KELLER, Ellsworth Howard

KELLER - Ellsworth Howard Keller was peacefully ushered into the presence of his loving Heavenly Father on Monday, August 29, 2011. He was born May 16, 1920 in Denbigh, ND to Charles & Ernestine Keller. He was the oldest of five children. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Vera Delger, his sisters, Vivian Keller and Geraldine Griffith, his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his children, Elaine Martin (Rick), Eugene (Valerie), Kathleen Morris (Paul), LaWayne (Debbie), Verdene, Ray, and Duane; 11 grandchildren, Jeff, Jenny Bollinger, Melissa (Eugene), Juanita Enns, Belinda Richardson, Roberta Berjenzi (Kathleen), Ryan, Breanne (LaWayne), Braeden (Verdene), Justin and Tineke (Duane); 15 great grandchildren ,Sophia (Jeff), Christopher & Morgan (Jenny), Julia, Kaesy, Lauren, Allanah (Juanita), Devin, Ireland, Autumn, Daniel (Belinda), Kole, Dawson, Gemma, and Ping (Roberta), Katy (Braeden). From the beginning God's hand was on Ellsworth's life. At the age of 2, he was kicked in the head by a horse. The doctor felt that he would not live. At the insistence of his parents, the doctor pulled the crushed skull bone out to relieve the pressure on his brain. He suffered no ill effects but was left with a noticeable permanent horseshoe scar over his left temple. Ellsworth started his walk with Jesus as a teenage. His desire was to become involved in Christian work to help in the expansion of the cause of Christ. God blessed him with great mechanical aptitude which enabled him to fulfill this desire. Ellsworth met his soul mate Vera Delger at the church youth group and thus began a lifelong relationship. Through their union they truly completed each other. In July of 1954, a team from Prairie Bible Institute stopped in Sandstone, MN, and as a slide of the Prairie garage was shown, Ellsworth heard the Lord say, "that is your place". In a step of faith he moved his wife and three children to Three Hills. His family grew and he shared with them his love of camping, fishing, hunting, gardening, playing table games and extensive road trips. In the 70's, he helped with a church plant in Alix, AB, and organized outreach visits. His involvement over the years strengthened his passion that all would know Jesus as their Savior. After Ellsworth retired, he developed and taught an elective course 'Basic Car Maintenance' at Prairie. He opened the Keller Auto Electric Repair shop in Three Hills. He met and ministered to many people through both of these endeavors. Ellsworth will be remembered for his attention to detail, his servant's heart and sacrificial spirit. A funeral service was held on Friday September 2, 2011 at Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church in Three Hills, AB. Donation's in memory of Ellsworth may be made to Action International (3015A 21 St. NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7T1). Heartland Funeral Services, Olds entrusted with arrangements. 403-507-8610