Richard John Keller

January 13, 1934April 15, 2021

Richard “RJ” Keller, 87, passed away on April 15th, 2021 at his home in Hermitage, Tennessee. “RJ” was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 13th, 1934, to John W. Keller and Bernice Keller. After graduating from Hazel Park High School in 1952, to support his family, he began his business career. In 1954, he met and married Elizabeth Ann Vincent from Jacksboro, Tennessee at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. After marriage, he joined the National Life Insurance Company and seven years and a promotion later, the family moved to the headquarters located in Nashville, Tennessee. After working forty-five years in the life insurance industry, he retired to be with his loving wife and family. In retirement, RJ spent many hours playing golf with his friends and family. Those who knew RJ best, know that his pride and joy were not in achievements but in his family. He will be missed by his beloved wife of 67 years, his three children: Cheryl Lynn Brown (Robert W. Brown), Karen Sue Farmer (Roger Farmer), Richard Dan Keller (Dawn Keller). RJ or better known as “Gramps” was especially devoted to his six grandchildren: Amy Elizabeth DeFord, Bradley Scott Farmer, Adam Wayne Brown, Richard Zachary Keller, Rachel Danielle Keller, and Joshua Warren Keller and three great grandchildren. Richard “RJ” Keller leaves a rich legacy as a faithful follower of Christ and setting the foundation for his family and generations after. He will be remembered for his constant smile, humor, caring spirit, helpful hands, his love for life, and of course, golf.


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Rick Keller

May 7, 2021

On behalf of our family I would like to share the pictures of my Dad and his family in the slide show at the link below:
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I have no regrets but there are a lot of "Wish I had's"...
One more day with him
Played golf with him and my boys one last time
Told him he was my Hero more often
There are so MANY more

Bradley Farmer

April 21, 2021


My Loving Grandfather, Husband and Father!! Wow how you will be missed but you left a legacy on so many that will live on for many years and generations to come. I am reminded often how I am just like you. Never met a stranger and will talk to anyone and everyone. From the Donald Duck call that always stopped me in my tracks or made Nana go (Gramps you are scaring the children stop that) but it always put a smile on my face. To always caring about me and my golf game or who I was attempting to marry this month. ( you will now have to smile down from Heaven, When I do find her, as you would always tell me, there has to be someone who wants to put up with you) I will never forget our rounds of golf together. Or the hand drawn characters on golf balls that you would display in the most pristine garage that I have ever seen. The Ping Driver that you would just smoke 230 down the middle and just smile knowing that is all you had left in the tank. Bragging about me to all those old farts as you would call them at Riverside. It always brought a smile to my face..Also you taking me to tournaments when I was younger trying to chase an opportunity to play College Golf. Not being able to turn left the entire time we were at a tournament in Michigan. I will never forget saying over and over again this is so dumb and you just laughed. Your contagious smile and love for life will never be forgotten. Just know we all love you and we miss you but I can assure you and anyone reading this you will be seen again in Heaven by us all. Your Love for Christ, the example you set for your family and your families children was impeccable. I have no doubt on April 15th you heard welcome home my good and faithful servant as you fell at the feet of Christ. LOVE YOU GRAMPS and thank you for all the life Lessons, memories and the example you set for so many. Rest Easy!! You Are Home Now!!!