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Jack Keller, a “great, great guy” and founder of Keller Ford, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital at the age 88. Jackie Dean Keller was born on August 8, 1926 in Delphos, Kansas to George W. & Lela (LePlant) Keller and was a veteran of World War II, proudly serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Shangri La.

Following the war, he worked for a dairy company until coming to St. Clair Shores in the early 1960’s where he worked as an automobile salesman for Roy O’Brien Ford. In 1966 he moved to Grand Rapids and purchased his first automobile dealership at Jefferson and Cherry — Keller Ford — and remained an active part of the Grand Rapids business community as a Ford dealer since that time. He was well known in the community as the “great, great guy” as a result of advertising campaigns over the years, and he lived his life that way. Jack was a true people person and enjoyed many outdoor activities like sailing, golfing, skiing, horseback riding, traveling and even tae kwon do.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Phyllis Duras.

Surviving are his six children, Paula (Skip) Swanson, Julie (Frank) Pauli, Laura (Mike) Dupey, Emily (Ted) Garneau, Robert (Beverly) Keller, and Jackie Keller; eleven grandchildren, Erin Burden, Shannon VanderLugt, Brett Pauli, Brian Pauli, Jonathan Pauli, Jalyn Phelps, Joshua Dupey, Justin Dupey, Hannah Garneau, Andrew Keller, and Molly Keller; two step grandchildren, Anthony Swanson and Jennifer Helder; ten great grandchildren; and a sister, Corky Kelly of Tacoma, Washington

The family will receive relatives and friends from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Parish, 6477 Ada Drive S.E., Ada, where the Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. Military honors will conclude the ceremonies. Instead of flowers, Jack would have appreciated contributions in his memory to either the American Cancer Society or C-SNIP.


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  1. Sue DeKubber on May 4, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Keller’s passing. He was always very kind to me.

  2. Steve Barber on May 5, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Its been 25 years since I last worked at Keller Ford. But, I still have many memories. My sympathy and prayers are for your family. Rest In Peace, Jack.

  3. Marti DeLong on May 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Dear Paula, Skip and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. Please know we are thinking of you. Marti & Ron

  4. Gary & Mary Hileman on May 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    The Keller family is in our thoughts and prayers.l

  5. Susan French on May 13, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Jackie’s passing. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but heard such great things about him from my Aunt Jeanette. Such a great guy will be sorely missed.

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