before they moved to Riverdale, Idaho. He cared about his racehorses, his beef cows, and the land. Among the most successful of his racehorses were 2001 AQHA Juvenile Challenge Championship (G1) winner Ronnie Jace, a son of Fishers Dash who he raced in partnership with his son Ronnie B. Keller and trainer Blane Schvaneveldt, and two-time Grade 3 winner and 1998 All American Futurity (G1) finalist Militante, a First Down Dash gelding he raced in partnership with John Andreini and Schvaneveldt. Keller and Schvaneveldt also campaigned Dashnlitia, which qualified to the 2002 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity.
“On behalf of the Schvaneveldt family, we are so sad about the passing of Ronnie,” said Brenda Schvaneveldt-Figueroa. “He was one of dad’s best friends from Preston, Idaho, and also our entire family’s friend for many years. He was a great man and sent a lot of good horses down here to run. We are going to miss him. I spoke to Ronnie the morning he passed away and we had such a good visit.”
Keller is survived by his wife of sixty years, Sharon Kendall Keller and children Corrie (Stacy) Keller of Smithfield, Angie Keller of Preston, Ronnie Brooks (Camille) Keller of Weston, Tige (Mellissa) Keller of Draper, Utah, Dax (Tami) Keller of Riverdale and Blane (Stacey) Keller of Riverdale. He is preceded in death by his oldest son, Rindy LaVern Keller, his parents, his father and mother in-law, LaVern and LaVerle Kendall, all of his brothers and sisters and their spouses, with the exception of Betty Henderson, Shirley (Ruel) Keller, Reva (Arden) Smith, Jean (Guy) Smith and Shirley (Bud) Keller.
Keller has 23 grandchildren, the loves of his life, that he loved to tease and feed candy along with 16 great grandchildren all of whom were hugged and kissed a great deal by their grandpa.
Funeral services will be Thursday, January 19, at 12:00 noon in the Riverdale Church house 3562 North 1600 East, under the direction of Webb Funeral Home with Bishop Shawn Knutson conducting. For those who may contemplate sending flowers, in lieu, please consider donating to a favorite charity or betting on your favorite race horse. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com.