‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Gary's visitation.

Gary Keller

Gary Keller, 74, passed away November 18, 2021, with his family by his side in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gary was born December 2, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Lawrence and Allene Keller. His father worked at Cincinnati Bell. His mother worked at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Gary graduated from Colerain High School in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Science at Eastern Kentucky University in 1969. In 1973, he graduated Ohio State University with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, Gary was a veterinarian at Bridgetown Pet Hospital from 1973 to 1976. He continued his career in lab animal medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Most of his career (30 years) was spent as a Director of Veterinary Services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

He was an active member of CREW at The Cincinnati Zoo. Gary was also a key contributor to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and community organizations such as Cincinnati Public Schools, the Kiwanis Club, and the Cincinnati Zoological Society, where he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee. He was a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 1973, Gary was bestowed the Alumni Recognition Award from the Ohio State University.

Above all, he loved spending time with family. He also enjoyed fishing, woodworking, bird watching and landscaping.

Gary is survived by his wife Sandra (Kathmann); his brother Larry Keller (Donna) and his sister Patricia Rolfert (William); his cousin James Keller (Debbie); his devoted children Cary Keller (Alex), Noelle Stubenrauch (John), Robert Keller (Christy), and Christopher Keller (Jackie); and his grandchildren Tanner, Hannah, Connor, Olivia, Kyle, Alyssa, Emma, and Norah.

Private interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease foundation.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gary Keller, please visit our flower store.


Dr. Keller was a supportive instructor when I was his student at UC and was always friendly and encouraging during my work years at UC and CCHMC. Rest in peace.

Kathy Sebastian Nov 30 2021 8:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Keller

Ken Parks Nov 24 2021 9:57 AM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Jane Goecke. Group of 1 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Gary Keller.

Jane Goecke Nov 24 2021 8:32 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Keller

Alfor Lewis Nov 23 2021 11:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Keller

Hal Stills Nov 23 2021 5:40 PM

I will miss my brother. He was a dedicated veterinarian. Loved animals all his life. He made a difference in the lives of people he knew and animals. Touched a lot of lives. I have memories that will be in my heart forever.

Pat Keller Rolfert Nov 23 2021 4:10 PM

Gary and I were always great friends while attending Colerain. I have memories of fun and laughter. Later I happened upon Gary at the OSU Veterinary College. My late husband, Tom, graduated in 1974. Several times we reacquainted at our high school reunions. What a wonderful guy and friend Gary was to all. It is with heartfelt sympathy I send my condolences, Barb Muehlenhard Krall, Seminole, Florida. Life is short, hug each other always ❤️

Barb Muehlenhard Krall Nov 23 2021 11:53 AM

I met Dr Keller in 1982 when I started my career at UC. I continued working with him again when I started working at Cincinnati Children's. Those were the Good old days. I can't believe he is gone, he will be missed

Maureen (Mo) Bender Nov 23 2021 5:11 AM

I will miss my brother and our discussions. I was pleased and proud that he could pursue so many aspects of his amazing career as a Veterinarian even though he had allergies to pets. He was known for his contributions to protecting endangered wildlife with his work with the Cincinnati Zoo and his designs for laboratories engaged in medical research. He will be missed in the family, in his field and in the community. God speed his soul.

Lawrence (Larry) Keller Nov 23 2021 2:43 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Keller

Angie Cummins Nov 22 2021 4:51 PM

Show More Entries