Ed Keller Jr.
Edward Worth “Ed” Keller Jr., 92, of St. Augustine, passed away peacefully June 25, 2016, at Samantha Wilson Care Center at Bayview after a brief illness.
Born and raised in Hastings, he was a lifelong resident of St. Johns County. He was known throughout his life as Brother Keller by all of his Hastings family and friends. He served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater. Ed retired in the 1970s as a potato and cabbage farmer to Crescent Beach. He loved surf fishing and his home on the Intracoastal Waterway. Ed was a devout Christian and an active member of both Christ United Methodist Church in Hastings and, later, Destiny Church International after retirement. Ed lived at the Bayview Pavilion since March 2014. He enjoyed being close to the Council on Aging, where he was active for many years. He continued participating in their activities, especially bingo, until spring of this year. He was dearly loved by his family and friends, and will be deeply missed. On May 7, almost 50 members of his family and close friends gathered at Bayview to celebrate his 92 birthday.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Opal Keller, in 2011.
He is survived by his daughters, Bonnie Patrice Allen (Jim) of Jacksonville and Beverly Jean White (Rick) of Palatka; son, Chris Edward Keller (Mabel) of Middleburg; and sisters, Wanda Louise Marquart of Julington Creek and Alice Joan McCool of St. Augustine. Ed was proud of his grandchildren and is also survived by them. They are Scott Allen (Christi), Brian Allen (Misty), Kristina Mobley (Joe), Ed Keller III (Elizabeth), Dorothy Benton (Kerry), Daniel White (Samantha), Leslie Smith (Chad Norman) and David White (Tish Belflower). He had16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at Destiny Church International with the Rev. Donavan Tinsley officiating. A visitation with the family will precede the service 1–2 p.m. with a reception provided by the church afterwards. Ed and Louise will both be interred at a private family service in the National Cemetery in Jacksonville at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Destiny Church International in St. Augustine.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.