William “Bill” Keller of Fruita, Colorado passed away on February 13, 2013, at his home. He was 83 years old.
Bill was born in Hyannis, Nebraska to Chloe and Lola Keller on January 4, 1930. He spent his childhood in the Sandhills of Nebraska, working ranches, where he met and married the love of his life, Lois Lea Lineback, on December 19, 1948.
His early career found him as a logger in the mountains of Colorado until he started his career as a union carpenter in San Diego, Calif., in the summer of 1965.
Bill was known by many names; son, brother, husband, father, “pops”, grandfather, and most importantly, friend. He loved to help people. Because of that, he never met a single stranger, just a future friend. He was someone anyone could trust for anything.
His wife, Lois, preceded him in death. He is also preceded by his parents; brother, Clifford, and two sisters, Opal and Joy.
Survivors include two sisters, Delores (Jerry) Jones, and Helen King; daughter, Billie Keller; two sons, Chloe Kelly, and Bradley (Donna) Keller; grandchildren, James (Sheila) Ray, Jason (Alana) Ray, Sonja (Josh) Abbott; great-grandchildren, Michael Ray, Ashley Ray, Nathan Ray, Alexandria Ray, Domanick Ray, and Hunter Abbott, and one great-great-grandbaby, Ethan William Ray.
Bill will be dearly missed by family and many friends. A memorial service was held, Wednesday, February 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Monument View Bible Church in Fruita.