Edward L. Keber, 89, of rural Van Wert passed away at 8:15 p.m., Wednesday at Vancrest of Van Wert.
He was born on June 5, 1931, in Spalding, Nebraska the son of Jacob Henry and Margaret Irene (Patterson) Keber. On September 10, 1955, he married the former Patricia Yvonne Krugh who also preceded him in death on May 2, 2008.
Family survivors include his five children, Mark E. (Deborah) Keber of Ohio City, Daniel L. (Vicki) Keber of Ohio City, Beth E. (John) Gamble of Van Wert, Mary K. (David) Allmandinger of Ohio City, and Ronald P. (Tracy) Keber of Ohio City; thirteen grandchildren, Anne (Mike) Myers, Bret (Trinda) Keber, Corey (Taylor) Keber, Brooke Keber, Nick Keber, Ryan Keber, Phil Gamble, Marie Gamble, Molly Gamble, Matt (Jaci) Allmandinger, Maggie (Kameron) Roehm, Scott Keber and Kyle Keber; five great grandchildren, Hudson and Harper Myers, Jacob and Parker Keber and Allie Allmandinger; a brother-in-law, Ned Krugh of Ohio City; and two sisters-in-law, Iris Krugh of Brighton, Michigan and Helen Webb of Defiance.
Besides wife and parents, Ed was preceded in death by a daughter, Anne Marie Keber; and two brothers, Donald William Keber and James H. Keber.
Ed was a 1948 graduate of North Richland Adams High School and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church where he had served on the Church Council and other positions. He was on the Ohio City-Liberty School Board 1974-1987 and served on other boards including the Van Wert County Farm Bureau, Mercer Landmark, Farm Focus and Mercer Landmark. Ed enjoyed watching the grandkids sports and his trips with Pat to Branson.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church with Father Charles Obinwa as celebrant. Interment will follow at Ohio City Woodlawn Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 348 of Ohio City. There will be calling hours 3 - 8 p.m., Friday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home. Because of the Covid 19 concerns, the family encourages all to exercise good judgement concerning their presence at calling hours and the funeral mass.
Preferred memorials are to St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church or the Van Wert County Junior Fair Board.
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