Joan Shanabarger Keller

December 15, 1937 ~ July 11, 2019 (age 81)

Joan Shanabarger Keller, 81, of Churubusco, went home to her Lord and Savior on July 11, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her four children.

Born in Churubusco, on December 15, 1937, to the late Joseph and Eloise (Ardern) McGuire. She spent her formative years in Churubusco, graduating from Churubusco High School in 1955.

Joan married Robert Shanabarger in Churubusco on August 27, 1955. He preceded her in death on February 15, 1993. Later she was married to Walter Keller in Churubusco on May 27, 2000. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2005.

She was well-known for her time as a restaurant server during her adult life.

Joan was a member of the Churubusco United Methodist Church. She was very active in the food ministry, missions, and the finance committee. She was a past president of Churubusco Volunteer Fireman's Auxiliary and the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Assoc. Auxiliary.

Joan is survived by her four children, Renee (Lex) Luther, Brenda (Robert) Sade, R. Bruce (Lorraine) Shanabarger and Nila (Scott) Duffitt; two brothers, James (Jean) McGuire and Robert (Janet) McGuire; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; also several step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by a son, Gregory "Boog" Shanabarger; two sisters, Mary Geiger and Barbara Pranger; a son-in-law, Randy Beeks.

Services will take place at Churubusco United Methodist Church on July 15, 2019, at 11:00 AM with calling one hour prior to the service.

Family will also receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Sunday, from 2:00 PM, until 6:00 PM, with an IVFAA memorial service at 6:00 PM.

Burial taking place at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

In Lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department.

Online note to the family at

Donations may be made to:

Churubusco Fire Department
805 John Krieger Dr., Churubusco IN 46723

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