Fr. Daniel E. Keller

KELLER, Fr. Daniel E., Apr 13, 1956 – Mar 8, 2010. Daniel Ellwood Keller died Monday after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Fremont, Neb., to Janet and Lloyd Keller. His youth was spent in Lincoln, Neb., Schenectady, NY, and Omaha. He loved playing baseball and football and enjoyed all sports as a spectator. He played trumpet in the Westside High School Marching Band and later led the Westside Band as Drum Major. After graduating from Westside, Fr. Keller attended the Air Force Academy in Fort Collins, CO. He then entered the Seminary at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He was active in the Chamber Singers and toured England and Scotland with the choir. He earned a B.A. in Psychology at St. Thomas and then attended the North American College in Rome for his Theology studies. Fr. Keller was ordained on July 10, 1982. He served at St. Cecilia Cathedral and St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, St. Mary Parish in Bellevue, St. Joseph Parish in Wisner, and St. Bonaventure Parish in Columbus. Fr. Keller earned an M.S. in Family Therapy from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and served as a family therapist for the Archdiocese of Omaha’s Catholic Charities. Fr. Keller was dedicated to outreach for at-risk populations and families in crisis. After his Deaconate Internship in Calcutta, India, he was drawn to be present with those in pain. In his ministry he worked extensively with families in grief, those coping with chronic illnesses and those affected by domestic violence and addiction. His lifetime of serving others in pain has been a blessing to all who have encountered his cheery smile, his tender heart, and his faith-filled voice! Other interests included travel, Husker sports, biking, acoustic guitar and singing. Fr. Keller is survived by his parents, Lloyd and Janet Keller; siblings, Nancy Lee and Greg Keller; much-loved family and friends: Rich, Josh and Jake Lee, Lorena, Johan and Elise Keller, Mary, Joel, Katy and Ella Gabriel, Nicole, Steve, Christopher, Michaela, Matthea and Nicholas Boon. VIGIL SERVICE Thursday, 7pm, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Friday, 10am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church. Memorials to Archdiocese of Omaha’s Catholic Charities, especially the Domestic Violence Project. VISITATION from 4pm Thursday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church.

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