I received sad email from my friend Janet Evans on Wednesday evening to let me know that our mutual friend Fred Keller had passed away after a 10 year battle with cancer. We had known it was inevitable but we didn’t want it to happen anyway. However Fred found peace on Wednesday April 24, 2013 at the age of 56.
You may remember Fred from his blog on FranklinNow, as one of three conservative bloggers here in Franklin. Fred pursued his own personal blog BATTLE JOINED, when he found the FranklinNow when they brought about too many rules for their bloggers.
Finally in co-editorship with good friend and former Alderman Basil Ryan, Fred brought to fruition the local e-paper The Franklin Independent Journal where he brought to light many of the stories of Franklin’s underbelly of local politics along with his many other stories of patriotic valor. Fred was a true American Patriot and strongly believed in constitutional rights.
Fred was not afraid to speak out publicly either, with his voice being heard at both Franklin Common Council meetings and at the Franklin Board of Education meetings. Not always to the delight of those politicians.
I can say I am proud to have known Fred Keller and to have called him a friend. Both his son and my daughter were in the same grade while attended the same Franklin Public Schools. Fred and I had the opportunity to see our kids graduate together along with having our friend FPS Board Member, Janet Evans congratulate them on stage.
Fred had a unique sense of humor I will not soon forget. Fred took his cancer on with that unique sense of humor too. He once told me how cool and freaky it was to see the doctor operating on his brain while he was awake. That was Fred! He will be missed.
Fred is survived by his brave bride Kathy Keller and his two children.
A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, April 27th from 1:00 PM until the time of service at 3:00 PM, at CHURCH AND CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME 15250 W. National Ave, New Berlin.
Memorials may be made to Stars & Stripes Honor Flight or The American Brain Tumor Association.