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Brian D. Keller

Brian D. Keller, age 66 of Lodgepole, NE passed away on Monday, June 24, 2024. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 A.M. on Monday, July 8, 2024 at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel in Sidney, NE with Pastor Johnathan Sang. Inurnment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, NE. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website.

You may view Brian's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Brian's care and funeral arrangements.

Brian was born December 18, 1957 in Chula Vista, CA in San Diego County to Alex and Kathryn Keller. He grew up in California, then moved to Minot, ND, where he attended elementary school. He attended Nekoma High School in Nekoma, ND. Growing up he was very into the outdoors and sports. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, basketball, and baseball.

After graduating high school, he joined the Marine Corps and was a part of the North Dakota Rough Riders. Brian served 4 years in the Marine Corps, and exited service in the year of 1980. He received a good conduct medal and an expert badge for the M16 rifle.

Afterwards, he attended WNCC College in Sidney, NE and got his degree to become an auto body technician. Brian really enjoyed his work as an auto body technician and was very skilled in his profession. Places he worked include Preferred Auto Body in Orange, CA and Caliber Collision.

After graduating, he moved to California where he was married and had a daughter, Hannah. He also later remarried and helped raise his three step children, Kerri, Tamiko, and Matthew who he was close to and cared for as his own children. To his children he instilled his passion of valuing and enjoying the outdoors. He continued to share his enjoyment of archery, fishing and hunting with those he loved throughout his life. Brian was the chairman of Riverside Archers, located in Riverside, CA for several years, where he helped organize archery tournaments. Later, Brian went back to Nebraska to spend time with his family and get away from the city life. He resided in Gurley, NE. He worked part time at Pittam Body Shop.

In 2023, Brian was diagnosed with cancer. Brian was raised Catholic and had a strong belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. After 9 months of battling the disease, he went to be with the Lord. In all, he was a very loving caring and enthusiastic patriot who loved his country, family, and other friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Alex Keller and brother-in-law Ray Jallen.

Surviving is his daughter Hannah, mother Kathryn Keller, siblings, Jeff and wife Helen Keller, Vickie and husband Gary Verke, Margaret Jallen, Todd and wife Melody Keller, Bradley and wife Debbie Keller, Mark and wife Namanet Keller, Erin and husband Steven Pinkerten, and best friend Elmo. Also, numerous nieces and nephews.



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