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Kenneth P. Keller

Posted April 14, 2015 in Des Moines West, Obituaries, West Des Moines
Kenneth Paul Keller, 70, passed away after a brief illness, April 13, 2015, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 17 at Iles Grandview Park Chapel. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18 at Iles Grandview Park Chapel.

Kenneth P. Keller

Kenneth P. Keller

Ken was born February 15, 1945 in Brooklyn, Iowa to Ruby (O’Halloran) Keller and Harold Paul Keller. He grew up in Brooklyn and was salutatorian of his graduating class. He loved 1950s Brooklyn, which was the epitome of a thriving Iowa small town. He mowed yards, raked leaves and put up storm windows for his Grandma Belland and her friends, and always enjoyed riding his bike all over town and playing ice hockey in winter on Little Bear Creek with his brother Wayne and their cousins.

Ken graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Chemistry and worked in a number of labs. He earned a Master’s in Chemistry from the University of Florida and taught chemistry at Broward Community College. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and opened his clinic in Altoona, Iowa in 1987.

Ken provided chiropractic care for more than 25 years at his Altoona Back Care Clinic. He loved his work and his patients and derived great satisfaction from helping them become free from pain and “think young and keep moving.”

In 1991, Ken married Judy Lawson of Des Moines and together they enjoyed common and new interests, from Victorian houses to draft horses, music, reading, travel and whatever passion either one of them embraced at the time. As an avid reader, Ken could never resist the lure of one more bookstore, ten more books.

He had a deeply spiritual nature whose basis lay in his commitment to the instruction, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” What this meant in practical terms was that Ken genuinely accepted everyone as a unique being, worthy of interest and respect. He constantly explored and sought wisdom, which he defined as “the knowledge and best use of the truth.” He constantly strove to become a better person in all areas.

Ken is survived by his wife, Judy; his siblings, Kay (Steve) Maurer of Clarence, Iowa and Wayne (Therese) Keller of Crystal Lake, Illinois; and beloved nieces and nephews, Christy, Julie, Carey, Sarah, Katy, Joanna, Maria, Kyle, Denis, Nick and Geoff. His dear companionship and love will be sorely missed by all. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and grandparents.

Donations may be made in Ken’s memory to the Food Bank of Iowa, or any food donation organization of your choice.


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