|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1952|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1981|
Military Rites For Capt. Keller
DONNYBROOK -- Full military honors will be accorded by Minot Air Force for the funeral and burial of Capt. Donald P. Keller, 29, Sembach air Force Base, Germany, formerly of Donnybrook, who died Sept. 17 of injuries sustained in an air collision while flying on a NATO maneuver.
The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Donnybrook School Auditorium. The committal service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Rosehill Memorial Park in Minot.
Donald Peter Keller was born Jan. 12, 1952, at Kenmare, and was reared in Donnybrook. He graduated from Donnybrook High School as valedictorian of the 1970 class. While in high school, he earned several blue ribbons in horse racing, played basketball, was a member of the school chorus and glee club and performed in state speech events. He attended a high school citizenship seminar at the International Peace Garden in 1968, was a delegate to North Dakota Boys State and Won an Outstanding Teenage of America Award in 1970.
He graduated from North Dakota State University, Fargo, in 1974 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of the Air Force ROTC program and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force following graduation. He had held several jobs while in college and played French horn in the NDSU band.
His first Air Force assignment was as a test engineer in rocket propulsion at Edwards AFB in California. In 1978 he graduated with honors as a pilot at Vance AFB in Oklahoma, earning silver wings and an officers leadership award. He was promoted to captain in August 1978, and assigned to Sembach AFB. He was a member of the 601st Tactical Control Wing at Sembach.
Captain Keller was a member of the Air Force ski team in Germany and had participated in four skiing events at Garmish, West Germany. He also attended night school while in Germany and earned dual master's degrees in aeronautical science and aviation management. He had been scheduled to return to the United States in December to enter squadron officers school in Alabama. From there he was to go to lead fighter school at Holliman Air Force Base in New Mexico and to F-4 fighter school in Georgia.
Surviving are his wife, the former Shelley Jo Nelis, who he married Sept. 17, 1977, at Boron, Calif.; daughters Jennifer Jo and Julie Dawn; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Keller, Donnybrook; and sisters, Marlo Keller, Salem, Ore., and Bonnie Keller, Missoula, Mont.
Friends may call at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Minot Daily News 9/25/1981
Pete Keller (1914 - 1990)
Shirley Hall Keller (1917 - 1998)
Rosehill Memorial Park
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Herb Schwede
Record added: Apr 13, 2010
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