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Dixie Lou (Shears) &
Daniel Joseph Keleher, Sr.
Memorial Park Cemetery
Bartlesville, Washington County, OK
Photo © Joe Todd
Obit for Daniel posted by Ann Weber
Aug 2, 1936 - Sep 29, 2016
Daniel Joseph Keleher, Sr, owner of Keleher
Outdoor Advertising, died Thursday,
September 29, 2016 in Bartlesville,
BARTLESVILLE, WASHINGTON CO, OK
Daniel was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August
2, 1936 to parents F.J. and Cornelia (Meier)
Keleher. He attended Cascia Hall, and was a
member of the 1954 graduating class. Daniel
then enrolled in Notre Dame where he earned
a degree in business. During his Senior
year, he took a class in Outdoor
Advertising, and then realized he was
destined for a career in the Billboard
Business. After college, Daniel took his
first job with General Outdoor Advertising.
On September 10, 1960, Daniel married Dixie
Shears in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Dixie preceded
him in death on June 16, 2004.
As they raised their six children, Daniel
worked for various advertising companies, in
Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Ohio, and Nebraska.
In 1975, Daniel purchased United Outdoor
Advertising in Bartlesville. He grew this
business into the largest family owned
billboard company in Oklahoma.
On October 15, 2005, he married Joyce
Thompson-Tindel in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Daniel loved life, and was often heard
saying "This is LIVIN'!" He enjoyed
traveling, dining, Notre Dame football, and
the outdoor advertising business. Daniel was
honored to be in the National Outdoor
Advertising Association of America Hall of
He was deeply involved with the Bartlesville
community; a member of Kiwanis, Noon Rotary,
a past President of the Bartlesville
Symphony, and an Ambassador for the Chamber
Daniel was a lifelong Catholic and was a
member of the St. James Catholic Church
since 1975 although he attended Mass
wherever he was at the time.
Daniel is survived by his wife Joyce of the
home, his children, Dan Keleher, Jr. and his
wife Janie of Bartlesville, Rita Mohler and
husband Chris of Denver, Colorado, Theresa
Merrifield and husband Mike of Bartlesville,
Stephanie Lightle and husband Grant of
Bentonville, Arkansas, Cathy Lee and husband
Colin of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Barbara
and husband Lieutenant Colonel Robert
Garbarino of Columbia, South Carolina and
step children Jeff Tindel of Bartlesville,
Jared Tindel and wife Becky of Tulsa,
Oklahoma, and Jennifer Tindel of Wichita,
Kansas. Grandchildren Abbie Keleher Jolley
and husband Michael, Nick Keleher, Katie
Keleher, Benjamin Mohler, Ryan Mohler,
Sophie Mohler, Alex Merrifield, Jenna
Merrifield, Rhianna Lightle, Cade Lightle,
Mason Lee, Savannah Lee, Madison Lee,
Isabella Garbarino, Malia Garbarino, Lorelei
Garbarino, Mark Garbarino and step
grandchildren Kylee Tindel, Korynn Tindel,
Konner Tindel, Kaleb Tindel and Kayson
Daniel was preceded in death by two
brothers, Thomas and Gerald.
A Rosary will be said Wednesday, October 5,
2016 at 7:00 P.M. in the Stumpff Funeral
The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00
A.M. Thursday, October 6, 2016 at St. John
Before The Latin Gate Catholic Church in
Bartlesville, with Interment to follow in
Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mary
Martha Outreach, 1845 W. 4th Street,
Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003. (918)337-3703
Friends who wish, may sign the online
guestbook and leave condolences at
Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory
1600 Southeast Washington Boulevard
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Oct. 2
to Nov. 1, 2016
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