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Francis {Butch} L. Kehler Sr

Died: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 26, 2018
Location: Bethany Congregational Church

Funeral Service

5:00 PM Wed., Dec. 26, 2018
Location: Bethany Congregational Church

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Francis L. “Butch” Kehler Jr., 71, of Centre St., Ashland, passed away Saturday, December 22nd, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Lebanon.

Born in Hegins, March 6, 1947, he was the son of the late Francis L. and Elsie Carl Kehler Sr.  He was a graduate of the former Ashland Area High School, class of 1966, and was immediately drafted by the U.S. Army.  Francis served in Vietnam as a Para Trooper with the 5th Air Borne Special Forces Group, attaining the rank of Sergeant.  He earned the National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Metal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Air Metal, Combat Infantryman’s Metal, and the Purple Heart on September 14, 1968, for wounds received in combat action.

Francis was a member of the Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church, Ashland, were he served as church stuart and church treasurer.  He owned and operated Francis Kehler Contracting Company, Ashland, until his retirement, His other memberships included the American Hose Company, V.F.W. Post #7654, American Legion Post #434, and the Good Fellowship Club, all of Ashland.

Preceding him in death was his wife of 42 years, Judith Ann Kehler, passing in December of 2010, also sisters Gloria Schoffler, Geraldine Leese, Rita Wright, and Loraine Sliger.


Daughter:  Dawn Kehler, Ashland

Son:  Francis L. Kehler III, and his fiancé Diane Kutsko

Companion:  Betty Deeter, Ashland

Sister:  Jeanette Metzinger, Bloomsburg

Sister:  Jean Bower, Cleona

Sister:  Grace Sloan, Lake Panasoffkee, Florida

Sister:  Debbie wife of Terry Schoffler, Gordon

Brother:  Clair Kehler and his companion Alice, Hegins

Brother in Law:  Burd Wentzel and his wife Sandy, Ashland

Five Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service, Wednesday, December 26th, at 5 PM, in the Bethany Congregation Church, 13th and Market Sts., Ashland.  Officiating will be Rev. Denis Snyder, pastor.  A viewing will be held in the church beginning at 3 PM until service.  Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be made to Bethany Congregational Church, 13th and Market Sts., Ashland, PA,.  17921.  Visit www.Fritzfuneralhome.com.  The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.



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Julie (Straub)Weaver
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
To the entire Kehler Family:

We all want to express our deepest condolences in the passing of Francis. He was my Mom's cousin - Margaret (Carl)Straub. I got to know him real well at the Kehler Reunion. He was a very nice man. Not as crazy as his brother, Clair. He was the quiet one to keep the others under control. He is now one of God's many angels watching over all of us. He will greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts and payers during your time of bereavement.

Julie (Straub)Weaver
Warren Sr.
Warren Jr.

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