Billy Ray Keller

Billy Ray Keller

Billy Ray Keller, 89, of Anna, and formerly of Dongola, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. 

He was born on May 7, 1931, in Ullin, the son of Leo H. and Mary M. Staudacher Keller. 

He married Doris Dunaway on June 1, 1951, in Carbondale. 

Mr. Keller is survived by his wife, Doris Keller; children Steven (Gian) Keller, Larry Joe (Melody) Keller, and Ronald Lee (Suzanne) Keller; grandchildren Sarah Ann (Nick) Murray, Lenore (Randy) Ashby, Alison (Ricky) Tweedy, Shannon (Stacie) Keller, Nick Keller and Megan (Caleb) Crabtree; 16 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a great-granddaughter, Hadley Ashby.

He became a Christian on June 9, 1946. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dongola for over 60 years, serving as trustee and treasurer for 20-plus years. 

He was a lifelong resident of Dongola and was very active in his community and also served as mayor. He was the manager of Associated Lumber until its closing. 

Funeral services will be held privately for the family. Interment will be in the Meisenheimer-Mt. Olive Cemetery. Memorials can made to Hadley’s Haven. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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