Albert Lee Keller, 72, passed away at home on July 12, 2020 after fighting a courageous battle against a rare disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He was born on Aug. 28, 1947 in Lodi to Henry G. and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keller.
Al received his grade school education at Galt Grammar School and graduated from Galt High School in 1965 and went on to receive a bachelors degree from Delta College in Stockton. After graduation, he continued working as a longshoreman and had worked his way up to a Supercargo position contracted with Pacific Maritime Association. He was a dedicated union member of ILWU – International Longshore Warehouse Union. He held many executive positions in an effort to build a strong united force to improve opportunities in the Labor Industry.
In his spare time, he enjoyed all of life’s activities including his love for gardening, attending car shows, waterskiing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, mechanic work, finding good deals at estate sales, his many trips to Tahoe with his children and their families and tinkering around with projects during his retired years. One of his recent achievements was purchasing and refurbishing the house that he grew up in. Al was a very talented man and there was nothing that he couldn’t do.
Albert is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda “Irwin” Keller; two children, Cheryl (Chris) Harris and Jeff (Celisse) Keller; his much-loved grandchildren, Corey Harris, Chad Harris, Shaelyn Keller, Elliana Keller and Jestin Keller; brother, Donald Keller; sisters, Lorraine Steelman, Gladys Dove and Joann Steelman; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents, Henry G. and Lizzie Keller; brother Harvey Keller and sister Janette Jahne.
Viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 22 from 1-4 p.m. at Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home at 831 Industrial Lane in Lodi. Flowers may be sent to the address above.
A Graveside Memorial will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 at Cherokee Memorial Park, located at 14165 North Beckman Road in Lodi. An Outdoor Celebration of Life will be held after