OBITUARY

John R. Keller Jr.

June 9, 1948February 15, 2021

John Raymund Keller, Jr., 72, passed away February 15, 2021. He was born on June 9, 1948, to John and Helen Keller in Lexington, KY. John served two tours of duty as a Force Recon marine in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1972. Along with David Wetzel, he started United Extracorporeal Support, Inc. in 1985, a business that provided perfusion services for the open-heart program in Louisville. He worked as a perfusionist with well-known surgeons in the Louisville area, Dr. Laman Gray and Dr. Bill DeVries, and assisted in Kentucky’s first heart transplant.

John loved traveling and sports – especially basketball and golf. If there was a UK basketball game on, you could be sure he was watching it. Most recently, he enjoyed a few skydives in the mountains of Colorado.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Craig. John is survived by children, John C., Vincent, Rudy (Natalie), and Christina Byers (Alex); two grandchildren; and siblings, Mary Simpson (Bud) and Mike Keller (Julie).

There will be no funeral or visitation, but a private memorial will be held at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy in John's memory may be made to the charity of donor's choice.

You can reach out to the family by posting memories and condolences at www.kraftfs.com.

Services

  • Private Memorial at a Later Date

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Bob and Wanda Ritz

February 27, 2021

Vincent, Rudy, and Christina. So sorry to hear of the passing of John. Please know you ALL are in our thoughts and prayers.
We wish you peace and comfort as you endure these times of loss.

Bob and Wanda

June and Mark Keller

February 25, 2021

June and Mark Keller

February 25, 2021

To John Christopher Keller and family:
Deepest sympathies to you and yours on the loss of your Dad, John R. Keller. You, your mother Carole, and your dad, John R. Keller, attended my wedding/rehearsal dinner on June 6, 1981 where you ( John Christopher) were my ring bearer at our wedding in Louisville, Kentucky. Take care and know that your father is gone but not forgotten.....
June and Mark Keller
Richmond, Virginia

Ruth Schmidt

February 23, 2021

Vincent, Rudy, and Christina, I want you to know I am thinking about all of you. So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I have great memories of all the times we spent together when you all were younger. I also have memories of John in the OR at Jewish where he was always professionals and took good care of his patients and his team. He will be missed. Ruth

Stacey Ousley

February 20, 2021

I will always remember John’s unwavering loyalty and kindness to me when I was overwhelmed and experiencing great loss. I wish I could go back a thank him and let him know how much his grace and understanding meant to me. John will be greatly missed.

Wishing you peace and sharing in your sorrow. xo Stacey

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