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John Keeler - Barnard KS
11/1/1938 - 5/15/2019

John D. Keeler, 80 of Barnard, KS, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Salina, KS. He was born November 1, 1938, in rural Lincoln County Kansas, to Earl Henry and Sara Margaret (Wild) Keeler.

Left to celebrate his life include: his wife, Letha Darlene (Harris) Keeler, of the home; son, Jay Keeler, of Russell, KS; daughter, Sara Msemembo-Keeler, of Lenexa, KS; brother-in-law, Ronald Bliss, of Maize, KS; and grandchildren, Olivia Keeler, Michael Msemembo, and Matthew Msemembo.

He was preceded in death by:  his parents; two infant brothers; and sister, Margaret “Janie” Bliss.

    John was born on a farm near Barnard KS to Earl and Maggie (Wild) Keeler.
    John will be remembered for his mischievous behavior at Barnard High School. He was always thinking of ways to entertain people and make people laugh.
    Through the years, John and Letha enjoyed farming . He liked his “Red” equipment. He wanted all of his rows to be straight; no weeds. John always reminded us that a job worth doing is worth doing right.
    They liked to go to polka dances in Holyrood, Concordia, and Russell. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Lake Wilson on the weekends and when it rained.
    After semi-retiring from farming they liked to travel. Yuma Arizona was their favorite get-away. While there, they liked to go into Mexico, as well. They loved their Arizona family.
    They liked to go to football and basketball games; they liked car races. They enjoyed county fairs. Mom liked to make ice cream inviting friends over to enjoy her treat.
    John loved his grandchildren. He entertained them with lots of teasing about chasing girls and giving them a hard time.
    Through all of his struggles, John worried about Letha more than himself. He wanted to make sure that she got her treatment first before he got his treatment.


Visitation: 1-7:00 P.M. Monday, May 20, at Hall Chapel, Lincoln, with family receiving friends 5-7:00 P.M.

Service: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 21, at Hall Chapel, Lincoln, with interment following in Union Valley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barnard Lions Club.

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