Ward Earl Keller went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2021, after a battle with cancer. Ward was born on January 18, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois to Earl and Doris Keller. Ward impacted more lives than he knew with his wise counsel, a heart for helping others, and his kind generosity. Ward spent the last several months recounting stories about growing up in the Southside of Chicago. His rich stories shed light on a history that paved the way for what he fulfilled in his life. A man who was humble and yet willing to take risks. A man who was gracious but not afraid, and a man with perseverance no matter the circumstances. His strength came from the Lord and his humility came from knowing that. An entrepreneur at heart, Ward enjoyed building businesses, including Remuda Ranch Programs, an organization that not only ministered to the patients who came for help, but also provided countless jobs to the community of Wickenburg. Ward was a hero, heroes don't always have successful missions but they do charge the hill. Ward always charged the hill. He will be dearly missed. Ward is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Linda Martens and two of his grandchildren, Cooper and Gavin Savage. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Keller, their six children: Heather Lloyd (Alex), David Keller (Sue), Jena Savage (Richard), Michelle Cunningham (Keith), Julie Podaras (Jimmy), and Allison Pressey; 12 grandchildren: Tellan Lloyd (Marissa), Jordyn LaFon (Joshua), Stocker Lloyd (Charlotte), Boden Lloyd (Shannah), Matthew Lloyd, Rilyn Savage, Baeli Savage, Chloe Cunningham, Luke Cunningham, Olivia Podaras, Mekela Podaras, and D'Angelo Robinson; 8 great-grandchildren: Cadin LaFon, Johannah LaFon, Oliver LaFon, Seamus LaFon, Ashton Lloyd, Griffin Lloyd, Crew Lloyd, Savannah Lloyd; a new great-grandchild coming in May; his sister Colette Gamble (Ralph); many nieces and nephews; and a bountiful number of friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 26th, at 10:30am at the Wickenburg Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project