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Richard L. Kehler September 21, 1930 - January 13, 2021

Richard Kehler, 90, of Hackettstown found his eternal comfort in the Everlasting Arms of our Lord January 13, 2021. Born September 21, 1930, in Easton, PA, to Raymond and Gertrude (Cook) Kehler, Richard grew up in Washington and Hackettstown. He married the love of his life Gloria (Blake) on January 9, 1950, and just celebrated 71 years of joy-filled time together.

The Kehlers were busy creating a life centered around family. Richard was an example of selfless generosity to all who knew him. Everyone will always remember his kindness and compassion. His deep love for his family anchored generations that reflect that same love across each age.

He leaves behind his loving wife Gloria and six children: Deborah and Peter Fisher of Florida; Bradley and Colleen (O’Connell) of NJ; Diane Gaber and Adrian Perrachio of Connecticut; Robert and Donna (Mongiello) of NJ; Susan and Leonard Richards of PA; and Blake and Beth (Orcutt) of Maine. There are 11 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren spreading from coast to coast to coast. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Ruth, and his brother Gary.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to either:

Trinity United Methodist Church  213 Main St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840


Alzheimer Association  225 N. Michigan Avenue Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home. Because of Covid 19, a service for family members only will be held. A life celebration is planned for later this year. Thanks to all of you for your love. For those wishing to leave online condolences, please


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    Betty & Craig Wunderly says

    Richard, was truly a gentle man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
    Our thoughts and prayers for the Kehler family.
    Sincerely, Betty & Craig

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    Joy and Les Snyder says

    Very sorry to learn of the passing of longtime friend, Dick…Loved seeing him walking (usually by the post office) and never too busy to stop and have a chat. A great Father and family man for sure. Our Sincere Sympathy to the entire Kehler family. Joy and Lester Snyder

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    Peg Russack says

    Dear Kehler family, so sorry to hear of Mr. Kehler’s passing. He was a great man with a wonderful smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Doug and Peg Sheldon Russack

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    Steven and Regina Wojcicki says

    We are both so sorry for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. I will always remember his warm smile. May he rest in peace.
    Love to you all.
    Steven and Regina Wojcicki

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    Paul & Robin Wallace says

    Dear Kehler Family
    My Wife Robin and I were very saddened to hear of Mr. Kehler’s passing, and though His health had been failing, it doesn’t make the sting of His passing any easier.
    We Pray our FATHER in Heaven will comfort You all as only HE can, Through Christ our LORD.
    May GOD Bless you during this Difficult time
    In Christ Alone
    Paul & Robin Wallace

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    Martin O'Hora says

    Dear Gloria and the rest of the Kehler famoily our condolences.on the passing of. Aperson is judged by his offspring and your family speaks out loudly as to the character of this fine man.God Bless and RIP. Judy and Marty O’Hora.

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    Holly a Stinson says

    Dear Sue and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I will always remember his beautiful smile and his kindness towards everyone. May you be comforted by Gods everlasting love! Holly Stinson

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    Daniel and Elizabeth Richards says

    Dear Mrs. Kehler and family, We were deeply saddened by hearing of Mr. Kehler’s passing. As the patriarch of your beautiful family, we know that his memory will be cherished, and will endure in your hearts, and in ours forever.

    • Brad Kehler says

      Thank you, Dan and Betty Ann, for your condolences.

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    Lynch family says

    Our sincere condolences and sending our thoughts, prayers and love to the Kehler family. Tom, Pamela, Tyler and Jada Lynch

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    John Ferris says

    My deepest condolences. May your father’s memory be for a blessing. Wishing you peace.

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    Chick Dimiceli says

    Condolences to the Kehler family Dick was a family friend for a lifetime.He was a real gentleman.Always met you with a smile and a little humor.He will be missed

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    Timothy K Wallace says

    Growing up in another big Hackettstown family, we got to know most of the Kehler’s. Not so much Mr and Mrs though – until Sue married Len and became one of my wife Theresa’s best friends. It was then that we were introduced to how loving and kind both of them were. In Mr Kehler’s passing we know the family feels a great loss, and we would ask the Lord to comfort you all in this time of bereavement. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Tim and Theresa Wallace, Asheville.

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    Rosemarie Sinisi says

    My sincere condolences to the Kehler family and former neighbors.

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    John G Fenimore says

    Mr. Kehler was one of the most positive people I ever met. He always had good words to share with me and always had a smile and a story. His passing leaves a great void. My mom (who attended HHS at the same time) has told me he and Gloria were just as nice in high school. My condolences to the entire family.

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    Sam & Theresa Mongiello says

    Dear Kehler Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Richard will always hold a special place in our hearts. May you find peace and comfort today as you honor Richard.

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    Gloria Kehler says

    Thank you all for your very kind words. I appreciate them.

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    Jeanette Newcomb says

    Dear Brad, so sorry to read about your dad. I remember him as a quiet gentleman ; he reminded me of you. Know that Jim and I are thinking of you and your family with loving thoughts..Jeanette

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    Courtney Milton says

    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Richard. My family and I had the distinct pleasure of living next to “Me Ma and Pop Pop” for many many years. Me Ma and Pop Pop were more than just neighbors, they were like family to the Milton’s. My brother and I have so many fond memories of running through the bushes and swimming in the pool throughout the summer or waiting to hear the gravel driveway because that meant Me Ma and Pop Pop were back from Florida. We always knew it was 5 o’clock when we would look out across the front yard and we would see Me Ma and Pop Pop on the front stoop having a cocktail. They were the best neighbors! Pop Pop will always hold a special place in our hearts & he will be greatly missed by all. Courtney Milton

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    Gloria Kehler says

    I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and for thinking of me st this very difficult time.
    Gloria Kehler

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    Lisa M Keelan says

    Dear Kehler Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and dad. I remember Mr. Kehler fondly; as a genuine and caring person who always had a kind word to share. Having lost my dad recently, I know the hurt and emptiness this brings. Wishing you all peace and wonderful memories.
    Lisa (Ilvento) Keelan

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