Obituary: The life of the one and only Kurt Keltner
On Aug. 4, Kurt Keltner set out on the Kenai River — his happy place. After a long afternoon of fishing, he and his buddies were headed back up river for the evening, when something malfunctioned with the boat’s steering, causing the boat to spin rapidly, sending all four passengers overboard. Three of those passengers made it to shore, suffering minor injuries, but Keltner did not. The reason for Keltner not making it to shore is still unknown, but family and friends suspect that he was unconscious when he hit the water.
After days of searching up and down the riverbanks and using sonar detectors to look under the water’s surface, the whereabouts of Keltner are still unknown.
Kurt had been a resident of the Vail Valley since 1972 and continues to live through his mother Shirley Keltner, his brothers Kliff and Kraig, his sister Kris, his beloved wife Teresa Keltner, and their three children; Sage, Jessica and Melisa. We invite anyone who knew Kurt Keltner to join us in celebrating his life on Friday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 7 p.m. at 4 Eagle Ranch. We will be sharing memories and laughs, the way he would want to be remembered.