OBITUARY

Andrew Ross Keller

April 23, 1984June 4, 2018

Andrew Ross Keller April 23, 1984 - June 2, 2018

Andrew Ross Keller passed away June 2, 2018, in Lakewood, CO. Friends and family remember the pure joy our dear Andy radiated in childhood. At birthday parties he insisted on giving his presents to other children. As a little boy, he would welcome the day by singing good morning to the sun at his window. Andy often staged imaginative performances with his sister and neighborhood friends. He had the sweetest demeanor, and brought light and love to everyone he met.

After attending Fruita Monument High School, Andy attended Mesa State College. Andy was an enthusiastic student, and as the constraints of traditional curricula did not easily satisfy his appetite for learning or his curiosity, he often pursued his education in a more independent manner. Andy would master one new interest (kayaking, astronomy, woodworking, landscaping, and more) before moving on to the next. One constant in his life was a passion for reading. He was not only a voracious reader from his earliest years, he also had an encyclopaedic intelligence and astounding ability to teach himself and others nearly any topic with deep understanding, no matter how complex. He was quick-witted and hilarious, and could make anyone ache with laughter. He was a gifted writer, a talented artist, and an adept scientist. Above all, though, what we admire in Andy is that he was a gentle, compassionate, kind, and long-suffering caregiver.

In 2008 Andy moved to Marble City, OK with his partner, Andrew Thompson, where Andrew T. was suddenly diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. For two painful years, Andy and Andrew fought a devastating battle while traveling between OK and Little Rock, AK. While he helped his partner navigate cancer treatments, Andy was frequently mistaken for an M.D. himself by world-renowned doctors, due to his vast knowledge of the medical sciences and attentive devotion to Andrew’s care. Andy was only twenty-six years old. Following Andrew Thompson’s death in 2010, Andy moved back to Grand Junction and began taking care of his ailing grandmother, Dorothy Dority. Andy carried Grandma through her difficult final months with a tenderness and dignity for which our family will be forever grateful.

Trying to regain his footing after these two heartbreaking losses, Andy moved to Denver to continue his education at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he studied Biology. He worked as a CNA, and later in the biology research labs at National Jewish Hospital. Andy loved Colorado, and revelled in the desert, mountains, and natural beauty around him. He was able to nurture anyone and anything — whether plants, animals, or people — with not only exceptional skill, but exceptional love.

Sadly, Andy struggled to fully flourish again after Andrew’s death, despite moments and seasons of vibrancy. He leaves us bereft of not only his presence, but also his promising future. He brought something wonderfully unique to this world, and to our (and many others’) lives. Andy suffered much cruelty in life, and we hope that others will join us in working to make the world a kinder, more hospitable place in his memory. We will never stop missing, loving, and cherishing our beloved Andy. We long to be reunited with him again one day.

He is survived by his parents, Beth and Frank; sister Katie Keller (Joey Stenberg), of Berlin, Germany; brother, Thomas, of Denver, CO; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and loved ones. Donations in his memory may be made to Grand Valley Catholic Outreach. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on June 22 at 1pm. “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”

Services

  • Memorial Mass Friday, June 22, 2018
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Holly Peterson

June 22, 2018

I will always be grateful to Andrew for his loyalty and kindness to my family, especially to my Brett. He taught us to be a little kinder, try a little harder and serve others a little more. The world was a better place with him in it. Truly blessed to have shared some precious moments with him.

Kirsten Fansler

June 21, 2018

I feel so blessed to have spent one of the most peaceful and spiritual moments of my life with Andrew. During the total eclipse last year, the wind stopped blowing, the birds stopped chirping, and the day turned into night. I felt like I got a glimpse into heaven and had an overwhelming sense of not being alone. I felt the peace and love that I know is waiting for us on the other side. With tears in my eyes, I glanced at Andrew and saw tears in his eyes as well. I know he is now feeling that same peace and in the arms of his loved ones. He will be so missed.

Daryl Peterson

June 18, 2018

I found in Andrew a keen scientific mind willing to learn and explore. He was friendly and kind to all and accepting of those who were different. His smile and laughter will be missed.

Aaron Fansler

June 18, 2018

Our time was short but you left a lasting impression. I've lost a lot of friends over the years and each one is just as hard as the last. Kirsten, Mocha, Brutus and I are going to miss you. Every time I see an eclipse you will be remembered.

FROM THE FAMILY