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Fulton "Bud" Keltner
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In Elk Grove, California June 1, 2018. Fulton E. “Bud” Keltner, aged 88, 2 weeks, 6 days.
A native of Nixa Missouri, Bud is Survived by his wife of 63 years Norma Jean Keltner, Sons Rick Keltner and his wife Cynthia J. Keltner, Stan Keltner and his wife Peggy, Kelly, and daughter Tina. Grandson David Keltner (Mellisa), great grandchildren Taylor, Savannah, Ty, Harlie, Tayla, Tsia, and Trevon. Sisters Patsy and her husband Jim Wiseman, and Carolyn and her husband Gene Scroggins, Sister-in-law Ethie Sullivan and her husband Ronald, stepmother in-law Carol Williams, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Felix and Delpha Keltner; Sister Zelma Cox and her husband Homer Cox; and his daughter Catherine Theresa Keltner.
After graduating from Republic High School in 1948 Bud entered the United States Navy. He served honorably during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Agerholm DD 826. In May 1952, The Agerholm left San Diego with Gunners Mate 3rd Keltner aboard for a West Pac tour with Task Force 77 in Korea. The AGERHOLM conducted naval gunfire support off the coast of North Korea as required. During one exchange of gunfire with a Communist shore battery, a single enemy shell struck the destroyer in the after part of the ship, starting a small fire in the after crew’s berthing compartment and causing minor damage to the weather deck. Gunners Mate Keltner volunteered to go below decks to clear the compartment of shrapnel and the AGERHOLM continued on her assigned duties until December, when she set a course for San Diego, arriving in her home port on 21 December 1952
Upon his discharge from the Navy Bud moved to Sacramento where he married Norma Jean Williams of St. Louis, Missouri on October 16, 1954. They made their home and raised their family in Elk Grove for the next 63 years.
On August 18, 1953 Bud took temporary employment with Campbell’s Soup Company in Sacramento where he loaded boxcars during the tomato season. His strong work ethic was rewarded with a promotion to the parts storeroom where he created a new inventory system for system for storing parts and tools for faster location. He eventually transferred to the maintenance department as a mechanic trainee, worked his way up to AA (Double A) mechanic, foreman of filler/closer department on 3rd shift and ultimately the 3rd shift maintenance supervisor. He remained a loyal and dedicated member of the Campbell Soup family for 36 years.
Bud loved his family, his country, fishing, bowling, Sac State Hornet Basketball, and the Sacramento Kings.
Bud had a plethora of charitable and philanthropic passions, chief among them were the Shriner’s Hospitals which he enjoyed supporting through the Ben Ali Shrine Transportation Unit and the USS Agerholm DD826 Association.
Family and Friends are invited to attend a viewing Thursday evening June 7th from 5:00pm – 8:00 pm East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park and Mortuary at 9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Funeral services will be held Friday June 8th at 10:00 am at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park and Mortuary at 9189 E. Stockton Blvd.

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9189 E. Stockton Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624


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