David L. Keller

Born: Sun., Oct. 27, 1946
Died: Mon., Mar. 30, 2015

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David L. Keller, 68, of Ballwin, Missouri passed away March 30, 2015 in Missouri where he had resided most of his life.  He was born in Lock Haven October 27, 1946 to the late John and Helen Kreidler Keller.


David was a graduate of the Lock Haven High School; he had also attended Penn State University, Williamsport Area Community College and received his bachelor’s degree from Maryville University in St. Louis Missouri.  He was a veteran of the US Army. He had worked for Western Electric and retired from Lucent Technologies in St. Louis.


Survivors include two sisters, Joellyn Miller of Tyrone, PA and Beth Young of Lock Haven, PA. Also surviving is a nephew, Todd Young of Lock Haven, PA and a niece, Tracie Brungard of Bellefonte, PA.


Private services and interment will be in the Dunnstown Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home 121 W. Main St. Lock Haven, PA.  Online thoughts and memories can be made at www.yost-gedonfuneralhome.com

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Fern Biesecker
   Posted Fri April 17, 2015
I just want to say how sorry I was to read of David's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary Gross
   Posted Fri April 17, 2015
David was a generous volunteer in our contra dance community in St. Louis, as well as being a solid dancer that all of us could depend on. I am very sad he has departed. He and his many contributions will truly be missed. Sending warmth and condolences to David's family.

Martha Edwards
   Posted Fri April 17, 2015
David was the guy who came early to our dance events, and stayed late, helping set the place up, then making sure it was ship-shape for the next group to come in. Many of the women in our group have noted what a kind and thoughtful person he was to dance with - and I've heard from some of the guys that he also had a wickedly delightful dry sense of humor. He will be sorely missed.

Alan Landwehr
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
Dave was a good friend and will be missed by all, My prayers are with you and your family

Robin Netherton
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
I always had a soft spot for David because he was the first familiar face I found when I started contra dancing in 2009, as he had previously been a repeated customer of my jewelry business. (He liked lapis stones.) He was always a helpful and gentle partner to our newcomers and I trusted him completely. I will miss him on the dance floor.

Lois Brady
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
I will always remember the photo someone snapped of David and I at a New Years dance. He was a sweet and respectful dancer. My thoughts are with his family.

Pam Hughes
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
I am so sorry to learn of David's passing. It's especially hard on family and friends when the loss is sudden. Please know that we will all miss David, too. He was an important member of our community.

Jim Miller
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
David was a genuine gentleman. An excellent dancer and an effective dance caller. All of us in the Childgrove Dance Community will miss him.

Lawrence Boyer
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
I met David when I started dancing some 8 years ago. He gave me lots of helpful tips and advice. And the last year or so we shared 3-Stooges antics during dances from time to time. We already miss him a lot.

Margaret White
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
I have danced with David many, many times and he was a wonderful partner. He had a sweet smile and gentle way that was always warm and inviting. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing and I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this unhappy time.

Elizabeth Lengyel
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
David was a wonderful person. Great dancer, good caller, and always ready to help wherever he was needed. The angels will be dancing contra corners in heaven.

Missy Reisenleiter
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
Please accept my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for your family. David was one of my favorite dance partners, and always a gracious guy. He could be counted on to help at the dances, setting up and taking down. There is no doubt he will help heaven's dance groups, too.

Kay Tomlinson
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
I was shocked to hear of David's passing. What a loss to our dance community! Quiet, but sharp-witted and with a great sense of humor. I will miss him a lot. Condolences to the family....

Charles & Margaret Crook
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
We will miss David, his helpfulness, his easy-going personality and sense of humor that contributed so much to our dance family. A good guy to work with and dance to when he called a dance; he also was helpful at the Calling Parties so many times.

Joe Felsen
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
I miss David's dry wit and sense of humor. He rarely laughed,
and didn't smile all too frequently either.
But when David did smile or laugh, you knew it was genuine.
David, you've gone from a dance angel to a real one.

Wade Pearson
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
David will be missed greatly, already is in fact. I think David started coming to our contra dances largely for exercise, but after a short while he became part of the community.

Over the years he developed into a really solid dancer, seldom flashy, but able to surprise you with some little trick move he'd throw in unexpectedly: that always got me chuckling. He was a great partner for new dancers, able to keep them on track and make them feel welcome. He was also very helpful running the dances, picking things up after dances, making sure window were locked, thermostats set back, lost items returned to owners (he had a real knack for knowing who had left what behind). And for several years he had the responsibility of being the site coordinator at our annual dance weekend, Kimmswick, which was a lot of busy work that unfortunately kept him from doing as much dancing there as he'd have liked.

And, though I cannot claim to have known David well, mostly I will remember him for his basic decency. Others here have called him a gentleman, and I'd say that label fits as well. He was a good person.

Donna Eckberg
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
Thanks David for always being ready to help, teaching the newbies & staying after to pack up after a dance. When he wasn't dancing, he would tend to the contra dance lines like a shepherd guiding the flock. He was like a spotter keeping people on the path. Dancing was very important to him, as we learned when he started having to miss dances due to health problems. Hopefully there is a dance in heaven.

Cindy Duhigg
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
David was truly a gentle soul, as anyone who has danced in his arms can attest. It was a blessing to have known him. Kind regards to the Keller family, and condolences on your loss.

Deni Bouillon
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
I will miss dancing and joking around with David, especially his special sweetheart move during waltzes. He was very conscientious and looked out for others. Rest in peace, David.

Paul Stamler
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
There's a line from an old western song, referring to a band of cowboys, that says, "...in this little world of ours." That's how I've felt about the contra community: it's a little world, and David was an integral part of it.

Wade said, "...mostly I will remember him for his basic decency. Others here have called him a gentleman, and I'd say that label fits as well. He was a good person."

That he was, and a generous one in working hard for our community. We all miss him; my condolences to his immediate family.

Maryclaire Kofron
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
Please accept my condolences for the loss of David in your family. I will really miss him too. I met David in 2002 at my first contra-dance, he was one of my first dance partners. He really helped me learn to waltz and had the patience of a saint teaching me. He was a true gentleman with a very dry wit about him. He enjoyed drinking wine and loved to go to parties with us, his dance community. He made me feel very comfortable and was one of the first people I got to know in our dance community. Rest in peace dear David!

Tafra Perryman
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
The news of David's passing was a shock. He was so liked and respected by our dance community. I initially thought he was very serious...but soon found out that he had a great sense of humor and we always teased back and forth by calling each other the wrong name-on purpose! He will certainly be missed.

Alan Klein
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
David was a dedicated member of our dance group and we all miss him.

Margaret Cytron
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
David was the first person to ask me to dance at the Monday Club. He was a quiet, gentle and kind man with a wonderfully dry sense of humor. He will be missed.

Judy Papian
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. He was one of my favorite contradance partners. Always thoughtful and aware of his partners' needs and safety on the crowded dance floor. Warm condolences to his family.

Mary Kate Protzman
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
Dancing with David was a pleasure...he had a regal air about him. I was sorry to hear of his passing. Wishing peace to the friends and family he left behind.

Karen Jackson
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
My condolences to David's family on your loss. The contra dance community, as well as other places he danced, will miss him being part of our "family," as well. It seems so strange that we won't be seeing him again...

Jeanne Lane
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
Please accept my sincere condolences. David will be sorely missed in our community.

Sherrie Sink
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
I am so sorry to learn of Dave's passing. He was a unique character, good co-worker and friend. I will miss seeing his dance photos and updates on Facebook. Because of distance I could not visit with him, but thought of him often. You are in my prayers.
Sherrie Sink

Jerome Grisanti
   Posted Sun April 19, 2015
I was very sorry to read of David's death. His was a gentle presence.

My favorite memory of him calling was probably not, in the technical sense, a great calling moment; there was some confusion, then things jelled as the dancers and David had a spontaneous call-and-response exchange about what was next, WHILE the dance was going on.

David: "Do this."
Crowd: "Do that!"
David: "Do that."
Crowd: "Do the other!"
etc., with growing silliness.

He couldn't have planned it, but he ended up making that moment one of the most fun dances of a very fun evening. He made it all OK, and that's what good callers -- good people -- do.

Richard Egan
   Posted Mon April 20, 2015
David was a kind and gentle soul, and I miss his presence. Please accept my sympathy.

Luis M Velazquez
   Posted Thu April 23, 2015

We will miss you! Some many memories!

Dennis Bequette
   Posted Thu April 23, 2015
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I worked with Dave at WE and Lucent. We were both active in the prayer group at work.
He actual;ly came out to help me when I was building my home.
I remember he installed all of my electrical outlets in one afternoon.
He was a blessing and will be missed.

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