Russell Leon "Tuffy" Keller

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Russell Leon "Tuffy" Keller, 64, of Jasonville, passed away at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at Shakamak Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Jasonville.

He was born Sept. 9, 1945 in Greene County to Clarence Keller and Rose Ellen (Shields) Keller.

Russell had been a very hard worker all of his life. He was involved in several different jobs. He served on the Jasonville Police Department for several years. He was Captain on the Jasonville Fire Department for 30 years where he served 31 1/2 years retiring in 2006 due to health problems. He had worked as a mechanic all of his life working for several different garages. His last job was at J & D Used Cars where he worked until the place went out of business in 2007. Russell liked staying busy and being involved in everything. He was a good husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with his granddaughters. His favorite years were spent watching his oldest granddaughter play softball. He also loved to go fishing, hunting and camping.

Survivors include: his spouse, Carolyn (Denny) Keller of Jasonville whom he married: May 23, 1970; sons and daughter-in-law: Brett and Teresa Keller of Jasonville, Michael Keller of Jasonville; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Bill Stephenson of Jasonville; grandchildren: Ashley Keller, Ariel Stephenson, Arena Keller and Skylar Keller; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold "Pude" Keller, Roy Keller, Marvin and Linda Keller, Paul and Sharon Keller, and Joe Keller.

He is also survived by aunts, uncles and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Rusty Keller and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Keller.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Sunday and noon until the time of service on Monday at the Lawton Street Christian Church. Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association (IVFA) Memorial Service is at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lawton Street Christian Church with Pastors Mark Messmer, Darren Sluder and Sam Bush officiating.

Interment will be at Peavey Cemetery in Howesville.

Arrangements Entrusted To: Michael W. Cox, Ferguson-Lee Inc., Cox Chapel in Jasonville.