2012-04-26 / Obituaries

Judge John W. Keller Waynesboro, 85

Judge John W. Keller, 85, Waynesboro, died peacefully on Thursday, April 19, 2012. He had been residing at Penn Hall in Chambersburg, and was critically ill for several weeks.

Judge Keller, known as “Jack” or “Kelly” by his close friends, was born in Waynesboro March 15, 1927, to Eva ( Nicodemus) Keller and NiemondF. Keller, aWaynesboro attorney. His grandfather was Jeremiah Keller, a judge in Juniata County.

Hewas a graduate of Waynesboro High School in 1944, where he was co-captain of the football team.

He began dating his future wife, Margaret “Peggy” or “Margie” (Etchberger) Keller after she defeated him in the election for class president. After high school, he served in the United States Army through the remainder of World War II, following which he went on to graduate from Gettysburg College in 1948.

He graduated from Dickinson School of Law in 1951 and began his legal career in practice with his father in Waynesboro, as the law firm of Keller and Keller. Judge Keller held numerous public positions, including borough attorney of Waynesboro and solicitor for Franklin County. He served on numerous community service boards, including president of the Waynesboro Area School Authority, as president of the board of directors of the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, as a director of the Waynesboro Industrial Development Authority, as a director of the Waynesboro YMCA, and as a director of Franklin County Bar Association and of the Pennsylvania Borough Solicitors Association. He was especially active in Renfrew Inc. and with Renfrew Park, Waynesboro.

He was an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waynesboro, where he served on the church council and as a Sunday school teacher.

He was elected as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, which rewrote the commonwealth’s Constitution in 1967-1968.

He was appointed judge of the 39th Judicial District by Governor Shafer in 1968, and was subsequently elected and then retained until his retirement in 1992. Thereafter, he served as a senior judge.

He is survived by two sons: John N. Keller and his wife, Martha Dudley Keller, and David S. Keller and his wife, Dawn Fischetti Keller, all of Waynesboro; three beloved grandchildren: Alexis Keller Sheard and her husband, Rod, ofMaeSot, Thailand; John Belding “Jeb” Keller of Waynesboro, and Katherine Ann Keller of Salt Lake City, Utah

Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waynesboro. Rev. Dennis Beaver officiated. Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a tree be planted in memory and honor of Judge Keller or memorial contributions be made to The Margaret E. Keller Endowment Fund, C/O Renfrew Institute, 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro PA 17268 or the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com

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