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Forum staff reports, Published July 12 2010

Louis Keller, half of brother tandem to invent Bobcat skid-steer loader, dies

The man who helped invent the Bobcat skid-steer loader died Sunday evening.

Louis Keller, who along with his brother Cyril, built the original skid-steer loader, a compact 3-wheel machine, to clean turkey barns in Rothsay, Minn.

Louis Keller of Edgeley, N.D., was 87.

In 1958, Gwinner, N.D.-based Melroe Manufacturing co. bought the rights to the Keller Loader and hired the brothers.

Since its production began, more than 750,000 Bobcat skid-steer loaders have been produced. There are more than 40 Bobcat models and 80 attachments available for uses ranging from hobby gardening, farming, mining, road excavation, construction, landscaping, snow removal and military purposes.

Cyril, 88, lives in Fergus Falls, Minn.

A funeral for Louis Keller is being planned by Lisko Funeral Chapel in Edgeley.

Read more Tuesday in The Forum.