A celebration of life event is planned for this afternoon in Wilber for the man known as Czech Days Charlie.
Seventy-six-year-old Charlie Keller died last week. He was the longtime president of the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber, which hosted the Czech Days Festival every August.
In an interview last year, Keller told how Wilber’s residents have the fest in their blood.
“People come up to me and they’ll say, ‘Oh, Charlie, I’m too old to do anything. What can I do for Czech Days?’ and I’ll tell them, ‘You did it. You mowed your lawn. You let people sit on your grass when the parade goes by. That is given out of your heart. You can’t give more than that.'”
Keller died on Friday after a long bout with cancer. He was undergoing treatment last summer, but it didn’t stop him from coordinating the festival and announcing events during the celebration.
The service is at 2 PM this afternoon at the Sokol Hall in Wilber. Czech attire is encouraged.
Memorials can be made to the family or to the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice