Grover Everett Keller, 85, of Kingman went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, with his family at his bedside. Grover was born May 21, 1920, in Bisbee. He was the only child of Clinton and Claudia Keller. While living in Bisbee he met his wife of 63 years, Juanita Arene Stemen. They were married on Aug. 29, 1942.
From 1942 to 1945, Grover served as a sergeant technician in the United States' first "Draftee Division" in the 349th Battalion, 88th Division, known as the Blue Devils during World War II. During the war, he traveled to Africa and Italy. He received many medals, including a Bronze Star, for his service in the war.
After the war, Grover worked for Phelps Dodge Hardware Department in Bisbee. He moved to Kingman with his family in 1952 and began working as an assistant manager for Central Commercial in the hardware department. Later, he was hired by the Pennzoil Corporation and worked as a safety supervisor at the Duval Mine located at Mineral Park near Kingman. In the 1960s, he also served on the city's Addressing Committee of the Kingman Chamber of Commerce. In the mid- 1980s, Grover and Juanita opened the ceramic store, JP Greenware, in downtown Kingman.
Grover joined the First Southern Baptist Church in Kingman in 1952 and became a deacon in 1954, where he remained a deacon until his death. He led the boy's organization, Royal Ambassadors, for 28 years, where he taught loyalty to God, family and community. He was firmly dedicated to providing service to the church and its members. He was very active in all aspects of servicing the Lord and stressed this same importance to his family.
In addition, Grover was deeply involved in Boy Scouts of America for 64 years. He joined the Boy Scouts, Troop 6, in Bisbee in 1932 and became its scoutmaster in 1939, when he was 19 years old. When he moved to Kingman, he became the scoutmaster for Troop 28 until he retired from scouting in 2003.
During his lifetime, he served as a scoutmaster to more than 3,000 boys. He also helped 79 scouts become Eagle Scouts, who have become community and industrial leaders nationwide. Throughout the years, he received numerous honoring ceremonies for his years of dedication to the Boy Scouts of America, including a Key to the city of Kingman.
Grover was a loving and dedicated son, husband, "Pop," grandpa "wow" (great) grandpa, and friend.
Grover was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Juanita of Kingman; his six children, Sharon (Lee) Haywood of Golden Valley, Zelda (Richard) Wright of Kingman, Don (Debbie) Keller of Kingman, Clint (Loni) Keller of Kingman, Danielle Keller of Kingman, and Lana (Steve) Keller-Robinett of Kingman. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Ken (Anne) Haywood, Jon Haywood, William "Bear" (Huyen-Tran) Haywood, Shelley (Eric) Oestmann, Debbie Wright, Suzzanna (Alex) Keller-Duval, Jenny (Hans) Christensen, Mike Keller, Ted Peters, Dana Keller, Kyle Keller, Amber-Lee Marie Robinett, Sherry Robinett; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled to be held today at 2 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church in Kingman.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Southern Baptist Church Building Fund.
Pearl E. Selanders, 95, of Kingman died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, in Kingman. She was born Dec. 31, 1910, in Bemidji, Minn.
Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave.
A service will be held at Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens, Portland, Ore.
John Jay Huntley, Sr., 68, of Kingman died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, in Kingman. He was born March 15, 1937, in Big Arm, Mont.
Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.