Dewey H. Keller, Sr.

April 7, 1930 - December 5, 2014
Dewey H. Keller, Sr.

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Dewey H. Keller Sr. 84, passed away at his home in Castle Hayne, NC, Friday December 5, 2014, after a brief illness.

Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 514 College Rd. Wednesday December 10, 2014. Viewing will be at 1:00 PM and the service at 2:00 PM Graveside service to follow.

Dewey was born April 7, 1930 to John and Myrtle Keller in Maryville, Tn. Upon graduation from Everett High School, Maryville, TN, he joined the Navy, he was embarked for two tours during the Korean War. He served in the Navy for 7 years. After his honorable discharge, he took the electronic skills developed in the Navy and worked for IBM and then RCA, working in the national defense arena. In 1973 he relocated his family to Castle Hayne after accepting employment at Federal Paper Board. He retired in 1992 as the maintenance supervisor but continued being the resident electrical and electronic expert to anyone needing his assistance. He was a licensed pilot, electrician, heat and air, pool maintenance, and realtor, he liked licenses. He taught electricity at Cape Fear Tech. He had a life-long thirst for knowledge and had the heart of teacher, always willing to assist anyone in need of any of his many talents. Even though he was usually the smartest guy in the room, humility was one of his greatest traits.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he served as a member of the Bishopric, Sunday school teacher, Elders Quorum President, Mission Leader, High Councilman and Genealogy librarian.

Dewey is survived by his wife Vada, sister Merle, brothers Fred and John, four daughters, Nancy Gregory,(Gene) Edie Hines (Doug), Sharon DaSilva,(Javier) Ellie Keller,(Billy) and one son, Dewey Keller Jr. (Erin) He leaves 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, almost all living in the Wilmington area.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the LDS Church Mission Fund or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • December 07, 2014
    sharon ellis says:
    I am so happy that I had the honor of meeting Mr. Keller. His story of meeting Ms. Vada , and of his children were told with such obvious pride and the love was so visible in his smile and the twinkle in his eyes as he shared his story. My heart and prayers are with all of you. Ellie, I am here for you and yours. My condolences.

  • December 14, 2014
    Kayla says:
    Hi my name is Kayla and I am a local bible teacher. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. There is a very comforting scripture at Isaiah 25:8. It says that soon Jehovah will swallow up death forever and that he will wipe away all of the tears. So we can all look forward to a time when death will be no more. I hope that this scripture can bring some true comfort during these difficult times.

  • December 08, 2014
    sharon ellis says:
    I had the honor of knowing Mr.Keller for only a short time. He shared with me how he met Ms. Vada and about his children.It was so clear by his smile and the twinkle in his eyes as he spoke that he was so full of love and pride of you all. My thought and prayers to each of you. Ellie, anything.

  • December 08, 2014
    Robin Baxter says:
    May God bless your family with peace and comfort.

  • December 08, 2014
    Eleanor Pratt says:
    I have very fond memories of Dewey, he was always smiling. He was kind and gentle.