From a contemporary press report:
Joseph Franklin Keller, 54, a retired Navy commander and a Springfield, Virginia, resident who since the early 1990s worked as a senior manager for local offices of Computer Sciences Corp., died of cancer September 25, 2001, at his home.
Commander Keller, a native of Newton County, Missouri, was a 1969 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He received a master's degree in computer science in 1977 from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
He served as an aviator in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Among his decorations were 32 awards of the Air Medal.
He moved to Springfield in 1984 and retired from the Navy in 1991, after 22 years of service.
He had been a Boy Scout leader in Springfield and a deacon at Knollwood Community Church in Burke.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Gail Keller of Springfield; three children, Thomas Keller of Springfield and Ashley Keller and William Keller, both of Alisa Viejo, Calif.; his mother; and two sisters.
KELLER, JOSEPH FRANKLIN, CDR, USN (Ret.)
On Tuesday, September 25, 2001, at his residence. Husband of Gail M. Keller; father of William, Ashley and Thomas Keller; son of Helen L. Keller and the late Franklin B. Keller, Jr.; stepson of Dorothy Meiler; brother of Diana Armstrong, Patty Mobley and Vicki Mooneyham. The family will receive friends at Knollwood Community Church, 10000 Coffer Woods Rd., Burke, VA 22015 on Saturday, September 29 from 1 p.m. until time of services at 2 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 16 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Joe Keller Memorial Missions Fund at Knollwood Community Church.
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