Horace Keller

Horace Keller

Friday, June 28th, 1935 Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Horace L. "Juney" Keller

Horace L. “Juney” Keller, 84, of Blue Ball, passed away June 17, 2020 from a lengthy battle of cancer, never losing his joy for family or life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis L. (Burns) Keller.

Born in Westminster, MD, he was the son of the late Horace B. and Anna (Kochel) Keller.

Juney was employed as a data processor and computer analyst with the former SLC Fashions, Hubley Toys and Armstrong Industries. He then owned and operated Dick’s Sports Center until he retired.

He was a volunteer fireman and fire police for New Holland Fire Co., co-founder, coach and president of the New Holland Midget Athletic Association, past president of Speedwell Forge Hunting and Fishing Club for 36 years, a member of Penn Dutch and Beartown Sportsman Clubs, Little Kings Gap and Hidden Hollow hunting camps, the Blue Ball Lions Club, and helped with the Handicapped Fishing Rodeo. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. Throughout the last 50+ years, he enjoyed fishing for stripers with many friends and family on the Chesapeake Bay, with the last 25 years fishing with Capt. Rich Manley on the Intimidator II out of Rock Hall, MD. He was a lifelong mentor of those blessed by his presence. He taught many to butcher deer and fillet fish in Juney’s Red Garage. He enjoyed his mornings with his coffee club and was the #1 customer of Town Hall Restaurant.

A proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be deeply missed by his three sons: Michael L. married to Brenda (Stick) Keller, Denver, Jon L. married to Rochelle (Samuels) Keller, East Earl, Thomas L. married to Holly (Koch) Keller, Waterfall, seven grandchildren: Deanna (Brandon), Jordan (Lauren), Amy (Michael) Shane (Jessica), Tyler, Megan and Maddie and seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Hailey, Jackson, Ava, Joanna, Mason, and Mikayla. Also, honorary family members, Matt and Shanna Usner and their children, Olivia, Owen and Cooper.

The family would like to thank Dr. Waskowicz, Dr. Parrish, the nurses at Wellspan Ephrata Cancer Center and Hospice & Community Care for their compassionate care extended to Juney.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the New Holland Church of the Nazarene, 428 Ranck Rd., New Holland with Pastor Keith Blackwell officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Stephen Reformed Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Breathe for Olivia, 1042 Sunset Ave., East Earl, PA 17519. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at


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    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    New Holland Church of the Nazarene
    428 Ranck Road
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    Saturday, July 18th, 2020
    Keith Blackwell
  • Interment

    St. Stephen Reformed Cemetery
    249 E. Main St.
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    Burial is at the convenience of the family

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Ken Wilson

I never met a more genuine, fun-loving & nice guy & amazing story teller! He truly showed you how to live life! My deepest sympathies to all.
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Melvin Renninger

Dear Mike, John and Tom,
So sorry for the loss of your father. He was such a good man. Always had a smile for everyone. RIP Juney. May you have good hunting and fishing.
Mel & Betty Renninger
Comment | Posted at 01:32am via Condolence

Ray Means

Dear Mike , Jon , & Tom
Very sorry for the lost of your dad. Juney was a great mentor to me . He always would help me on set up my scopes on my rifle's , then educate me on the best grain of shot to use. Have fond memories of stripper bass fishing with him . I use to see him & Lee , on the river fishing . I thought I was having a great day on the river when I caught 10-12 fish . When I would pass by Juney & Lee , on my boat & ask them how they did. Your dad would look at his counter & tell me 72& Lee would holler 67 . I would just shake my head , draft on by , after them two busted my ego. He will be truly be missed by many .
Ray Means
Comment | Posted at 12:51pm via Condolence

Tim Shertz

Dear Mike, John and Tom and all the families. So sorry for the passing of your father. He and your mother were good friends of my parents. I'm sure they are all together in heaven. RIP
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Carol A Flora

Dear Mike, Jon, Tom and families,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. We have always enjoyed talking and joking with him. He was a good person.
Fondly, Carol and Dave Flora
Carol and Dave Flora
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