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Robert Cornelius Keller

September 20, 1921 - June 12, 2017

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Robert C. Keller passed quietly in his sleep Monday afternoon, June 12, 2017 at age 95. Bob was the oldest of Jacob and Hilda Keller's 4 children. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but lived many years in the Philadelphia area. He married Doris V. Burns in 1944 and they lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia. After retiring, they moved into Bob's father's rustic house in MD, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay where the family enjoyed boating and water skiing. They eventually settled in Englewood, FL. After Doris passed away, Bob managed well by himself for...

Robert C. Keller passed quietly in his sleep Monday afternoon, June 12, 2017 at age 95. Bob was the oldest of Jacob and Hilda Keller's 4 children. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but lived many years in the Philadelphia area. He married Doris V. Burns in 1944 and they lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia. After retiring, they moved into Bob's father's rustic house in MD, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay where the family enjoyed boating and water skiing. They eventually settled in Englewood, FL. After Doris passed away, Bob managed well by himself for several years. However, his last year and a half was spent in an assisted living facility in Lynchburg, VA so he could be closer to family.

Bob worked at Westinghouse until he retired. He was drafted in 1944 and fought in France and Germany with the 79th Infantry Division during WWII. He received the Bronze Star for meritorious action in combat, the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. He was authorized to wear the Army of Occupation Medal, the WW II Victory Medal, and the European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. After "VE Day" he was transferred to the Ist Infantry Division where he served as a Military Policeman. One of his duties involved guarding German prisoners of war during the Nuremburg Trials. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

On returning to the states, Bob resumed his work at Westinghouse, becoming a quality control inspector. He and Doris built a house and started a family. Bob was a fun-loving man who seldom turned down a challenge, especially the game of chess, playing with friends and finally an electronic chess board. He was always working with his hands, fixing things, and trying any craft that piqued his interest. He loved to paint, mostly scenery, beginning with oils and pastels in his younger years to water colors later. In his retirement years, he also kept busy handcrafting wooden carvings of anything and everything . animals, people, various objects, including a model airplane, and even a replica of a clock tower. He and Doris traveled around the U.S. and into Mexico and Canada with various 'camping' clubs. They started out tent-camping on family vacations, then upgraded to a tent-trailer, followed by several travel trailers. They had an Airstream for a few years and ultimately turned to motorhomes while dragging a vehicle for local transportation.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Virginia (Ginnie) Penn (and husband Bill) of Bedford, VA and his son, Lawrence (Larry) Keller of Stafford, VA. He has 4 grandchildren, Kevin Penn, Wendy Penn Learn (and husband Rob), Jennifer Keller Valentine (and husband Ian), and Deborah Keller Molina as well as 6 great-grandchildren, Morgan and Ryan Learn, Madelyn and Kelsey Penn, and Isabel and Alan Molina. He is also survived by his youngest sibling, Jacqueline Smith of Brandon, FL as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bob was predeceased by Doris, his wife of 60 years, his sister Ruth, and his brother, Harold.