Keller, Larry

Born: Jan 28, 1945
Died: Jan 08, 2019


Keller, Larry John Bernhardt
January 28, 1945 – January 8, 2019
It is with a mixture of sadness and thanksgiving for a life well lived that we announce Larry’s death. Larry was a much loved husband, father and grandfather, and a dear friend to many. His interest in all things and all people are fondly remembered by his family.
Larry passed away gently and peacefully in the arms of his loving wife at the age of 73.  After a courageous journey, fought with openness, quiet dignity and grace, he left with the pride and contentment of a life well lived. Larry was born in North Easthope Township and was the eldest son of the late Oscar and Elizabeth (Tiemens) Keller. He was an employee of Uniroyal Goodrich for 29 years until 1992.  He was then employed by Expressway Motors in New Hamburg for the following 17 years.
Larry is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 52 years, the former Mary Ann Merklinger, whom he married at Tavistock on June 17, 1966 and who has been his constant companion and support. Treasured father to three cherished daughters; Sherri Keller (Waterdown), Lori and husband Dwane Arnott (New Hamburg), and Tara Keller Ng and husband Abel Ng (Vancouver). Much loved Papa to four precious grandsons; Logan, Jairus, Dayton and Tanner, and one very special granddaughter, Keida, whose ‘heart and soul squeezer hugs’ he always welcomed. Also survived by five brothers; Randy and wife Christine, Dale and wife Brenda, Brian and wife Marian, Terry and wife Jackie, and Steve and wife Kim; and by two sisters; Judie and husband Ken Seltzer, and Janice and husband Rick Ritz; and by numerous nieces and nephews. “In addition to his parents, Larry was predeceased by his father and mother-in-law Walter and Erma (Woelfle) Merklinger, Sherri’s partner Josee L’Esperance and by his grandparents John and Lydia (Zehr) Tiemens and Karl and Margaret (Schmidt) Keller.
Larry was a caring and compassionate father and Papa. He took much pleasure in watching his grandchildren thrive in all their various activities. He was never happier than when in the company of his family and friends. He had a strong and passionate, albeit quiet, faith. 
Friends and colleagues are invited to share their memories of Larry with his family at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg, on Friday from 4-9 p.m.  A Celebration of Life service will take place on Sat. January 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 23 Church St., New Hamburg.  Pastor Tanya Ramer officiating.  Reception to follow in Trinity Hall immediately following the service. Inurnment thereafter at Riverside Cemetery Columbarium, New Hamburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated in Larry’s memory.

Visitation Information


Jan 11, 2019


4:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Mark Jutzi Funeral Home – New Hamburg
291 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1K2
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Service Information


Jan 12, 2019


11:00 a.m.


Trinity Lutheran Church
23 Church Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1J1
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Interment Information


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Condolence from Tom and Denyce Nielsen sent on January 12, 2019

It’s hard to believe! Larry and his family were always such great neighbours on Williams Street. My condolences to the entire Keller family.

Condolence from John and Dianne Gruhl sent on January 12, 2019

We were so sorry to hear about Larry. We will miss our good neighbour. Our prayers for comfort and peace to Mary Anne and family.

Condolence from Keith and Lynn Thompson sent on January 12, 2019

Larry was such a fine gentleman – generous with his time and talents. He was an important and loyal member of the choir and everything Trinity. We miss him.

Condolence from Mary and Peter Stoddart sent on January 12, 2019

Mary Ann and Family, We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Larry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May you always remember the good times with him and hold them in your heart.

Condolence from Jeff & Susan Wagner sent on January 12, 2019

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal … Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
“Treasure the Memories” Our thoughts are with the Keller family at this sad time.
With heartfelt sympathy, Jeff & Susan

Condolence from Ron and Brenda Kropf sent on January 12, 2019

Ron and I are so very saddened to hear of Larry’s passing. Words cannot express how much we will miss him. He was more than a loyal and loving friend to us. Thank you Larry for the beautiful memories of the times we shared together. Wish we were there to give a big hug to all of you. Loving and missing you Larry.

Condolence from Brad and Sandy Martin sent on January 11, 2019

Sending our deepest sympathies to the entire Keller family. Please know we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Graham and Janny Wallbank sent on January 11, 2019

MaryAnn please accept our condolences on Larry’s passing.We will miss him around the neighbor hood

Graham and Janny

Condolence from David Butz & Nancy Cook sent on January 11, 2019

Mary Ann and family… Nancy and I read of Larry’s passing with heavy hearts. We remember him fondly, especially the many Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings we spent together in the choir loft at Trinity. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Condolence from Patty Kalbhenn and family sent on January 11, 2019

Mary Ann and family
I am so sorry to hear of Larry passing. May you find strength during this difficult time thru your memories of him. Share your stories and memories often with each other for the love he has for each you is in them.
Thinking of you all during this time.

Condolence from Glenda & Ross Roth sent on January 11, 2019

I (Glenda) remember the days in WO when Larry was in my home room for at least 3 years, always having fun. For the last 8 years we have been neighbors and saw Mary Ann walking to Lori’s often& asking how Larry was doing. He had his struggles for sure. Our sympathy to all of you, Rest In Peace Larry.

Condolence from Barbara Quehl sent on January 11, 2019

My sincerest sympathies to Mary Ann and family. Larry was a great warm and friendly guy and will be sorely missed. My mother (Doris Langford) always appreciated Larry’s wonderful tenor voice beside her in the church choir, and she loved the excellent food dishes the Kellers always brought to the famous (infamous?) choir parties. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Linda & Paul Hornburg sent on January 11, 2019

Dear MaryAnn and Family. We were very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Our sincere sympathy at this difficult time.

Condolence from Dianne Ritz sent on January 11, 2019

I’ve always known Larry to be such an upbeat and compassionate person. I remember being at church choir Christmas parties and he was playing the piano – sing any song – he could play it but only on the black keys…..AMAZING!!!!!!

My heart is with the family – thinking of you especially Marianne, Dale and Brenda, Terry and Jackie, Janice and Rick, Judy and Ken

Condolence from Ruth MacCara sent on January 11, 2019

Mary Ann and Family,
My deepest condolences on the passing of Larry. I will always remember him as a kind soul who brightened my dental day. He knew the true value of family and friends. I hope that you find comfort in the knowledge that you all are in the thoughts and prayers of so many at this difficult time. Take care and again, my deepest condolences. ❤️ REM

Condolence from Grace & Doug Moogk sent on January 10, 2019

We are among so many saddened to learn of Larry’s passing. Our sincere sympathies to Mary Ann and family.
We’ll remember his sense of humour and those wonderful limericks he created.

Condolence from Cathy Wiese sent on January 10, 2019

My deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you. He sounded like a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and above all, a great friend.

Condolence from Eleanor Roth sent on January 10, 2019

Mary Ann and family. Please accept my sincere sympathy. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent together with “our little girls” ( Duane was outnumbered, but didn’t mind at all) Larry was a wonderful friend and he will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Eleanor Roth

Condolence from Roscoe and sharon varner sent on January 10, 2019

So nice to have met both of you …So sorry for you loss….Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Roscoe and Sharon (pastor Tanyas parents )

Condolence from Penny Thievin sent on January 10, 2019

Sending our sincere condolences to you all. Much love ,in our thoughts. Penny Thievin & Family

Condolence from Gisela & Wayne Gregory sent on January 10, 2019

MaryAnn & family, please accept our deepest condolences at this very hardest of times.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed talking with Larry as a neighbour, a client & a friend. His sense of humour is what lifted my spirits many a time.

Condolence from Sue Rhem sent on January 10, 2019

Lots of love and peace to the entire Keller Clan as you celebrate the life of Larry. I’m sure there is a hole in your heart as you face life without him. May your faith and memories sustain you on this journey. Sue

Condolence from Janice Engs sent on January 10, 2019

My heart goes out to the entire Keller family at this very difficult time. Your support and love for each other will be a blessing for all.
Larry was much loved and his memory will be treasured.

Condolence from Joanne Snyder sent on January 10, 2019

Mary Ann and Family….so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing, you have my deepest sympathies during this time.

Condolence from Susan Ludwig sent on January 10, 2019

My deepest condolences during this very difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. I can tell that your father was truly loved by his family.

Condolence from C Flores sent on January 10, 2019

Dear Keller family I am sincerely sorry to hear about the loss of your dear loved one Larry.
I know words could not describe the pain you are experiencing but allow the support of friends and family carry you during this difficult time.
Also another source of comfort is provided in God’s word the Bible where are Creator promises: From the power of the Grave I will redeem them;From death I will recover them.
Truly we all can look forward to the time when this promised is fulfill in the near future.
Please accept my few words of comfort and a warm invitation for more comfort at
Sincerely C Flores

Condolence from Keith & Peg Rathwell sent on January 10, 2019

Dear MaryAnn & Family
Our hearts are broken ~ We will always treasure the most fun memories of Larry from our Uniroyal days together and more recently our get-togethers in the Fall ~ lots of laughs always!!
Our most sincere condolences to all of you ~ R.I.P Larry

Condolence from Tristen Diebel sent on January 10, 2019

In loving memory of Larry Keller,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Leigh and Lois Steckley sent on January 10, 2019

Mary Ann and Family, we are so saddened by your loss and hold you in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by family friends and our loving God.

We are away for a few days and are not able to come to the visitation or funeral. Know we are there in spirit. Much love to all.

Condolence from Ryan, Devon, Ellie and Isla sent on January 10, 2019

My sweet Uncle Larry – so full of life and always smiling and so optimistic. We love you all very much and are sending all of our love to you guys. We will see you Saturday. xoxo

Condolence from Orval and Jeannette Cressman sent on January 10, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of Larry.

Condolence from Dianne Herold sent on January 10, 2019

Sending heartfelt sympathy to all of you. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days.

Condolence from James and Patty Ingold sent on January 10, 2019

Our deepest sympathy is extended to all of your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Judie Bowlby sent on January 10, 2019

Such sad news! Larry was such a pleasant guy always interested in who he was talking to! He was also a good roller Skater! Thinking of all of you as you travel thru this sad time. Judie