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LTC Jack Norvil Keller, USA (Ret.)

Obituary for LTC Jack Norvil Keller, USA (Ret.)

November 3, 1931 - November 29, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 87


Jack Norvil Keller passed away peacefully November 29, 2018, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after a long struggle with congestive heart failure. He was born November 3, 1931, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Don Elroy Keller, Sr., and Mary Caroline Wright. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Dawson; brothers, Don Keller, William Keller, and Wilber Maurice Keller and by his daughter, Martha Keller. He is survived by Patti Keller, his loving and devoted wife of 37 years; a daughter, granddaughter, great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

He received his B.S. degree in Administration from The George Washington University in 1973. He is a veteran of the Korean and the Vietnam Wars. He enlisted in the Air Force at 18 years of age and was quickly selected for Officer Candidate School in the Army. During his Army Career with the Corps of Engineers, he took on numerous assignments and progressed through the rank of LTC prior to his retirement from active duty service. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant as a Combat Engineer in 1952. He served in France from 1952-1955 in the Communications Zone and then in the Korean Peninsula during the Korean War. During the Cold War, he served with the Engineer Construction Group Headquarters in Germany. In Viet Nam he served with the Military Advisory Command as advisor to the Vietnamese Army Chief of Engineers. He honorably retired on June 30, 1970, having received numerous awards and distinctions to include the Legion of Merit. He returned to federal service in 1972 working for the Department of Justice and later the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He met Patti in 1979, and they were married July 25, 1981, at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. He and Patti enjoyed a busy life living in Washington, D.C.; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois; and finally, in San Antonio, Texas, when he completed his second career with the United States government, retiring in 1977. He was committed to the veterans at Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital and had volunteered over 1,000 hours. At his request and with his guidance, the Texas Department of Transportation created the Legion of Merit license plate. He was a lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He will be remembered as an adventurous character with a zest for life, a passionate patriot and a loving and generous husband. He was sharp-witted and a jovial man, quick to tell a joke and lighten the mood. He lived life on his own terms and made the world a better place, He will be missed.

Visitation will be at Porter Loring Mortuary North on December 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

10:30 A.M.

Fr. Dick Elwood will officiate. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome, or memorials may be given in his memory to St. Thomas Episcopal Church or a favorite charity.

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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