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Obituary: J.W. Keltner, 74, veteran of Korean Conflict


Mr. Keltner was a member of a prominent Gradyville family. He was a member of New Life for the Nations, a retired truck driver, and was a major source of history of the Gradyville Community, including stories from his parents about the Gradyville Flood

J.W. Keltner, 74, of 85 J.B. Patterson Road, Columbia, KY, died Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at 8:30pm, at the Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital in Bowling Green.

The funeral service will be Saturday, February 2, 2008, at 1:00pm at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Reliford officiating.

He was a son of the late Marvin and Daisy Keltner, a member of New Life for the Nations, a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a truck driver. Mr. Keltner was relied on a those doing historical research on the community of Gradyville and could related stories he heard from his parents about experiences in the June 7, 1907 Gradyville Flood.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Harris Keltner, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • Three daughters: Denise and husband Jerry Adamson, Columbia, KY; and Karen Brummett, Susan and husband David Wise, all of Campbellsville, KY

  • One brother: Phillip Keltner, Columbia, KY

  • Two sisters: Geneva Dohoney, Louisville, and Bea Keltner, Columbia, KY

  • Six grandchildren: Brandy Bragg, Christopher Compton, Bradley Adamson, Bethany Harvey, and Bailey and Bennett Wise

  • Four great-grandchildren: Gracie Adamson, Evan Compton, Grant Adamson, and Brenton Harvey
Burial will be in Union Cemetery on Milltown Church Road, in the Bliss Community.

Visitation wil be after 4:00pmCT, Friday, February 1, 2008, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, 42728.

Memorials are suggested to either New Life for the Nations Pre-school or Kentucky Christian School.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.

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