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Obituary: Phillip O. Keltner, 83, Adair County, KY

Mr. Keltner was teacher in the Adair County School system for 30 years. He a was a founding member of Bethany Baptist Church. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, past post commander of VFW Post 6097, which will present full military honors at his burial.

Phillip O. Keltner, 83, Columbia, died Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at 5:40pmCT, at Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia, KY.

The funeral service will be Saturday, November 21, 2009, at 1pmCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, with Rev. Allen Durrett and Rev. Herbert Janes officiating. Burial, with full military honors presented by VFW Post 6097, will be in the Keltner Family Cemetery on Greensburg RD approximately four and one half miles from Columbia, KY. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Friday, November 20, 2009, at the funeral home.

Phillip Keltner, Adair Co., KY (1926-2009)

He was born March 7, 1926, the son of the late Marvin and Daisy Keltner and died November 18, 2009, at the age of 83 years, 8 months, and 11 days.

He was a founding member of Bethany Baptist Church. He retired after 30 years of teaching the Adair County School System. Phillip Keltner was most proud of his service in the United States Army from 1944-1946 in World War II. He served int he 345th Field Artillery Battalion, 90th Infantry Division 3rd Army, under General George S. Patton. He was also Post Commander of VFW Post 6097 from 1985-1986.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Ruby C. Keltner on May 28, 2003, and by a sister, Ruby Sexton, and a brother, J.W. Keltner.

He is survived by the following:
  • Two daughters and sons in law: Christie and Mark Pyles, and Kathy and Jimmie Dale Cox, all of Columbia, KY

  • Two sisters: Geneva Dohoney, Louisville, KY; and Brenda (Bea) Keltner, Columbia, KY

  • Four grandchildren: Jeremy and wife Amy Cox, Jackie Cox, Korianne Cox, and April and husband Micah Janes

  • Four great grandchildren: Janson and Makayla Janes, and Briley and Maggie Cox

  • and by his best friend and companion, his dog, Cocoa
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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