Jeffrey Alan Keller
February 6, 1947 – July 25, 2020
Jeffrey A. Keller, 73, devoted husband, supportive father, and loving grandfather went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 25, 2020, surrounded by family in his home.
Jeff was born on February 6, 1947 in Reading, PA to Leon J. Keller and Grace M. (Hollenbach) Keller of West Lawn, PA. He was predeceased by his brother Michael L. Keller of Wyomissing, PA. Jeff is survived by his wife Karen (Yorgey) of 45 years and his sons Cory J. Keller (Jennifer) of Blue Bell, PA, Joshua M. Keller (Lindsey) of Austin, TX and Brett A. Keller (Terese) of Flemington, NJ , and his grandchildren Layla, Brynn, Samuel, Emmie, Carson, Vivian, Shane, Matthew and Chase.
Jeff attended the Wilson School District where he excelled as an athlete. He was awarded a full athletic baseball scholarship to Temple University. He earned his degree in physical education and obtained a position in the Reading School District as a teacher. He went on to receive graduate degrees from East Stroudsburg and Lehigh Universities. He moved into administrative roles in the Reading School District and Tulpehocken High School. In 1987 he became principal for Exeter Township High School, where he served proudly for 18 years. He retired from that role in 2005. He then served as an adjunct professor at Alvernia University.
Jeff devoted his life to service through his family, education, and to his church, New Life Bible Fellowship Church in Oley, PA. He was a longtime member and served as an elder there for almost 20 years.
Jeff was known for his love of sports. He pitched for Temple baseball and was a self-proclaimed master of the knuckle curveball. He remained active his entire life and enjoyed golf, swimming, running, biking, tennis, basketball and watching baseball. He especially enjoyed doing these things with his three sons. He spent many years as a little league coach as well as an umpire and referee.
Jeff Keller will be remembered by everyone who knew him as a selfless, strong and overall good guy with a positive outlook on most anything. Those who were blessed to call him by name will carry the gift of having had him in their lives forever.
Burial service will be private to the family at Forest Hills Cemetery in Exeter Township. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a future date. A memorial page has been created for personal messages at www.weremember.com/jeffrey-keller/9t5t/memories.
Contributions in honor of Jeff can be made to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Auman's Inc Funeral Home, Reiffton is honored to serve the family. Please pay respects at www.aumansinc.com
- Karen Y. Keller, Wife
- Leon Keller, Father (deceased)
- Grace Keller, Mother (deceased)
- Cory J Keller, Son
- Jennifer Keller, Daughter-in-law
- Joshua M Keller, Son
- Lindsey Keller, Daughter-in-law
- Brett A Keller, Son
- Terese Keller, Daughter-in-law
- Michael L Keller, Brother (deceased)
- Layla, Grandchild
- Brynn, Grandchild
- Samuel, Grandchild
- Emmie, Grandchild
- Carson, Grandchild
- Vivian, Grandchild
- Shane, Grandchild
- Matthew, Grandchild
- Chase, Grandchild
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- Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
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Jeffrey Alan Keller
August 8, 2020
So many fond memories of Mr. Keller. To say that he was a great man is an incredible understatement. He was the kind of person that made you want to be better in every way possible. One memory in particular that really stands out for me comes from a little league practice when I was 8 or 9 years old. It was almost the end of practice and the last activity was to race against one another. I at the time was very much overweight and Mr. Keller was well aware of the fact that this was going to be difficult for me. I don't remember the words that he said but I do remember how he made me feel in that moment. I was both encouraged & inspired to do my very best. That was the kind of man Jeff was, someone who encouraged and inspired others to be their very best. He will be greatly missed...
August 4, 2020
Whenever we saw Jeff, his smile was ever-present. He was a dedicated family man, a well respected educator, and the ultimate sports enthusiast. We will keep the family in our prayers.
Daria and Ken Smith
August 3, 2020
Great, fond memories of coaching Little League with Jeff for 2 years in the late 1980s at Stonersville with our son Guy, and Cory along with all the great players on Pathmark those 2 years. Jeff was a class personality and calming influence on all our players, and even me as a co-coach. Our deepest sympathy to you Karen, and to ALL of your family in the upcoming days and years ahead.
Guy & Peggy Roman
August 2, 2020
I was sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. I knew Jeff during my teaching career , coaching career at Gov. Mifflin and as a referee. During the last couple of years I have had the pleasure of playing golf with him on Mondays and Wednesdays. He was always fun to play golf with. I admired him for his good nature and his courage. I will miss him.
August 1, 2020
Jeff was a former student of mine at Wilson and I consider former students my friends. I got to speak with Jeff several times in recent years at his Wilson Class of '65 Luncheons. He was always upbeat and friendly and I enjoyed reminiscing with him. I feel badly for Jeff's family for I know they will greatly miss him, as will his many close friends and former students. Rest in peace, Jeff.
Mary Lynne Rathman
July 31, 2020
Being a part of the Wilson 65 Class where Jeff was a leader and a really nice guy was very special.
I want you to know I am upholding you and your family during this difficult time.
The Lord be with you.
July 30, 2020
In September 1967, I moved into the apartments at 15th & Allegheny when I went to Temple. Jeff lived right across the hall and we became good friends and we lived together in the summer of 1968. What a great roommate- he was the cleanest person I ever met! Jeff could have been a major league pitcher if he had not hurt his arm, but became a star outfielder at Temple. He tried to teach me his knuckle curve - that didn’t work! My first ski trip was with Jeff - I didn’t break anything. We ran up Church Lane Road together (my one and only), not for Jeff, though. Our sons, his Cory and my Brett became great friends. Jeff Keller was a good man, humble and kind. A great husband, father and grandfather. Humble and kind..... I only have the fondest of memories when I think of Jeff. My thoughts and prayers go out to Karen and the boys and their families. His picture included in this memory book is perfect!! Rest In Peace!! Charlie
July 30, 2020
Keller Family. I was saddened to see of Jeff’s passing. I played baseball against him and he was a great competitor. He was principal at Exeter when my daughter passed through and he ran a tight ship. Most of all he was a class act. I know he was so proud of his family. RIP Ole Buddy.
Jan Rosenthal Greenspan
July 29, 2020
Karen, I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. May your memories bring some peace to your heart. Jan
July 29, 2020
On behalf of the Exeter H S Eagles Alumni Assn., we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Karen and her families at this difficult time. May God Bless you all!
July 29, 2020
I grew up with Jeff all through grade school and into Wilson High. He was as good a man as everyone has said and even thou I moved out of state after high school it was always great to see him at the Class of 65 reunions. He was always asking about my family. The group from West Lawn grade school away played sports together right into high school. Jeff was always one of the stars. He will be missed. My thoughts are with his family.