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Fr. Maynard Kegler, OMI, 87

Father Maynard C. Kegler, OMI, age 87, of Sun City, AZ, formerly of Buffalo, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Arizona.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

Visitation was Sunday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to The Kings House of Retreats, 621 South 1st Avenue, Buffalo, Minnesota 55313, or Clare Housing, 929 Central Avenue N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55413.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota is serving the family.

Father Kegler was born Nov. 26, 1924, in Glencoe, the son of Louis and Elizabeth (Artmann) Kegler.

He attended St. Henry’s Seminary in Belleville, IL in September 1938, and graduated from there in 1944. He then entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Mission, TX. Philosophy and theology studies continued in Ottawa, Canada, where he was ordained as a priest Jan. 28, 1951.

After ordination Father Kegler taught at St. Henry’s Seminary in Belleville, IL for four years, then parish ministry in Veblen and Orient, SD, followed by years of preaching ministry at The Kings House in Belleville, IL and Buffalo.

He became Superior of The Preaching Board, and for 17 years, was director of The Kings House in Buffalo, and eight years as pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.

During his tenure as pastor at St. Francis Xavier, Father Kegler oversaw the construction of the Resurrection Mausoleum in St. Francis Cemetery in Buffalo, where he will be entombed.

For a few years, while residing in Buffalo, he served on the Board of Consulters of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese, as well as being a dean and member of The Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese.

Father Kegler belonged to The Knights of Columbus Council 4th Degree 2649.

He is survived by two sisters, Monica Albers of Winsted, and Benilda Greshewok of South St. Paul; a brother, Stanley (Diane Del Giorno) Kegler of St. Paul; longtime friend, Vern E. Gren of Sun City, AZ; and many nephews and nieces.

Father Kegler was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Elizabeth Kegler; brothers and sisters-in-law Sylvester (Lil) Kegler and Aloysuis (Mary) Kegler, and two brothers-in-law, Norbert Albers and Paul Greshewok.