GySgt Robert Keith Keller

April 5, 1977January 18, 2013

GySgt Keith Keller, beloved husband of Nicole, began his eternity on January 18, 2013. A vehicle driven by GySgt Keller collided with a tanker truck on January 9. He suffered severe head injuries that left him in a coma for nine days. Keith was born April 5, 1977 to Don Keller and Martha Webb Keller in Anderson, South Carolina. He graduated from Seneca High School in South Carolina in 1995 and joined the Marine Corps on January 22, 1996. After completing two deployments in Iraq, Keith, his wife, Niki, and son, Xavier, moved to Abilene in August 2011. He worked as a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of Recruiting Sub-Station Abilene. He was a member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene.

Survivors include his wife, Nicole Keller of Abilene; his parents of Easley, South Carolina; a son, Xavier Grayson Keller of Abilene; a daughter, Ariana Grace Keller of Columbus, Georgia; a brother, Paul Keller of Anderson, South Carolina; a sister, Natalie Keller Jacobson of Spartanburg, South Carolina; an aunt, Ann Kem of Franklin, Kentucky; and an uncle and aunt, Bob and Charlotte Kleier, of Smiths Grove, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at First Baptist Church, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South. Reverend John Whitten of Pioneer Drive Baptist and Chaplain Bill Appleton, Captain, CHC, USN at MCRD San Diego, CA will officiate. The family will receive friends at 9:00 a.m. at the church before the service.

A visitation will occur at Robinson Funeral Home, Powdersville Road, Easley, SC at 7:00 p.m. January 25, 2013. A military funeral will occur at Rock Springs Baptist Church, Easley, SC, at 11:00 a.m. January 26, 2013. Burial will follow at Robinson Cemetery, Easley, SC, January 26, 2013.

Keith deeply loved his wife, children, family, and the Marine Corps. Memorials may be sent to Hendrick Medical Center, CCU Department, 1900 Pine Street, Abilene, Texas, 79601.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 23, 2013

GySgt Robert Keith Keller

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Whitney Thomas

January 30, 2013

I will be praying for your family, Nicole. Your husband helped me out 2 years ago when I was visiting home and had no idea on where to get a few things for my deployed husband's care package. His hospitality was unforgettable and the display of love for the Corps was unwavering. I am proud to have met him and appreciate what he did for our country.

Rest easy, Gunnery Sergeant.
Semper Fidelis

Bernard Lyons

January 25, 2013

Nicole, I can not begin to understand how it feels to lose someone that you love so much. I hope that you and the kids are okay and surrounded by those that love you. He was truely a good man, outstanding Marine, and a good friend. i am truely sorry for your lost and hope that you and the family are okay!

Ashley Marshall-Rivas

January 24, 2013

Gunny, you will be undoubtedly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with your family during this time of grief. It is rare that we come across people in this journey called life who can leave such an imprint in our hearts as you have Gunny.

GySgt Glenn Martinez

January 23, 2013

Semper Fi Keith. You will always be remembered as a great Husband, father and Marine. It was an honor to serve with you as a member of the Wolfpack. Fair winds and following seas.

Johnny Phillips Jr

January 23, 2013

I had the privilege to serve with this man. I am deeply sadden that GySgt Keller will not be with us. My heart and prayers are with your family Keith. I know you will be standing guard at heavens gate and when I get there I am sure you will recoginze me when I call you "Boot". SemperFi Brother!

Lacy Lugo

January 23, 2013

My thoughts & prayers are w/ the family!! It was a pleasure meeting, knowing & working w/ Keith back in high school .... Looks as though he had a fulfilling life & career w/ loving family to support him! May The Peace that passes all understanding from our Lord Jesus comfort you all in this time of need!

Rubin Ervin

January 23, 2013

R.I.P. Brother the Corps and World were a better place with you in it!

Josh Blanchard

January 23, 2013

Rest in Peace Brother, you will be missed.

January 23, 2013

Msgt bobby l Harris Jr. Retired Marine Corps family Semper FI

Agapito Casanova

January 22, 2013

Very sorry to hear of your loss. He was a wonderful, kind and loving person, father and Marine. May God be with you. Our thoughts and prayers go to your family.

Casanova Family