Richard Leo Keller, 59, state highways appraiser

July 09, 2005

Richard Leo Keller, a retired state highways appraiser and Vietnam War veteran, died of a heart attack June 30 at his Fells Point home. He was 59.

Born in Baltimore and raised on South Carey Street, he attended Southern and Edmondson high schools. He received his General Educational Development diploma and later earned an English degree from the University of Baltimore.

He and his brother Robert Keller enlisted together in the Marine Corps and were sent to Vietnam, where they served from 1966 to 1967. Robert Keller died in 2000 from an illness related to exposure to Agent Orange, family members said.

Mr. Keller became an appraiser for the Maryland State Highway Administration before retiring on medical disability about 20 years ago.

He enjoyed travel and read works of World War II and Vietnam history.

He also was a volunteer at Our Daily Bread and Bread and Beans.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include a son, Lee Keller of Owings Mills; two daughters, Alice Keller of Bergen, N.J., and Lara Keller of Owings Mills; two brothers, Edward Keller of Elkridge and George Keller of Hampstead; two sisters, Clare O'Brien of Centreville and Barbara Cosden of Darlington; and two grandchildren. His two marriages ended in divorce.

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