|Wednesday, 23-Nov-2005 00:00
Donald W. Keller, Sr.
I would like to take a minute to make this post on the passing of my Papa and Kris' Pampa. I promised to do so and give Kris the opportunity to view the obituary and pictures. God Speed Corporal. We will celebrate his life upon your return home! - Dad (I will be adding more pics as time goes along so keep checking back Grunt!)
Beloved Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather passed away November 23, 2005.
Don was born June 9, 1930. A bouncing baby boy was delivered unto Muse W. and Bertha (Miss Bert) Keller of Palmetto, Louisiana. The youngest of four siblings. He passed on to God's Holy Temple at the much too young age of 75. He is survived by his lovley wife Patricia "Strawberry" Keller - Pinson, AL, his four children Charlotte A. Keller - Weston, FL, Donald "Watt" Keller, Jr - Snellville, GA, TSgt David M. Keller USAF - Maxwell AFB Montgomery, AL, and Dawn Moore - Hoover, AL. Don is also survived by his brother Charles M. Keller - Lafayette, LA, sister Geraldine Gravel Dean - Oak Ridge, TN, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Keller formerly of Metarie, LA but due to Hurricane Katrina is now in Memphis, TN. He was preceded by brother Harold Keller - Metarie, LA.
Don's extended family reads of a true legacy to his life and includes the following:
The children of Watt and Janice Keller:
Donald W. (Beau) Keller III - Loganville, GA
Cpl Kristopher G. Keller USMC - Camp Lejeune, NC
Keven C. Keller - LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA
Elizabeth A. Keller - Snellville, GA
The children of David and Stephanie Keller:
Averi Keller - Maxwell AFB, AL
David M. Keller, Jr. - Maxwell AFB, AL
The twin children of Dawn and Steve Moore:
Conner and Lauren Moore - Hoover, AL
Don is also survived by his great-granddaughter Hailey Keller, daughter of Beau and Amanda Keller of Loganville, GA.
Don Keller's hard work, loyalty, and dedication were proven by his reputation in the industry of his employment, mainly firearms sales and distribution. He was a true legend in the industry and spent a large part of his younger career shooting professionally for industry giant Remington Arms. So much so that Don was inducted into the Alabama Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in this very year of 2005. His previous employers were Turner Lumber Company, Wiss Shears, Savage Arms, Remington Arms, Smith & Wesson, Duncan-Lewis, and recently Tim & Hunter Associates. Spanning decades of service to not only his profession but also to his Chruch, the First Baptist Church of Trussville, AL. He was a strident member of the Gwen Haynes Sunday School Class.
The funeral service was held at The First Baptist Church of Trussville and Don was laid to rest in Blount Memorial Gardens, Oneonta, AL. The service included Gospel song selections performed by The Keller Brothers, nephews of Don's from Louisiana, that included Kenneth Keller, Vernon Keller, John David Keller, and Warren Keller. Funeral services were directed by one of Don's closest and dearest friends, Bill Perry of Usrey Funeral Home, Talladega, AL.
Donald W. Keller, Sr served his Country in the United States Air Force after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette during the Korean Conflict and although he was accorded the Honor of a military funeral he decided to hold to the family tradition of family and close friends handling the pallbearer duties. The pallbearers were sons Watt Keller and TSgt David Keller, grandson Beau Keller, son-in-law Steven Moore, Jeff Gagner, and close friend Keith Kinghan. Military Services, Rites, and Honors were performed by sons Donald W. Keller, Jr USMM (ret.) and Tech Sgt David M. Keller USAF with special deference noted to Don's grandson Cpl Kris Keller USMC currently stationed Kharma, Iraq per his final request.
Gone But Not Forgotten!
God Speed "Pampa"!