Visitation at Funeral Home
Obituary of Robert J. Keller
Service and Burial for Mr. Robert Keller are Private.
The family requests that all guests that visit the funeral home, to please wear a mask.
Bob Keller will be remembered most as someone who was sharing and selfless. He had many interests, all of which he pursued with passion, but he would experience the greatest joy when sharing these with his family, no matter how much extra time and effort was required.
The first time Bob went skiing he fell in love, and soon passed this love on to his wife, Susan. When Bob and Susan decided to start a family, they built a house near his favorite ski mountain so that he could pass down his love of skiing to his two sons. He would drive his entire family up from Long Island every weekend during the winter season, and spend his time teaching his children how to ski, picking them up over and over every time they fell. His sons developed a passion for ski racing, and Bob would drive them all over the country to different events and stand in the freezing cold at the finish line, cheering them on.
His love of the outdoors was not limited to cold temperatures; after Bob graduated from Bucknell University he spent the next several months backpacking and hiking throughout the entire Western region of the United States. This was such an inspiring experience that he resolved to visit every National Park, and vacations to the wild forests and mountains soon became a family tradition. Every summer he would take three weeks off and travel to new places with his family, and together they would experience everything that nature had to offer.
When he was younger Bob would go to rock concerts, seeing bands live such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Who, staying up all night for encore after encore. He also loved to read; his incredible collection of books spanning hundreds of authors, from Tolkien and Asimov to Tolstoy and Shakespeare. During the long road trips between National Parks and ski mountains, the miles would fly by while listening to CD’s of his favorite rock bands, and reading books from his library.
After Bob retired, having spent 39 years at New York Life, he worked with his wife to build a new house on the property where their children grew up, ensuring that his family could spend the rest of their lives in a beautiful and environmentally friendly home. He will be missed, but his memory will live on forever in our hearts and minds as a loving husband and father.