Matthew W. Keller

Born: Tue., Jun. 26, 1928
Died: Wed., Sep. 13, 2017


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Sep. 16, 2017
Location: Ellington Memorial Presbyterian Church

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Sep. 16, 2017
Location: Ellington Memorial Presbyterian Church

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   Matthew W. Keller Jr., 89, of Quincy, died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday (September 13, 2017) in the house where he was raised.

   Born June 26, 1928 in Quincy, Matthew  was the son of Matthew and Dorothy Cook Keller Gosney. He married Anna "Ann" Wisman on September 7, 1952 in Ellington Memorial Presbyterian Church.

    Mr. Keller proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1955 as a mechanic on Okinawa Island. He was a lifelong and very active  member of Ellington Memorial Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, Sunday School Teacher, a Deacon, and Church Treasurer. He served as the Melrose Township Road Commissioner for 32 years from 1960 to 1993, and also served as Township Trustee from 1993 until 2017.  

     Matthew graduated and received his diploma from Hickory Grove one room school house through the 8th grade on 36th and Deer Ridge Road. He later received his GED. He served as a board member on the Adams County Farm Service Agency. He and Ann delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.

     Mr. Keller farmed raising hogs, cattle and grain on a his family's Centennial farm.  

      Survivors include his wife Ann of 65 years; two daughters, Sarah Keller (Howard Ilivicky) of St. Louis, and Nancy McNeilly (Steve) of Quincy; one son Paul M. Keller (Jeanie); seven grandchildren, Courtney Keller Barboza (Pierre), Whitney Keller Michels (Scott), Steven P. McNeilly, Devin P. McNeilly (Teri), Isaac Ilivicky, Anna Ilivicky and Samuel Ilivicky; seven great grandchildren, Keller, Owen, Matthew, Ruth, Emma, Ramsy and Aislynn; two sisters, Mary Lou Reinebach and Phyllis Heindselman.

      Matthew was preceded in death by his parents, his step father Roy W. Gosney, an infant son, two brothers in law, William "Bill" Reinebach and Russell "Russ" Heindselman.

      A celebration of life for Matthew will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00 at Ellington Memorial Presbyterian Church with Pastor Ron Cox officiating. Military honors by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail with Taps to be played by Dr. Brennan Reed. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

     Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ellington Memorial Presbyterian Church, Chaddock School, or Camp Callahan.  

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Emily Maple
   Posted Thu September 14, 2017
Sad to hear of Matthew's passing. I enjoyed the short time I spent with him. I am confident his last hours on Earth were spent comfortably and in the presence of people who cared deeply about him. My thoughts are with you Ann and your family.

Ellen Siegman
   Posted Thu September 14, 2017

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Ellen Siegman.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Keller Family. May Matt's memory be a blessing to the family. The Ira Siegman and Martin Ilivicky Families.

Edson and Monique Peressim
   Posted Fri September 15, 2017
Dear Keller family,

We are so very sorry for your loss! Grandpa Keller was a precious and kind man! He will be remembered always... in the hearts of each and every person that loves him... and for us, in the lives of our little Keller and Owen! God bless you.
Love from Texas -
Edson Peressim & Monique Barboza Peressim

Patty Laughlin
   Posted Fri September 15, 2017
Ann and family,
Matt was real man, cut from a gentleman's cloth. He was a hard worker, ready to help any neighbor in trouble.I knew him to be a kind man , taking to time to have a real conversation that showed he was interested. I am happy to have known him.

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