Charles C. “Chuck” Keller, 94 of Washington, formerly of California Pa. died Thursday-May 10, 2018. He was born June 17, 1923 in Goshen, Indiana the son of the late Isaac C. and Mary Pauline Piatt Keller.
Mr. Keller was a graduate of California High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree from California State Teacher’s College and his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1949.
Mr. Keller was a lifelong member of the California United Methodist Church.
He served as a Captain during WWII in the United States Army Air Corp from 1942 until 1945. Mr. Keller flew 35 missions as a bomber pilot in the European Theater. He continued to serve in the Army Reserves eventually becoming a Lieutenant Colonel and a Judge Advocate General retiring in 1972.
In 1950 he met his future partner, Ralph Peacock and eventually formed the law firm of Peacock Keller. He retired at the age of 94 after more than 65 years of legal practice.
Mr. Keller’s passion in life was Rotary. He joined the California, Pa. Rotary Club in 1950. Mr. Keller served in various positions as a Rotarian including becoming the President of Rotary International in 1987 - 1988.
Mr. Keller served as the President of the Washington County Bar Association in 1965 and as the President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1982 - 1983. He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America and was an Eagle Scout himself. Mr. Keller served on various hospital, health care, government, educational and civic boards.
He was an avid tennis player and a true student of the game. Mr. Keller loved music. He was the choir director at his church for 40 years and was an accomplished coronet player. Most of all, Mr. Keller enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
On November 5, 1999 he married Carol S. Chiprean who survives. Also surviving are two sons; Jeffrey (Angela) Keller of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Gregory (Patty) Keller of Greensburg, Pa., two daughters; Candy Lou (Joe) Clement of Framingham, Massachusetts and Robin (Chuck) DeHainaut of Pittsburgh, Pa., a step-son; Bradley (Rebecca) Chiprean of Natrona Heights, a step-daughter; Susan Chiprean of Butler, Pa., five grandchildren; Tara Lea Brown, Ryan Clement, Carley Cummings, Lindsay Stocco and Caitlin Chiprean. Twelve great-grandchildren also survive.
In addition to his father and mother, Mr. Keller was preceded in death by his first wife; Mary Lou Keller and by two sisters; Beatrice Snyder and Marian Fresch.
Friends will be received on Monday-May 14, 2018 and on Tuesday-May 15, 2018 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 P.M. in the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson at East Katherine Ave. Washington, Pa., S. Timothy Warco, Supervisor/Director, Susan Falvo Warco, Director, S. Timothy Warco II, Director. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday-May 16, 2018 in the California United Methodist Church, 227 Third St. California Pa. 15419 with Pastor Dawn Hargraves officiating. Full military rites will be accorded at the church following the service by the American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post # 175 and the United States Army. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the California United Methodist Church at the address above. Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com