Gary K. Keller age 71, known to his family as "GarBear", passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 in his home with his wife of 50 years by his side and surrounded by family and friends. Gary was born July 2, 1947 to the late Kenneth and Erma (Shank) Keller in Mason City, IA. Gary spent his early childhood years in Janesville, WI and graduated from Janesville Sr. High School, class of 1965. In 1968 he began his career with Household Finance and then began his lifelong career with First National Bank and Trust of Beloit for the next 40 years.
Gary's love of his life was his wife Kathy, but his greater love was his grandchildren where he traveled the country side to watch them play hockey. No distance to far for the love of the game. This held true with any sport his grandchildren participated in from football, baseball, soccer and softball. Gary was that smile who was always in the stands that you could count on. Over the years, Gary was involved in the Jaycees, Star Zenith Boat Club, along with Fishing has NO Boundaries over his younger years. Besides for his love of family, Gary was a avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy "Kate" Keller; his two daughters, Heather (Brian) Jensen and Holly Keller (Mike Toubl) all of Beloit; his nine grandchildren, Brady Wright, Riley Jensen, Aidan Wright, Liam Flanagan, Jameson Flanagan, Jordan Toubl, Gavin Jensen, Kieran Flanagan and Rowan Flanagan; his three brothers, Chuck (Karla) Keller, Roger (Kim) Keller and Mike (Phyllis) Keller and special sister-in-law Karen (Charlie) Grossenheider-Fisk.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ken (Merle) Keller along with his in-laws Harold (Margaret) Abrams and his sister Barb Keller.
The family would like to thank the staff at Beloit Regional Hospice as well as Bob Hoyt, Al Swanson, Steve Thompson and Bob Schuler for the loving care they gave Gary.
Gary's Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in the BRIAN MARK FUNERAL HOME, 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit with Rev. Gene Van Galder officiating. Friends will be received in the Funeral home on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday in the Funeral Home from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established. Please share a memory or a condolence with the Keller Family on our website.
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In Lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established.