Retired Senior Chief Machinist Mate (MMCS), Surface Warfare (SW) Ronald Edward Keller passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the age of 72.
Ron was born to Marvin E. Keller, a United States Army lieutenant colonel (retired), and Dollita Keller in Warner Robins on March 17, 1944.
Ronald was a retired United States Navy senior chief, former commander of local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8385, VFW Georgia state commander (2013-2014) and former president of the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club (AFMC). Ron’s favorite hobbies included fishing, model trains and other outdoor sports.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Rebecca (Beckie); brother, Alan Keller and sister, Angela Keller; sons, Kenneth Keller, James Russell Alger III and his wife Michelle; daughters, Felicia Hartley and her husband Tim (United States Navy, retired), Luana Alger, Crystal Freeman-Alger, Wendy Oberkirch and her husband Jack (United States Navy, retired); grandchildren, Logan, Dustin (United States Navy), Steven and Chelsea Keller, Ashley Teeter, Ronald Stringfellow (United States Army, veteran), Jemini (United States Army, veteran), Micheau (United States Army) and Kira Kelley, Jonathan (United States Marine Corps, veteran), Matthew (United States Marine Corps, veteran) and Rebecca Van Hesteren; great-grandchildren, Guy Keller, Mickaylah Curtis, Rylee and Briana Van Hesteren, Justin Stringfellow, Jayden and Caleb Garrison, Mabel Kelley, James Russell Alger IV and John Alger.
Ronald was preceded in death by his mother and father and great-grandson, Seth Dunford.
Ron was a loyal and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, shipmate, brother and friend. His smile, sense of humor and unrelenting support for our country, our veterans and anyone in need will be sorely missed.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with Chaplain Gray officiating and with full military honors. The family received friends one hour prior to services at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the VFW National Home for Children or the We Care Fund. Please call VFW Post 8385 at (912) 729-7933 for contact information for the above charities.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.